Proud to be an American

June 23, 2010 Dear Editor:On Sunday, June 20th, I and several of my friends traveled to Batesville to pay honor to William Chris Yauch.  We wanted to honor him, and perhaps by our presence, give some comfort to the family.

Learning to drive

June 22, 2010 I have got news for my friend Camille. You don’t have to be a parent to get gray hairs from teenagers driving.She recently told me about her experience giving her 17-year-old son some driving practice, and after exactly two lessons, she turned the instruction over to her husband, saying her heart — and her hair color — couldn’t take any more.I laughed at the time, but it wasn’t long before I got a dose of that fear.

Spreading patriotism

June 22, 2010 My name is TJ Foley and I am a previous resident of Batesville and member of the Independence County community. I currently live in Nashville, TN, but am stationed, yet again, in Iraq. In talking with my father, he had spoken to me about the death of a young soldier from my hometown, who’s grandfather I grew up with watching him walk his dog for years. I did not know this young man, but having lost men in combat, I understand the plethora of emotions from a leadership aspect, and know the torment that families undergo through the burial and greiving process.

Thankful for support

June 22, 2010 My name is Randy Criss. My wife and I are members of the Military Funeral Honors Program. It was a great privilege to be a part of the service for SPC Yauch on 20June2010. I was one of the six to carry him and fold the flag. My wife was on color guard. The reason for this message is to express how amazed our entire detail was at the support that was provided by the Batesville community.

Proud to be an American

June 21, 2010 Dear editor:My family and I just returned home from being some of the few hundred people that lined the highway for Spc. Yauch’s funeral. As I stood there and watched the Patriot Guard, Freedom Riders and local motorcycle riders drive by followed by the funeral procession, it took me back almost 30 years ago.

Support was inspirational

June 21, 2010 Dear Editor,Sunday afternoon’s response to a public appeal was the most amazing, the most inspirational, the most moving display of public support most of us have ever seen in this Batesville community. It was almost one of those “you had to be there” experiences.

Father’s Day well spent

June 21, 2010 Sitting on the side of the road for two hours, stuck in traffic for another half hour, absorbing searing heat, all sound like a pretty miserable day ... don’t they?Yet, these were the conditions I happily endured on Father’s Day 2010. I endured these conditions with my family because we had something very important of which we wanted to take part.

Finding ways to show pride

June 21, 2010 The message was simple but the feeling behind it meant more than words could say as Mindy Lacefield propped the painting on the front bumper of her car parked along Hwy. 167 north Sunday afternoon.“We are so proud — God bless the USA” read the painting featuring a snowbird in hues of beige, gray and white.For Lacefield it was a small way to show her great appreciation for Batesville’s hometown hero, Spc. Chris Yauch, who was killed in a roadside attack in Iraq June 11 and laid to rest at Roselawn Memorial Gardens this weekend.

Retraction with bonus

June 18, 2010 I’ve been called out, and I feel the need to defend myself. A visitor to my blog — rickbaber.com — has basically chastised me for abdicating my responsibility as a serious journalist (snort!) in misinforming you, the readers, with my statement that if you voted Democrat in the primaries, you cannot vote for a Republican in the general election. Note that I did not say you couldn’t vote for a Dem if voted for a Republican in the primaries.

Censorship undermines civics class

June 18, 2010 To find out how the First Amendment is supposed to work in public schools, don’t ask school officials. Ask the kids. Strange as it may seem, many students actually believe what they’re taught in civics class about their constitutional rights.