Gilley highlights festival

October 4, 2010 Cousin to 1950s rocker Jerry Lee Lewis and the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, Mickey Gilley made a name for himself in country music during the 1970s and ’80s with songs like “Room Full of Roses,” “Stand By Me” and “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time.”At 74, Gilley showed a crowd of about 300 at the Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 Music Festival in Pocahontas on Saturday that he still had it despite performing while sitting in a blue office chair.

45 words

October 1, 2010 What a difference 45 words can make.The freedoms of speech and press spelled out in the 45 words of the First Amendment protect U.S. journalists from government restraint or reprisal for what they say or write. As a result, with rare exceptions, throughout our history journalists have sometimes risked reputation, circulation or ratings — but not their lives — for what they have published or broadcast.

Celebrate banned books week

October 1, 2010 It’s National Banned Books Week again and every year more readers find a new list of good books to go check out. “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Catcher in the Rye” are two perpetual winners that seem to really rock some people’s sense of outrage but there are some new titles that are worth cozying up to on a cold fall night.

Mad over defeat

September 30, 2010 I am writing in regards to the story in Tuesday’s Guard about a Mr. Beller who says, as a proponent of the defeated, and deservedly so, the tax increase voted on recently that  the Tea Party was unethical in their efforts to defeat the tax.  He states that “Mr. Finch was the contact with the Batesville Guard Record.  He told my son he had to work against the tax because the TEA PARTY had voted to fight it.  He also carried signs. He may not be the president but probably an officer”.

Get over it

September 30, 2010 Dear editor:I would like to file a sore loser complaint against Dr. Bill Beller. The TEA Party of Independence County did not cost Mr. Beller and his cronies the election. It was the will of the voters that cast their votes against it. Dr. Beller and the Moving Batesville Forward Recreational Facilities Task Force tried everything they could to get this ridiculous tax passed.

The rub off effect

September 30, 2010 Theories abound about why, with so many tech tools at their disposal and so much time spent connected and tuned in, Americans seem to be losing touch with significant news and current events. We’re losing the Rub Off Effect.

Living 2 lives

September 29, 2010 For the past couple of years I have been living my life vicariously through a soon-to-be 21-year-old woman.That’s right, me, the now middle-age, overweight, cranky white woman who has always believed that if you are not standing on the edge you are taking up too much room. Somewhere along the way I got tired of dangling, seeking some kind of thrill to make my life less mundane, so I decided to settle.And the word “settle” has always been worse than any four letter word.Then along came Megan.

The American Dream

September 29, 2010 The American dream is dead — for many native-born Americans, anyhow.You remember the American dream. It was the hope that everyone can get ahead in America, that your kids will attain more prosperity than you.It was the certitude that in America, anyone is free, with a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.The dream was alive and well when I was a kid in the ’70s. Despite a rough economic patch then, most everyone I ever knew dreamed of starting his or her own business.

Time for change

September 28, 2010 Dear Madam Editor:In the days leading up to the dramatic late-night vote on President Barack Obama’s health plan, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it….”. It has now been several months since this massive piece of socialized legislation was approved and we are slowly learning things about it that make us shudder with fear and anger.

How to fit a boy with cement shoes

September 28, 2010 An incident occurred over the weekend involving my young teenage daughter and a neighborhood boy that brought out a glimpse of, Vincenza, my less than forgiving Italian alter ego. Without going into much detail, suffice it to say my daughter’s heart weathered the first of hopefully few storms to come spawned by teenage romance. Since neither kid’s allowed to date, they just hung out a few times, not a huge romantic investment. Because I know the boy, and my daughter demonstrated maturity by coming to me up front, I let her dip a toe in the water.