Pathway to citizenship

October 28, 2010 Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?That was the question put to Delaware U.S. Senate candidates Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons during their debate at the University of Delaware.Here’s a better question: why are Americans even considering the idea? I’m sure many feel the way President Obama feels. Our chief executive said earlier this year that it was impossible to deport 12 million illegal immigrants. I would respond that we’d be surprised what we can do once we put our minds to it.

Hunting for big game

October 27, 2010 Dear God:I’m so glad you are back in charge because for a while it appeared as if you were being replaced. While Arkansas has been known for producing some “pretty important” people, who knew until a few weeks ago that Emon Mahoney and his two cronies at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission had such lofty plans.Looking back, all the signs of the times were there.

Fear of flying

October 27, 2010 Juan Williams lost his gig at National Public Radio for saying in complete candor that when he boards a plane and sees people in Muslim garb he gets “worried” and “nervous.”Well, it’s a good thing I never applied for work at NPR because I wouldn’t last a minute. When I board a plane and see a dangerously overweight person heading down the aisle toward the seat next to me I get nervous. When I see a woman with an unticketed infant who’s screaming before the five-hour flight even begins I get worried.

Happy Halloween

October 27, 2010 It can be difficult to celebrate Halloween in an urban setting unless you’re into getting dressed up and heading out to the parties. I didn’t really like that route in my 20s and now that I’m 51 it’s even less appealing. Someone has even posted a link on Facebook for sexy Ninja Turtle costumes for adults and there are sexy miner costumers for sale. Snooki and the Situation are the hottest sellers this year.That’s a funny joke for less than 30 seconds and then there’s an entire evening to get through.

Forgive us our debts

October 26, 2010 If you need any more proof that “trickle down economics” doesn’t work for the little guy, just look back a little ways to the bailouts of the banks and auto industries. How’d that work our for you? I mean, if you weren’t a bank or an auto company. Tried to borrow any money lately?

Branson/Springfield: Weekend tricks, treats

October 26, 2010 My mission last weekend was to get a little Christmas shopping done in Branson while we were there for The Front Men show.The concert was great, of course, but overall the shopping mission was a bust — I barely made a dent in it. Well, except for myself and Gary. We each picked out a couple things for the other to give, and I did get a present for one other family member, but the good intentions I had somehow got waylaid.

Vote ‘For the people’

October 25, 2010 Dear Editor:Many conservative Democrats have admitted they do not support the Obama Administration policies. However, those sameDemocrats continue to support candidates who do support the Obama Administration and its socialistic policies. Remember that the Democratic Party of today is not your father’s or your grandfather’s Democratic Party. Progressivism and socialism now control today’s Democratic Party, which in time will take us down the road to serfdom.

Unhappy coach

October 25, 2010 I read the article “City facing budget cuts” this past Thursday with some concern.  I believe this reference was to City Clerk Denise Johnston, speaking of the North Complex swimming pool:“Johnston said the Independence County Youth Athletic Association uses North for swim meets, as well as practice, and the organization is not charged. ‘We lose money because we have to close (the pool for ICYAA).” (Guard, Oct. 21, p.6)

‘Tax grabbing’

October 25, 2010 Dear editor:At a recent regular meeting the Independence Quorum Court approved guidelines to be followed by organizations who apply for a grant from the recreation portion of the county one-cent sales tax. One of the provisions of the guidelines causes a great sense of disagreement from this voter and taxpayer. The provision reads:“Requests from School Districts will be considered, if funds are available, and will be equally divided among those school districts based on A.D.M.”

‘Boo’tiful memories

October 25, 2010 Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat. If you don’t I don’t care, you can smell my underwear.I’m sure Gary, my older brother, got a kick out of teaching me this little Halloween limerick and I’m sure he got an even bigger kick when I repeated it (much to mom’s dismay) on the front steps of that little old lady’s house in El Dorado that Halloween of 1986 or ’87.It’s a memory I still laugh about more than 20 years later and I as get older I realize, for whatever reason, that many of my fondest childhood memories involve Halloween.