Lewis still draws crowds

May 3, 2010 His steps aren’t as quick to the piano as they were 50 years ago and his wavy blonde hair is now a light shade of gray, but at 74, Jerry Lee Lewis proves he can still rock ’n’ roll with the best of them. The Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival is a lot like a homecoming for the piano virtuoso, who began his recording career in Memphis so many years ago, and to me, he’s the patriarch of the festival, even if he’s no longer considered the event’s “headliner.”

Cover story

April 30, 2010 On magazine covers published this week, Hillary Clinton never looked worse and Nancy Pelosi never looked better. Neither depiction seems fair or journalistically appropriate, bringing into focus the power of photo editing, even in a medium that supposedly never lies. During her lengthy tenure in the public eye, Clinton has been depicted in more than her share of unflattering photos —even without any consideration of the pantsuit thing. But Newsweek’s cover image on the May 3rd issue may be Clinton’s worst yet.

Blame goes to Congress

April 30, 2010 Dear editor: Kudos to the Guard for their “Special to the Guard” column. Getting our local kids involved in the political system may help their understanding of the country we are ruining. Miss Tina Dupuy’s letter “Trust in the GOP” while well written tells her readers she’s in the eighth grade and has not taken civics.

Following the law

April 30, 2010 Dear editor: Subject: Arkansas Water, Waste Disposal and Pollution Abatement Facilities Financing Act of 2007 Recent letters to the editor in the area have said that “[a]ll water rights are transferred to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission” by Act 631 of 2007. There is no such language in the act, and it would be unconstitutional if there were. Arkansas Water, Waste Disposal, and Pollution Abatement Facilities Financing Act of 2007 was approved by almost two-thirds of the state’s voters in 2008 and does not limit, change, or even affect the water rights of landowners.

Nursing shortage addressed

April 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas, like all other states, is taking steps to address a nursing shortage that is expected to get worse before it gets better. One of the first bills approved in the regular session last year, Act 9 of 2009, aims to increase the number of nursing students in Arkansas. The act dramatically increased the amounts of college loans a nursing student is eligible to receive, from $6,000 to $20,000. Under Act 9, the state Board of Nursing will cancel the full amount of one year’s loan for each year the nursing graduate practices in Arkansas.

Governor is a coward

April 29, 2010 An hour south of Tucson you’ll find deserted silver mines used to make Confederate bullets in the latter days of the Civil War. The settlers of the region tried and failed to gain the federal government’s protection for their business interests. They were at war with the Apache tribe and desperate to have federal troops present so they could excavate in a place named after the Aztec word for “silver-bearing.” The feds ignored them.

More on the 4th Amendment Follies

April 28, 2010 It’s totally mindblowing (that’s an old 70’s phrase) that so many good Americans are paranoid that the government wants to control them completely, and yet, they support this recent “immigration law” in Arizona.

Park issues

April 28, 2010 Dear editor: Recently I was at Riverside Park feeding the cats and a man I know well came over to me and told me I was creating a health hazard. The people who drop off innocent cats and dogs are the ones doing that. I said if Jeff was doing his job they would have been picked up by now. All of them have been there all winter long. As far as Mr. Pender being the best animal control officer this town has ever known, all I know is he threatened to give me a ticket for feeding the cats.

Food stamps for college kids

April 28, 2010 Let them eat baked potatoes. Maybe I better explain. I came across an interesting article at The Daily Caller website: more college kids are qualifying for food stamps. Whereas government-funded grub has long been available to the working poor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is eagerly expanding such benefits to college kids, too. For starters, says The New York Times, the USDA has worked to take the stigma out of receiving government grub. It now calls food stamps “nutritional aid.”