CLC’s treatment doesn’t pass smell test

July 2, 2010 When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Christian Legal Society v. Martinez on June 28, was it a victory for nondiscrimination, as one side claims — or an example of religious discrimination, as the other side argues? “Discrimination,” it seems, is in the eyes of the beholder.In this case, the eyes that count belong to the five justices who sided with the University of California Hastings College of the Law, ruling that requiring recognized student groups to accept any student as a member or leader, dubbed the “all-comers” policy, is “a reasonable, viewpoint neutral condition.”

Summer of discontent

July 2, 2010 President Obama has had a rather challenging start to the Summer of 2010: Gen. McChrystal’s remarks to Rolling Stone magazine and the resulting shift of NATO control in Afghanistan to Gen. Petraeus; the continuation of the high-profile and painful BP oil spill; the Elena Kagan Supreme Court nomination hearings; and the move by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to enact strict immigration control policies within her overwhelmed state.

Cushman Miner’s Day moved to Oct. 8

July 1, 2010 Dear Editor, Every year you normally do an article regarding Cushman Miner’s Day and we were hoping to change a few things this year. Number one is the date. Due to extreme heat and lack of any air-conditioned facilities, the 19th Annual Cushman Miner’s Day’s celebration will be moved to October 9th, 2010 and continue to be in the month of October as long as the annual event occurs.We feel like our performers, vendors, children and visitors will be a lot more comfortable and feel more like participating in the parade and activities scheduled throughout the day.

Secure Arkansas petitions circulating

July 1, 2010 Dear editor:I was approached by a man today asking me to sign a petition for Secure Arkansas. He rattled off a list of things that illegals are doing, and this organization wants to put a stop to it. One being collecting food stamps, another that they are getting drunk and running over our kids and killing them.

Obamatorium transforms America

July 1, 2010 What effect will a six-month moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf have on the economy of the Gulf States and the rest of the country? Is the moratorium an Obama kickback to George Soros who needs more oilrigs off the coast of Brazil? Is this the crisis Obama will use to transform America into a socialist state? Hear me out.

Artifact supports early reports

July 1, 2010 An interesting artifact that turned up 35 years ago on Boca Chica Beach lends an air of authenticity to old reports that Spanish explorer Alonso Alvares Pineda landed in 1519 on the banks of the Rio Grande river or further south, perhaps on the banks of Soto Marino River in Mexico.Pineda called the river he saw “the Rio de las Palmas.”The artifact — a stone — has the following inscription carved on it in Spanish: “Alonzo de Pineda with 270 men and four ships. 1519.”

Budget freeze

July 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK —  State employees did not get pay raises when the new fiscal year began today. State employee pay raises traditionally take effect at the beginning of the state fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.Budget officials hope that if the economy improves and state revenue increases, a raise may be possible about halfway through the fiscal year.In FY 2010 the state had to trim its budget by $206 million. Also, the state tapped into a rainy day fund for about $25 million to avoid cuts in services.

Something ventured, something gained

June 30, 2010 The tears came without warning the next morning while alone in my car. I wasn’t sobbing and my expression was somewhere between a grin and disbelief, but tears were trickling down my cheeks.Only on television did people quit their jobs because they felt unfulfilled as an artist and have it actually work out. Most people who walk away from paying gigs to become singers, artists, or in my case, writers, end up penniless and begging for their old job back after learning that they weren’t quite as good as they thought they were.

Look at our (faded) yellow ribbons

June 30, 2010 Edith Shain was 91 years old when she died last week in her home in Los Angeles. You knew her as the woman in the iconic black-and-white photo of a jubilant soldier kissing a nurse in Times Square on V-J Day. The snapshot tells an American tale of a war ending and an entire generation of people coupling up — creating the suburbs, a solid middle-class and a stupendous baby boom.

Get fierce, or get ready to fall

June 30, 2010 Can a single conversation ruin your business?  Or end your marriage?Author and leadership expert Susan Scott says, “While no single conversation is guaranteed to change the trajectory of a career, a company, a relationship or a life — any conversation can.”Scott, the author of “Fierce Conversations,” writes, “Our lives succeed or fail gradually, then suddenly, one conversation at a time.” Which is kind of a scary thought given that most of us don’t spend much time thinking about, or planning, our daily conversations.