‘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.

The incredible shrinking women

October 22, 2010 If you happen to mention the name Hillary Clinton to my grandmother, she’ll pause, lock her jaw and declare, “That woman ... ambitious.” That’s all she has to say about Clinton because, after all, Granny’s polite. Also, the first female Speaker of the House’s name is akin to a curse word – something you say when you stub your toe. “Ah! #*&% Pelosi!”But if you think Grandma is a Sarah Palin fan, think again. Once, I asked her about Palin — she faked a hearing-aid malfunction.Even so, think of where women were when my grandmother was born:

Respect due

October 22, 2010 Dear editor:The county clerk has a long-standing history as a public servant to our fair community and its good citizens.Work record, job performance, conduct all reflect honesty, fairness, integrity.To magnify the oversight, error in mishandling the county judge’s budget as illegal is extreme, and casts aspersions on character. In the past, amidst unpleasant gossip flying, this person was heard to uphold, laud, even commend the county judge’s actions.There was, I believe, no personal or professional intent of insult, slight or offense.

A letter to the editor

October 21, 2010 Dear editor:As I sat in Independence Hall on the UACCB campus the other day, I was reminded of how close the residents of Independence County came to being denied this important resource. Recently within a 24-hour period, it hosted an internationally known recording artist in concert and a presentation by a former U.S. President.

Gobekli Tepe: Stonehenge of Stonehenges

October 21, 2010 Stonehenge in England is considered important, and rightly so. The huge circle of standing stones, each weighing tons, with lintels (each also weighing tons) atop some of them is magnificent.But Stonehenge has been surpassed — and how!A shepherd following his sheep in 1994 at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, about six miles northeast of Urfa (populated today more than half a million people) saw something unusual at his feet. Kneeling, he wiped some dirt from an oblong stone. He looked around him and saw other, similar smooth stones.

Griffin responds to editorial

October 20, 2010 After an editorial ran in Monday’s edition of the Batesville Daily Guard over the conflict of the budget for the upcoming year, judge-elect Robert Griffin offered the following statement.“In an effort to set the record straight about Independence County budget procedures, I, Robert Griffin, would like to present the following facts.

Misconceptions fostered about ‘Fair tax’ and Social Security

October 20, 2010 Apparently some of the lessons learned in the primary elections have carried over to the midterm national elections to be held on Nov. 2. Some of the techniques of using scare politics concerning the “fair” tax, and the candidates’ views on Social Security have run rampant through print and TV commercials.Now not being an expert on the Fair Tax, I will attempt to give readers my take on that tax. It is a tax similar to the “VAT” (value added tax) used in many European countries. It is indeed a federal sales tax based on a 23 percent tax on all goods sold.

Delayed reaction

October 20, 2010 Well we’re not in Kansas anymore. Now that a little time has passed from our five-day Griswold 2010 trip, three of the four seem to think we had a really good time. And while I’ll admit to having fun, it wasn’t without its moments.That was obvious the minute I arrived in Horseshoe Bend and my cousin announced we would be stopping at the Toyota dealership to get an oil change.That’s right, an oil change.“Oh by the way Gelia, we are going to have to stop for maybe 20 minutes, but they are going to work me right in,” were the first words out of  her mouth.

Conversations to avoid

October 19, 2010 It’s common wisdom to avoid discussing politics, religion, family drama, sex and abortion at a family gathering, but I’m afraid my family is going to have to add another Taboo Topic to the Sunday afternoon conversations with the fam: Football.Specifically, highly contested losses posted by the Razorbacks.My family doesn’t “agree to disagree.” That would be too civil. We’re more likely to pound you in the head with the same argument, and then if you still don’t agree just make fun of you, call you an idiot and declare your opinions don’t matter.