Letter to the editor

November 6, 2009 Dear editor:The Obama administration continues to pursue a breathtaking destructive array of measures that is giving us a feeble and jobless “recovery,” reckless spending and borrowing, higher taxes, forced unionization, a proposed socialistic health care system, and the list goes on. The major focus of which is a larger centralized government controlling our lives. The only thing the government fears is losing re-election. One can only hope that the Democrat Congress is committing political suicide come the next election cycle.

Religion right before the fight

November 6, 2009 Antonio Peck was in kindergarten in 1999 when his family filed suit against the Baldwinsville, N.Y., school district. Antonio is in 10th grade now — and his family is still waiting for the case to be resolved. At this rate, he’ll be a college graduate when the courts finally render a decision.

State holiday honors veterans

November 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — About 260,000 veterans of the Armed Forces live in Arkansas and 50,136 veterans or their spouses receive disability compensation or pension payments.Veterans Day, a state holiday will be commemorated next week in numerous locations across the state as Arkansans gather to honor the men and women who have served their country. According to the American Legion, an organization of veterans created by Congress in 1919, fewer than 10 percent of Americans are veterans.

Woreout or workout

November 4, 2009 My oldest was talking me into a gym membership, and since I didn’t want to disturb the clothes I have hanging from my treadmill, I agreed.But what to wear was a problem. The only pair of workout pants I owned had been given a good shrinking in the dryer and my walking shoes would probably be rejected by a homeless person.“OK. I’ll go,” I said, “but tomorrow I have to buy something to work out in.” Looking like a refugee in my too-short pants and wrinkled T-shirt, I headed out.

Affairs of biology and morality

November 3, 2009 Oh great, more sex scandals. Insert eye roll here.We know how this monkey business works.Powerful, silver-haired man has a relationship with younger, less powerful woman. They break up, she spills the beans to the media, and we all shake our heads wondering why a guy who seems so smart would risk everything for a meaningless fling.The media’s abuzz about the affairs of David Letterman and ESPN’s Steve Phillips.

A piece of the Berlin Wall

November 3, 2009 Next Monday will mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I remember sitting in school, discussing it in class, watching in amazement as pieces came tumbling down and people ran across the border. In the days that followed, we read news stories about families being put back together and the Communist leadership buckling.

Comfort found in child’s words

November 2, 2009 It’s usually normal to want one more day, one more conversation, one more chance to spend time with a loved one who’s passed away. Brooke and Keith Desserich of Ohio have hoped for all that and more since 6-year-old daughter Elena died of brain cancer.In some ways, they’re getting that with “Notes Left Behind” from the 6-year-old who loved to draw pictures and write notes. The story of Elena and the book, which her parents had only intended to put together so their youngest daughter could know about her big sister, aired Wednesday on NBC Today.

First Amendment guarantees

October 30, 2009 Every American is protected by the guarantees of the First Amendment, but protections for religious liberty and free expression apply only when government actions are involved — and therein is the rub for some of our fellow citizens.• A former Home Depot employee raised freedom of religion as a defense last week after he was fired for wearing a “One nation under God” button on his company apron. The worker says he was just showing his love of God and country, and showing support for his brother, who is about to begin a second National Guard tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Halloween past, present

October 29, 2009 As a grownup we can approach Halloween from two directions. We can either get dressed up and hit the party circuit or we can get dressed up and answer our door. Some try to figure out how to do both but I prefer focusing on the kids. It gives me a chance every year to remember what a great time I had as a kid in my old neighborhood in the suburbs of Philadelphia.