One born every minute

August 31, 2010 It could have been worse.Some years ago, I had just spent the last of my savings to have a British convertible restored.I was a master then at buying high and selling low. Nonetheless, desperate for cash, I was eager to sell.I figured I could get $4,900 for the car, but I was also a master at poor timing: Only a fool would sell a convertible just before winter.My newspaper ads generated no calls. My for-sale sign in the window generated only one lead.

More money for schools

August 30, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A legislative subcommittee recommended spending an additional 2.5 percent on public schools next fiscal year to ensure that education is adequately funded as required by the state Constitution.That  would mean $69 million in increased funding for schools from kindergarten through grade 12 in the 2011-12 school year.

A 75-cent dream

August 30, 2010 Like most unmarried gals, I dream of what my wedding day will be like, what my colors will be and what my dress will be. (If you’re a regular reader of my column, you know I’m a big dreamer.)There’s just one little catch. I don’t want just any dress. I want it to be cheap.Let me rephrase that. I want it to cost cheap, be in good condition and be a 1950s-style dress. Whether it’s true vintage or a reproduction doesn’t matter. I just don’t want to pay an arm and a leg.

Defining moment

August 27, 2010 The angry and increasingly ugly debate over a proposed Islamic center in Lower Manhattan — misleadingly dubbed the “ground zero mosque” by the news media — raises troubling questions about the future of religious liberty in the United States.An astonishing one-third of the American public, including 53 percent who identify as Republicans, believe that Muslims do not have the constitutional right to build a mosque at the proposed site, according to a poll released this month by The Economist.

Taking control serious

August 27, 2010 The shocking discovery of 72 murdered Hispanic migrants on a ranch just south of the U.S. border should be a wakeup call to all Americans that the security of our beloved nation begins at home.Here in Arizona we have seen firsthand the bloody consequences of the crime and violence being imported by criminal aliens across our borders. Peaceful Phoenix has been transformed into the kidnapping capital of America.

Demand honesty

August 26, 2010 Weaving my way through Wally World, bewildered by the remodeling, I grazed toward the fruit section. Thankfully it hasn’t moved! My mission was simple. Retrieve a bunch of grapes for my daughter. Grapes just happen to be her FAVORITE fruit snack ... outside of just eating fruit snacks.Perusing through bunches looking for one that appeared less damaged than the others, I found one suitable for her. Wally World’s grapes tend to get nasty and mashed on the shelf so this process takes a little time. After checking out I went home.

Celebrating Mother Teresa

August 26, 2010 Today, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata [Calcutta]. Mother Teresa, a devout Catholic, abandoned everything to  follow Jesus  into the slums and serve him amongst the poorest of the poor. She lived her life at a very deep  spiritual level and was admired by millions throughout the world.

Definition is different

August 26, 2010 Dear Editor:In reference to Tom Purcell’s editorial that appeared in the 8/25/10 edition of the Batesville Guard, I must admit that I disagree with his conclusion that if you follow the legal argument presented in the California Proposition 8 case that one would agree that “a state has no legal basis for banning same-sex marriage.” The argument that a ban on same-sex marriage is a violation of the U.S. Constitution ‘s equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment does not hold water for me.

Same-sex marriage

August 25, 2010 I hope they know what they’re getting themselves into.I speak of same-sex couples who are hoping to marry. Longtime conservative litigator Ted Olson says it is just a matter of time before they’ll be free to do so.Olson argued successfully against California’s Proposition 8 — a ballot measure passed overwhelmingly by voters — which banned same-sex marriage.

Let our fear be more accurate

August 25, 2010 Right after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a dry cleaner’s storefront was vandalized and set ablaze in Modesto, Calif. The reason? The business was named “French Cleaners.”