Governor, community appreciated

July 6, 2011 Thank you.For those of you who have called, written or stopped by to give your support to the Batesville Daily Guard during the past several days we want to take this opportunity to say thank you.And, that appreciation extends to Gov. Mike Beebe who stood behind us while he was fielding questions over our obituary policy when he recently spoke to a group of individuals who decided to toss the Guard into the controversial mix.During his meeting with the Stonewall Democrats, the governor was asked about our free/paid obituary policies and he sided with the paper.

A lot of nothing

July 6, 2011 In 1950 a largely unaccomplished lawmaker from Wisconsin, Senator Joe McCarthy, alleged that Commie sympathizers were infiltrating the U.S. Government and Hollywood. “Communist subversion!” was the claim; Red Scare, the aim. Televised hearings were held. Lives were ruined. No evidence of his accusations was found. McCarthyism, as it’s now known, is a blight in American history. On a good day it’s a parable. Otherwise, it’s an embarrassment that a hysteria this dark happened in the glare of national limelight.

Father’s flag

July 6, 2011 We got my father a tall flagpole for his birthday a decade or more ago, shortly after he and my mother moved into a new house.He mounted the pole in concrete in the center of his front yard. It proudly displays the American flag every year as I pull into his driveway on July 4.My father has always taken the flag seriously.He is going to be 78 this month. He was born during the Great Depression. As a boy, he was immersed in patriotism as our country rallied to defeat mighty foes during World War II.

Getting to work

July 6, 2011 While Congress is stalemated over fixing our debt problem, millions of unemployed Americans are asking why we aren’t focused on jobs. There are diverse opinions on how to solve our fiscal crisis, but we can all agree economic growth is key to both reducing the debt and creating jobs. Economic progress should start with three basic principles:  overhauling our complex tax system, scrapping unneeded regulations, and encouraging domestic energy production. 

Sequels that win, fail

July 5, 2011 I spent part of my Fourth of July weekend going to Jonesboro so I could watch “Transformers 3” in 3D, in a comfy theater where I didn’t have to hear what was playing in the theater next to me. That’s just one of my many pet peeves about going to the movies. That and people who TALK. ALL. THROUGH. THE. MOVIE.But anyway, I digress. I’ve embraced my inner geek enough to go at midnight to get the final Harry Potter book when it came out, I like museums, and I wear my Star Wars shirts with pride. I just haven’t been to a Comic Con or anything like that.

Ledge update

July 5, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Most of the 35 members of the Arkansas Senate have experience running their own business.Arkansas has a citizen legislature. That means lawmakers have full time jobs in their hometowns, if they are not retired, and they come to the state Capitol on a part time basis.       

Price of freedom

July 5, 2011 Before my class started, most everyone was boisterous, contemplating a break for the Fourth of July weekend.As the rest of the class buzzed, I noticed that Adelina, who was slightly reserved anyway, was even quieter than usual.“Is everything okay, Adelina?” I asked.She tried to smile and shrugged, looking up at me with her big brown eyes. Then she spoke in her strong accent. “I guess celebration of freedom bring different feelings to me, as my family does something different.”

Shred it?

July 1, 2011 Dear Editor:On Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Time magazine editor Richard Stengel presented the cover of his July 4 issue, which features the Constitution going through a paper shredder and asks does the document still matter. According to Stengel, it does, but not as much anymore. (Apparently it does since Time is allowed by the Constitution to publish idiotic articles. Better yet, shred Time magazine.)

New kid in town

July 1, 2011 Hi there! I am Donetta, the newest member of the Batesville Daily Guard. I began work here on Monday and let me tell you it’s great to be back in the newspaper business. Everyone here has been so nice to me. I am pretty much a waste of space right now while I am learning how they do things here. It’s always hard starting a new job and I am so thankful to have finally found one after graduating college.

Don’t go ‘wobbly’

July 1, 2011 If the GOP is really serious about winning back the presidency they need to win the deficit debate. The government of these United States is broke — flat broke — and if the nation is to survive as the prosperous nation it has long been, Republicans must restore fiscal sanity and call a halt to spending money we don’t have!That’s what the Republicans promised us they would do last November, and largely on the strength of that pledge we let them take back the House. After all, it’s obvious that we can’t trust the Democrats to spend the public’s money wisely and well.