Quality time with the family

October 27, 2009 Peter Pan and a dozen Tinkerbells, Rocky Balboa, Michael Jackson, Batgirl and Batman, Cleopatra, Transformers, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie, Hannah Montana, football players and wrestlers, bumblebees, geisha girls, pirates, cowgirls, a Hershey bar and the usual assortment of vampires, grim reapers, devils, witches, mummies, glow-on-the-dark skeletons, etc.They were all out in full force this weekend at the Little Rock Zoo.

State has some cushion

October 26, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — When Gov. Mike Beebe announced last week that Arkansas had to cut $100 million from its budget, he sounded relieved that the cuts came early in the year.Compared to budgetary gloom in many other states, Arkansas’ early recognition of its financial woes is a silver lining.

Same taste in cars, music

October 26, 2009 Have you ever seen someone at a store or restaurant and thought you might have a lot in common with that person because of what he or she was wearing or doing.As a “people watcher,” I’ve thought this many times and, on occasion, have made friends because of this instinct.Currently, I think I might have a lot in common with the owner of a certain car. Last week was the second time I saw the black Dodge Stratus. The first occasion was about six months ago during a Main Street second Friday.Last week I parked next to it at El Acapulco.

‘Feelers not thinkers’

October 26, 2009 With much fanfare and ceremony, in May 2009, scientists and the media were celebrating the discovery of  what they described as the “Holy Grail of Human Evolution.” The so-called 47 million-year -old primate Darwinius masillae represented the long sought after missing link between humans and apes. During a ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History lead scientist Jorn Horum said “This specimen is like finding the Lost Ark for archeologists... it will appear in all textbooks for the next 100 years.”

Bill would give pet deductions

October 23, 2009 The news hit me like a rolled-up newspaper to the side of the head.According to The Washington Times, Robert Davi, a tough-guy Hollywood actor, and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., an alleged conservative, did something tough guys and conservatives don’t often do.They collaborated to get a bill onto the floor of the U.S. House seeking a $3,500 annual tax deduction for pet expenses.I love animals. I still mist up when I think of the time my dog Jingles ran off in the ’70s. But Americans have lost their bearings where their pets are concerned.

For better or worse

October 23, 2009 It’s official: Of the 12 people who were in our wedding, only three are still with spouse No. 1. Actually, I guess it’s five, if you count me and my husband. Was it the pink taffeta dresses, the cheap champagne or one too many rounds of “YMCA?”Alas, it was none of these things. The reason so many of our friends are divorcing is because they got married, and, as we all know, it’s a 50-50 game at best.

Changes to consider

October 23, 2009 Dear editor:Changes to consider for our country:Credit cards can’t raise rates more than five percent and then only with six months notice.Health insurance should be portable, noncancellable, affordable, sensibly administered, competitively priced (public option?), and without the donut hole; and you get to pay more if you smoke or if you are obese.Restart the C.C.C. program of the ’30s.Cut the sentences for drug use offenses (not drug selling offenses) so we can $ave on jail$.What do you think?Stan Reed

Not a great plan

October 23, 2009 I was reading about that Colorado balloon hoax in the Guard on October 20, 2009, and I found something pretty interesting to me. According to Richard Heene, the father of Falcon, the 6-year-old boy assumed to be on the balloon, believed that the world is going to end in 2012. How does he know? He’s been watching a little too much of the Nostradamus Effect on the History Channel. I hope everyone knows that nobody knows the day nor the hour of the end of the world, only God does.

Nice gesture

October 22, 2009 Batesville is a lovely town to live in especially at this time of year. Having not grown up here I try and take the time to appreciate the views of the hills and the changing color through out the year. The other aspect of living in Batesville that I truly appreciate was demonstrated so willingly by an employee of Wal-mart. A mistake was made at the register by the store and a bag containing some of my items was left at the store. One of those items was something I had specifically gone to the store to purchase. I didn’t discover the mistake until I arrived home.

Judaculla Rock has fantastic story behind it

October 22, 2009 Carvings on Judaculla Rock, deep in the mountains of North Carolina, are mysterious and baffling. The large soapstone boulder, 16 feet long by 11 feet wide, is covered with strange figures and markings that archaeologists believe may be 2,000 to 3,000 years old, according to JudacullaRock.com.Other archaeologists date it even older — to between 5,900 and 3,200 years ago. And another theory is that it dates from only about 1750 A.D., which shows just how little is known about the petroglyphs.