We can fix what ails us

September 15, 2010 Sure, the economy is a mess and the future isn’t looking so hot. But we’ve had big problems before — we’ve solved them before.Take polio.According to the book “SuperFreakonomics,” it would be hard to invent a more frightening illness. Polio struck children. Nobody knew how it was contracted. There was no prevention or cure. And it hit hard every summer.My Aunt Cece contracted polio in the summer of 1951, just as she was starting the eighth grade.

Impact felt by others

September 15, 2010 What happens if your best friend’s sister gets divorced? Or your officemate’s boyfriend quits smoking? Or your neighbor’s husband loses his job?Does it have any impact on you?The answer is probably yes. When someone who is one person removed from your inner circle experiences a decline or improvement in their wellbeing, it can have a direct impact on you.

Daytime TV a sad wasteland

September 15, 2010 While Lady Gaga’s insufferable “Let’s Dance” played, Ellen Degeneres made her way to the stage “dancing” in the semi-awkward style she has made famous. Not merely a quick intro bit before her show begins, this went on for multiple minutes and the audience screamed with delight.

Mistake noted

September 14, 2010 Recently I wrote a column about tolerance toward those of different beliefs whether it’s at Ground Zero in New York City or in our own hometowns. In the column I also made the statement that we didn’t deport Germans during WWII. Thanks to two readers, Art Jacobs in Tempe, AZ and Eberhard Fuhr in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, who were both interred in the 1940s I now realize I made a mistake.

College book report

September 14, 2010 Just as parents try to get over the shock of this year’s college tuition rates, the bills start piling up for peripherals – everything from desk lamps to laundry. So here’s a question regarding one of higher education’s most exorbitant non-tuition items: Why does a collegiate paperback such as “Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life” cost $133.95?

Sara Low Memorial 5K results

September 13, 2010 FemalesName    Hometown    Age    TimeLeah Thorvilson    Little Rock    31    20:26.60Ginny Lantz    Austin    33    22:15.73Logan Bishop    Batesville    16    22:16.39Mollie Matthews    Batesville    17    22:18.01Halle Rush    Batesville    15    22:22.32

Game-changer didn’t work

September 13, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — (AP) — If Blanche Lincoln was hoping for a game-changer in her uphill fight to save her political career, this wasn’t it.Twelve years ago, Lincoln won her Senate seat in a race where her Republican rival stumbled on the controversial subject of abortion. In her first debate against John Boozman, whose late brother was defeated by Lincoln in 1998, the two-term senator tried to inject the issue one more time.

More doom and gloom

September 13, 2010 Doom. Impending doom. Deep, dark, impending Democratic Party doom. Losing one if not both houses of Congress – deep, dark, impending Democratic Party doom. Deep, dark, impending Democratic Party doom of Biblical proportions destined to make 1994 seem like walk in the park with a loved one down a sun-kissed lane strewn with fallen magnolia petals. Then again, wait. Maybe not so much doomishness.

Families wait on decison

September 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas families with a member who suffers from developmental disabilities are closely watching a trial taking place in a courtroom in Little Rock.State government is on trial, defending the operations of the Conway Human Development Center against a lawsuit brought by federal officials of the United States Department of Justice.

Remembering 9/11

September 10, 2010 It won’t generate headlines or make “breaking news” on cable networks but on Sept. 11 tens of thousands of Americans will fan out into their communities to run food drives, repair schools, refurbish neighborhoods and perform many other acts of service to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11.All of these volunteer efforts are part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance proclaimed annually by the president, as authorized by Congress in 2009 at the urging of 9/11 families and first responders.