No Congress election-year platitudes

September 20, 2011 OK, so we’re broke. Not “have to stretch to next payday” broke. Really broke. Our accounts are overdrawn, the credit cards are maxed out; and if that’s China on the phone, tell them we just stepped out. Yes, again.We’re in an economic hole so deep we’re bumping elbows with blind moles. Can feel the heat from the core of the earth on the soles of our feet. Need a co-signer to play pinball. We’re so broke, Greece won’t play backgammon with us anymore.

Take that cell phone out of your bra

September 20, 2011 For many young women today, tucking cell phones in the bra has become a cool, hip way to have simple access to these essential devices. They can jog, drive, shop or sit in darkened movie theatres, quickly responding to tingled vibrations at their breast. Most of us have no idea that cell phones are small two-way microwave radios that should not be kept directly on the body.

Corky’s, not just BBQ

September 19, 2011 Last week, if you read my column, I complained about the service I recently received from a grocery store clerk.Weeks before, however, I experienced great service during a trip to Memphis that I felt deserving of attention, going to show that not only do I pay attention to the bad, but the good, too.Luke and I found ourselves drawn to Corky’s Ribs & BBQ on a busy Friday night in east Memphis at 5259 Poplar Ave.

Gallery of ghouls at GOP debates

September 19, 2011 Vampire movies and television programs may be all the rage right now, but not one of them has anything on a good old-fashioned audience of Republican debate watchers.

Constitution Day

September 16, 2011 The national observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was emotional, overwhelming and likely to overshadow most other observances for a long time.But just a few days later, on 9/17, comes another opportunity to commemorate, celebrate and join with our fellow citizens in remembrance and understanding.

Old Independence Regional Museum: Preserving the history of 12 counties

September 16, 2011 Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about museums in the Ozark Gateway Region.With the Ozark Gateway Region dating back to the 1700s, it’s not surprising it is also home to a number of outstanding museums that keep that history alive with exhibits, guest speakers workshops, and educational programs. We hope you will visit these museums.Old Independence

Moving day — finally!

September 16, 2011 Well, it’s official: I am now a resident of Batesville, Arkansas. No more waking up at 5 a.m. to make the hour drive into work or dealing with the road construction between here and Heber Springs that delayed me an additional 15-20 minutes sometimes. I can now spend my money on something other than gas! Hopefully I will be able to go a few months without having to get a tire repaired or the oil changed.

Inventor says he can make rain

September 15, 2011 The easiest way — but almost never the best way — to start a news article or opinion column is with a question. At this newspaper we get way, way too many press releases that start with a question or with two back-to-back questions.

Warming trends in South spell trouble

September 15, 2011 Everyone knows that in America we like to avoid death and taxes in about equal portions. It’s a delicate topic to bring up with anyone but particularly for apartment owners and managers knowing what to do after a decomposing body has been found can greatly lessen anxiety and cost for both the manager and other residents.There are an estimated 400 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the Oxford Journal, that can be attributed to heat-related circumstances causing big problems for multi-family residences.

How the GOP crippled the Postal Service

September 15, 2011 “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” reads the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service.I guess no one ever thought it would be the Republican Party finishing off the Postal Service when those words were borrowed from the ancient Greek and chiseled in granite over the entrance to the James Farley Post Office in New York City on Labor Day in 1914.Our postal system is quite remarkable if you think about it for a minute.