Snapshots in time

July 28, 2009 Some things are indelibly imprinted on our minds. I call them snapshots in time. Snapshot… November 1963 Music was always a fun subject in school, especially as the holidays approached. “Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go…The horse knows the way….”

Fight gives Ross new clout

July 27, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — President Barack Obama’s headache in trying to steer his health care legislation through Congress is turning into a political windfall for Mike Ross.The Democratic congressman from Arkansas’ 4th District has moved from a low-profile member of the state’s congressional delegation to its most well-known face over the past two weeks.Leading a group of fiscally conservative Democrats voicing concerns about Obama’s health care proposals, Ross is enjoying his time in the spotlight.

Old buildings, new name

July 27, 2009 It’s true. The only thing constant in life is change. While I try to be mindful and accepting of this fact in my personal life, I can’t help but be bothered when groups want to do away with something historical because it’s too old, doesn’t draw attention like it used to, or because room needs to be made for a parking lot or something more aesthetically pleasing. In this case, I am referring to Chicago’s Sears Tower. Excuse me, I mean Chicago’s Willis Tower.

Reflection: America’s freedom

July 24, 2009 OK, so Memorial Day and July 4th have gone by, it’s about six weeks until Constitution Day, the anniversary of the Bill of Rights doesn’t arrive until Dec. 15 ... and it’s the middle of summer.None of those annual calendar prompts are conveniently available to cause us to celebrate America’s basic freedoms … and it’s the middle of summer, for gosh sakes.

A bumper crop for Barack

July 24, 2009 Sentiment toward President Obama surely is shifting if bumper stickers have anything to do with it:How’s that hopey, changey thing working out for you?Bankrupt America? Yes, we can!I hope I have some change left in four years.Those are some of the top sellers at, an on-demand printer that allows people to customize and sell their own bumper stickers, T-shirts, mugs and other items. More than 200 million items are available at the site.

Down on the farm

July 23, 2009 What would children of today do without all their electronic gizmos? Well, here’s a few things country kids did for entertainment before television, cell phones, compact discs etc. came along; and in some cases, although not in my case, before electric service came to rural homes.

You get what you pay for

July 23, 2009 More than once we’ve been asked about the cheap shots other media outlets take at the Batesville Daily Guard. Until now we’ve let them all slide.It seems petty to respond to something that childish, but given the all-out attack maybe some things just need to be said.The Batesville Daily Guard has always believed that the most important aspect of publishing a daily newspaper is being the eyes and ears of the community. We want to keep our readers abreast of what is going on in our communities, both the good and not-so good news that affects us all.

Annoying TV hosts

July 22, 2009 I watch too much TV. Even in summer, which is supposed to be my vacation from prime time, I find myself switching on the boob tube looking for some new hot show. And if there’s nothing that qualifies, I inevitably settle for something “less than.” Which explains why I’m watching yet another season of “Big Brother.” With the exception of my can’t-miss “Survivor” and HGTV makeovers, I can stand most reality shows only to a certain extent and when I’ve had my fill, I’m ready to channel surf.