Soon to be memory

July 14, 2010 Ode to an Orange Barrel The time has come to say goodbyeTo the orange traffic barrel,Gracing our highway long enoughTo avoid a traffic peril.The asphalt’s down, the lines are drawn,All set for a bounty of cars.But late-night drives will cease to showMany oversized orange stars.Harrison Street is almost doneTo all of our many pleasures.But Batesville will most surely missThose bright orange, sparkling treasures.Two lanes flow in each direction,

Letters to the Editor

July 14, 2010 Good JobDear Editor,I would like to congratulate all the employees of Atlas Asphalt and White River Materials that worked on the Harrison Street Project.  I think they did an outstanding job and it is such a nice street and a pleasure to drive now.  As with any major construction projects, delays can be expected.  However, as someone who drove Harrison a lot, I think the delays were minimal. Also, I witnessed time and again a level or courtesy from the driving public that I haven’t seen in a long time.  Well done.

Letter to the Editor: Secure Arkansas

July 13, 2010 Dear Editor:I wish to respond to Rita Burr’s July 1st letter. She stated the volunteer who asked her to sign the ballot initiative petition for Secure Arkansas made a statement about illegals “getting drunk and running over our kids and killing them.” This was a reference to what is happening nationwide, not necessarily in Batesville. And this has happened in Arkansas as well as other states.

Castro, Obama and the Rule of Law

July 13, 2010 This week we had the pleasure of sharing a summer barbecue with a refugee from Cuba. Our dinner conversation was starkly different than most.This refugee came to the United States as a young boy in the early 1960s. His family was more fortunate than most as they were able to bring a suitcase and $100 when they fled Castro’s newly formed revolutionary paradise.

Safety of duck rides still debatable

July 13, 2010 Well, I guess I’ll never be able to convince my dad it’s safe to ride the ducks. After the sinking of a Ride the Ducks boat last week in Philadelphia, Dad will probably never step foot on one again.

King James version

July 12, 2010 MIAMI – In his first satellite interview with a female network correspondent from an evening newscast not employed by a cable company, basketball superstar LeBron James today disclosed why he chose to play next season for the Miami Heat.“At the Cleveland airport I saw a headline that said RECORD HEAT,” James told Katie Couric. “I assumed they were talking about me, and it was some kind of sign.”

Dreams become dollars

July 12, 2010 Miles Kimball had a dollar and a dream.OK, in reality, he had some borrowed cash, but he still had the dream when he wanted to market a Christmas card in which the design spelled out the name “Johnson.” With a Minneapolis, Minn. phone book and some borrowed cash, Kimball printed and mailed a card personalized “Johnson” to every household with that name in the Twin Cities, according to

Cannot erase the news

July 9, 2010 Sometimes the meaning of the 45 words of the First Amendment seems to escape even those trained in the law.In Pennsylvania last week, two judges in Centre County — home to Penn State University — signed off on what generally are standard instructions to police and other agencies to expunge certain official records of five people involved in criminal investigations.But the orders, thanks to the defense attorney for the five, also required that two area newspapers erase archived news reports about the defendants, who faced charges ranging from assault to drug possession.

Reader response to immigration

July 9, 2010 Dear editor:After reading the letter from Rita Burr about petitions circulating about illegal aliens, I felt I really needed to respond to some of her comments.1. Regarding food stamps — Illegal aliens cannot get food stamps. But children born to illegal aliens in this country (anchor babies) most certainly can get food stamps. The vast majority of them apply for food stamps and receive them on these children. Just go to Walmart and observe the checkout lines. And by the way, you apply for these at the Department of Human Services, not the Department of Human Resources.

Letters to the Editor: Another Tax

July 9, 2010 Another TaxDear editor:Oh, look, Batesville — it’s another tax to add on to the already ridiculous amount of sales tax that we pay here in our beautiful little town.