Are you frantic or focused?

February 23, 2012 Are you aggressive or assertive? They might seem like the same thing, but they’re not. Being aggressive turns people off. But being assertive is a …

Letters to the Editor

February 22, 2012 State wants taxes, too   Dear editor: I recently read in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is proposing …

Letters to the Editor

February 21, 2012 Citizens should ‘pay it forward’ with shelter Dear editor: I read in the paper the last week or so about a group of Christians trying to better a community area in west Batesville. I am a Christian mother of two and wife. I have needed help before in my 48-year life, and sometimes there was none to be found. Rather living in a big city or small town, people need good options ... not bad politics. I truly see no harm or problem in an organization trying to do just this! This doesn’t have to be called Christian or political: just compassion.

Drivers distract driver

February 21, 2012 I don’t remember where I was going the other day, but I do remember that I suddenly slowed down and swerved slightly into another traffic lane that probably should have prompted at least a horn complaint, but didn’t. If that was you behind me, I apologize. I was distracted — by the driver who exited a driveway, entered the center turn lane and then decided that my full-size Jeep Cherokee was invisible (or capable of vertical lift-off like a helicopter) and therefore pulled right into my lane and causing my distraction.

Rabies shots important

February 21, 2012 Gary and I are getting the hang of this three-dog scenario. Last summer, he and I, along with our nephew Avery, took our two dogs plus my dad and stepmom’s to the Humane Society of Independence County for a dog wash and dog dip. That was met with mixed reviews among our four-legged friends. They are accustomed to bathing in ponds, not having their heads dunked under for them. But they didn’t bite anyone, so I considered it a success.

Anybody have a day to spare?

February 21, 2012 During the last political election cycle, we were promised change but I have not seen any of it, especially in my pants pocket. Then something wonderful happened. I was taking some mail to the post office and as I got out of my truck, I noticed a penny on the ground. At my age, if I have to bend down I make sure there are at least two or three things to do while I am down there. A single penny just will not do it for me. After all, what can you do with a penny?

Letters to the Editor

February 20, 2012 Community center will attract area residents, out-of-towners alike Dear editor: Who is eating all of the Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream? I have been searching Batesville lately for what has to arguably be some of the best ice cream in the world, filled with dark red cherries and rich chocolate chunks in the creamiest vanilla ice cream. Do you know how expensive it is? Almost $4 for a pint!! But it’s GOOD and I’ve discovered that people (Batesville city and Independence County folks alike) will obviously pay for it since it’s often sold out.