Fighting isn’t a bad thing

October 12, 2011 We tend to assume that arguments are bad. We’re wrong. The best ideas often come from arguing. Here are two examples:How fighting against a highway created a network of parks and bike trailsBack in the 1970s my mother led the fight against Route 66 in Arlington, Virginia. She and her fellow “Stop 66” team were resolute. The highway would slice through the middle of their community destroying the nature and limiting people’s bike access to the other side of town.

It’s my money … or is it?

October 11, 2011 Ah, October. Patio umbrellas down. Storm windows up. The turning of the leaves. The crisping of our ears. Playoff baseball. Halloween just a few weeks off. We’ll get back to the most bracing month of the year a bit later, but first a few words about the recent decision by major banks to charge customers five bucks a month to use ATM cards for routine purchases. And those few words are: “You greedy, stinking, ravenous, money-grubbing, avaricious pigs.”

If God played Madison Square Garden …

October 11, 2011 My Dad took me to my first concert when I was about 12- Ricky Nelson at the John Wayne Theatre, Knox Berry Farm, Buena Park, California.

Left to our imagination

October 11, 2011 It’s been said that each generation should (or tries to) do better than the one before it. For instance, our grandparents who grew up in the Great Depression tried to provide a better life for their Baby Boomers, who in turn did the same for their Generation X’ers, and so on.

Seniors are more than a number

October 10, 2011 Arkansas has the nation’s highest percentage — 63 percent — of older Americans who rely on Social Security for at least half of their family income. That’s why AARP is sending a very clear message to the “supercommittee” and all members of Congress. Seniors aren’t numbers. We aren’t line items in a budget. And we’re definitely not pushovers.

Wrestling memories abound

October 10, 2011 With more than a dozen wrestlers in town this past weekend for Rocktoberfest in Batesville, I couldn’t help think back to my childhood and love for what was then the World Wrestling Federation.That was before it became the World Wrestling Entertainment for all you youngsters who might read this.A child of 1980s and early ’90s, I loved a wrestler named Sting. He’s reappeared on the scene in recent years, but not as how I remember him.

Military units forming in Arkansas

October 10, 2011 One hundred and fifty years ago, military units were forming all over the South; Arkansas was definitely no exception. One of the units organized early in the war was the 2nd Arkansas Battalion. This unit is perhaps one of the least known and surely one of the most underestimated group of guys to see military service from Arkansas. The Second Arkansas Battalion was one of only three units from Arkansas to see military service in the Eastern Theater as far away as Virginia; the other two were the 1st Arkansas and the 3rd Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Regiments.

Amanda Knox: A cautionary tale

October 7, 2011 From now on, parents who plan to send their children abroad to study in a foreign nation should sit them down in front of the TV set and watch replays of the Amanda Knox saga. It has all the elements of a true-to-life lesson in the dangers of turning young men and women barely out of their teens into innocents abroad.

Halloween brings special memories

October 7, 2011 Halloween is just around the corner and I can’t help remember how it was one of the best holidays for me and my siblings. Candy was not everywhere back then and you were not allowed to have it all the time. Teachers didn’t give it to students for good grades — we had to make good grades for nothing. We didn’t get it every time we went to the store. Shoot! Most of the time, we didn’t even get to go in the store.

Good enough?

October 7, 2011 Dear Editor:“Are you good without God? Millions are.” This is a question that is posted on Central Arkansas Transit Authority buses as reported in the Batesville Daily Guard on Oct. 5, 2011. This is an excellent question! I am glad that people will be asked to consider if they are good without God. While considering that question, my hope is that another question will be raised in their mind. That question is, “Is being good, good enough?”