Johnson candidacy a threat

August 31, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Bob Johnson’s flirtation with a bid for the United States Senate is a chancy move for a lawmaker who contends he’s not well known beyond his legislative district.It’s also another threat that U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln doesn’t need as she seeks a third term in office.The Arkansas Senate president’s announcement that he’s considering challenging Lincoln in next year’s Democratic primary is the latest surprise move from a state legislator who has made unpredictability one of his hallmarks.


August 28, 2009 Message: Hurry up and diePresident B. Obama clearly does not understand America’s discomfort with death panels/forced end-of-life planning. Obama denies he is trying to “pull the plug on Grandma” while certainly attempting to pull the plug on veterans.

Dueling bus ads

August 28, 2009 Atheists are on the bus in Des Moines, Iowa — and that’s good news for freedom of speech in America.Earlier this month, transit-authority officials in Des Moines removed bus advertisements paid for by Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers after receiving calls from people offended by the message: “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.”But now the controversial signs are back on the sides of 20 buses, thanks to a nudge from the American Civil Liberties Union.


August 27, 2009 HDC or KGB?Dear editor:I was not surprised to see a front page article on Monday involving the HDC (KGB) and a conflict with a business owner. It is probably just the first of many and will probably lead to a very costly battle between business owners and this so-called preservation organization before the dust settles.

If you don’t know Cindy Walker

August 27, 2009 For some reason, the writer of  some of the greatest songs of the past 100 years was unknown to me until I stumbled onto information about her last week — although she died three years ago, on March 23, 2006.Cindy Walker was a prolific songwriter who had No. 1 hits in country and/or pop charts in every decade from the 1940s through the 1980s. See if you recognize any of these song titles: “You Don’t Know Me,” “In the Misty Moonlight,” “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)” and “Cherokee Maiden.”


August 26, 2009 Standing groundDear editor:When I read the headlines in Monday’s Batesville Guard Aug. 24th about Jennifer Davidson and her window, I got so mad I couldn’t see straight.I was so proud of the way she handled the situation. She didn’t back down to the threats but stood her ground. Folks, if you remember, it was Jennifer that was trying so hard over a year ago to shed some light on the condition of Main Street in getting it cleaned up. I was grateful to know that someone would speak out like she did.

Undermining the abstinence message

August 26, 2009 The abstinence message is coming through loud and clear to Christian youth, but another message promoted in many Christian churches is undermining it.

First full-time job

August 25, 2009 I missed my calling, career-wise. I discovered a talent for writing at a young age. We were given an essay assignment in sixth grade. I wrote about a cousin who briefly ran away from home, from his point of view. The teacher asked me to read it aloud to the class. When I finished, the class erupted with applause, catching me completely by surprise. Later, the teacher told me it was the best essay she’d ever read written by a sixth-grader.


August 25, 2009 Crazy tea partyI went to a tea party the other day in hopes of finding Alice, whom I hadn’t seen for a long time. She was there, but very despondent. It seems she had been shooting up to 10 feet tall again. She had filed a claim with her private insurance carrier, but was denied. It seems she has what they call a “pre-existing condition.” Alice was trying to find her old friends to see if they could help her.

DCFS to get more money

August 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Earlier this year the legislature approved additional resources for the state child welfare system. The governor ordered a top-to-bottom review of the agencies that provide services for children from broken families.The review is now complete and the state Division of Children and Family Services is hiring additional employees so that they will not have unmanageably large case loads. The division will hire 113 new case workers this fiscal year and an another 50 next year.