Eggshell starting to crack

July 29, 2010 A huge mosaic made of tile covers the floor of the ancient Palazz Barberini at Palestrina, Italy, depicting a scene of the Nile River in one of its annual flood stages when boats of all sizes could move about areas that were usually under cultivation.Remember, this tile mosaic was put into place when the building was constructed 2,200 years ago, in the first century B.C.

Vote for prosperity

July 29, 2010 Jobs are key to moving our economy back toward prosperity for everyone.Between now and November’s election savvy voters will seek information about jobs, the economy, new and rising taxes, growing deficits and debt, and ideas about how to lead our nation back to prosperity.Savvy voters will look for leaders who propose solutions, not politicians who look backward with nothing more than name-calling, blame-gaming ineptitude and poor judgment.

Community center at Fitzhugh, ball fields on Gap Road

July 29, 2010 Dear editor:I would like to address many recent letters to the editor opposing the tax for a sports complex and community center.First, I want to clarify and emphasize that the community center would be located at the current site of the little league fields and tennis courts at Fitzhugh Park, providing a central location for all city and county residents to use the new pool, aquatic center and recreation facilities. The ball fields will be moved to one location on Gap Road.

5 mindsets of super successful people

July 28, 2010 What’s the difference between good and great?Why are some people able to create super successful lives, while most of their peers hover near the mediocre middle?As someone who’s spent a lifetime studying human behavior, it’s not just about your level of education or your skills; it’s about the mindset that you bring to everything, particularly your interactions with others.The superstars of life don’t just act differently; they think differently. And I’m not just talking about monetary or career success. I’m talking about success as a human being.

Opportunity to improve lives of citizens

July 28, 2010 Dear editor:On August 10 Batesville voters will have the opportunity to approve construction of a Batesville community center and sports complex. Does this include a tax increase? Yes; a 1 cent temporary sales tax for construction and a permanent 1/4 cent sales tax for maintenance. This is trivial compared to our tax burden for poor health.

Now is precisely the time

July 28, 2010 I was born in Batesville and have lived here for most of my life. Like so many others, I grew up playing ball at Fitzhugh and North Complex. Now I have two sons that also play baseball and soccer at these facilities. I am also a board member for ICYAA and on the Parks and Rec Commission. Our facilities have served us well for a long time, but as a community, we are in need of an upgrade. Many have argued that now is not the time, but I would argue that now is precisely the time.

How to mooch off your parents

July 27, 2010 I can’t really blame them, if you want to know the truth.I speak of the latest down-economy trend: More 20-somethings are moving back home with Mom and Dad — and happily accepting financial assistance.So pronounced is the trend — some 41 percent of parents are giving their 20-somethings some 10 percent of their combined income — that Parade magazine published six tips on how to “help grown children without going broke.”Which prompts me to offer 20-somethings tips on how to take advantage of a good situation.

Get out and vote

July 27, 2010 Stop the Sports Complex ParadeIt is time that city officials end their parade of activities for a sports complex. It is going down in defeat. They need to move on to projects that are going to more directly benefit the future of Batesville like the North Little Rock natural-gas fueling station being proposed by Mayor Patrick Hays.