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Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016
From the Editor: No debate (09/28/16)
On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated for the first time. I watched the debate live with Gideon, our friend Kelby and BJ the cat. We were all astounded at how easily Clinton beat Trump. Gideon predicted before the debate began that Trump would be more reserved, and Kelby said he was afraid Clinton would be harshly judged for the way she reacted to whatever ridiculous thing Trump had to say. ...
Citizen Forum (09/28/16)
I understand the frustration of supporters of Bernie and the other ignored legitimate candidates. Our campaign and election systems need some serious changes. The debates and news coverage have to be expanded. It's how we get to know these candidates and other issues (issues we may not even have considered). ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/28/16)
Aries: Be the thing no one expects, like a dozen Legos scattered across the carpet. You'll have people hopping and screaming in the middle of the night. Taurus: Monday will be the best of times and the worst of times, and that's just the first couple of hours before lunch. Pack extra undies, because it's going to be a long drama llama day...
The Natural Way: Try homeopathic medicine (09/28/16)
We live in a world that is hard to understand ... sometimes impossible. Some people rely on science to sort things out, some use faith and most people use a little bit of both flavored with the practicality of luck. Homeopathic medicine is an interesting field that challenges science and belief. ...
From the Editor: Sleepless in Eureka (09/22/16)
If you ask my mother, she'll tell you I never slept as a child. She'll probably say this in a tone that lets you know just how much sleep she lost because I couldn't quite grasp the concept of it. I think she's over-exaggerating a bit, but it's true that I've always had a problem with falling asleep when I need to...
Citizen Forum (09/21/16)
To the Editor, Harvey and I were very excited to see that the Hoedown was back in Eureka Springs with our friend, Mike Nichols, as the star. We saw the show Saturday night and it is better than ever. We need a good music show in Eureka Springs. Remember the days when we had three or four of them? The Hoedown is one of the best shows we have ever seen. It is funny, fast-moving, filled with energy and fun...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/21/16)
Aries: Monday will be the cherry on top. Enjoy it, just don't dig to see what's under all that whipped cream, unless you really like kinky surprises. Remember, the universe doesn't ask what your favorite flavor is. Taurus: If you're tired of walking the straight and narrow, buy a unicycle. You'll discover fascinating ditches, bumps in the sidewalks and road rash. Try not to cry when all the hipsters laugh at you...
The Natural Way: The benefits of selenium (09/21/16)
Unlike many well-proven supplements, selenium has crossed into the realm of acceptance by the conservative establishment. It is such a non-assuming mineral that I suppose it poses no threat to anyone. Selenium has been on the market shelves for decades and has been a potent yet quiet healer...
From the Editor: Raise your voice (09/14/16)
As some of you already know, the Citizen is sponsoring an essay contest for anyone between 14 and 19. The contest focuses on texting while driving, and the entries are meant to resemble an opinion column. There's a lot to be excited about when it comes to this contest, but I'd say one of the best parts is that the three winning essays will be published in the Citizen...
Citizen Forum (09/14/16)
Editor, Well done, Mayor Berry, for the follow through to make East Mountain Drive a safer street. Well done, councilman Thomas, for your instrumental role and guidance throughout the process. Well done, Kim Stryker, for your never-ending courtesy and patience, and the civic lessons you taught me. Well done, friends and neighbors that played a part in this accomplishment. Results have been positive; there has been more adherence to the 25 mph speed limit...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/14/16)
Aries: Everything can be improved by chocolate, but you'll need to dip all of Tuesday in a giant vat of Hershey's best to get through it. When someone puts your feet to the fire, yank them back, grab marshmallows and make s'mores. Taurus: Roses are red, violets are blue, but flowers won't help the trouble you're into. Better move up the price chart to jewelry or spa certificates unless you want to sleep under the porch tonight...
The Natural Way: Eat local veggies (09/14/16)
Sadly, the summer bonanza of fresh veggies is beginning to slow down. Peppers and okra are still plentiful, but the local tomato is harder and harder to find, as is fresh basil. Summer squash is still to be had, as are just a few of the fall variety that is just beginning to show at the farmer's market. Local is best...
Citizen Forum (09/07/16)
Today the residents on East Mountain Road are a little safer due to the fast response and dedication of two city aldermen, Bob Thomas and David Mitchell with direct support by Mayor Butch Berry. The speed bumps were recently installed with warning signs along East Mountain Road in response to safety concerns aired during city council meetings that informed the city council about hazards experienced by residents walking on East Mountain Road...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/07/16)
Aries: You're a wild combination of good deeds and dirty thoughts this week. Feel free to help an old lady across the street, just don't let her see that battery-operated rocket in your pocket. You might get more than you bargained for. TAURUS: Tuesday is a fantastic day if you want to get things done. If you don't? Too bad. Pick up a mop and a barrel of bleach, because your room looks like a Jackson Pollack painting under a blacklight...
The Natural Way: A supplement to remember (09/07/16)
In researching anything new regarding dementias including Alzheimer's, I came across a little-known supplement worthy of consideration. Of course I checked it out on PubMed through the National Library of Medicine finding university-published science looking at usefulness. One early clinical trial (on people) is underway but dozens of scientific studies have been done. The supplement is called Uridine...
From The Editor: Love without boundaries (08/31/16)
I met Dora in the first grade. She was in my class, and that was a good enough reason to be friends. It didn't take long for us to become best friends, spending weekends at each other's houses and creating exclusive clubs only the coolest first-graders could join. We had vivid imaginations and would sometimes pretend we were on a game show, with her older brother serving as the host. Our favorite game show was "$100,000 Pyramid." I stand by that today...
Citizen Forum (08/31/16)
I am visiting relatives in Eureka Springs. Recently, I saw an article about a fundraising event for the domestic abuse shelter, the Purple Flower, called "Cocktails for a Cause." Since 65 percent of domestic abuse incidents are exacerbated by alcohol, doesn't anyone see the irony in this?...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/31/16)
Aries: If wishes were horses, they would really mess up your carpet. Wishes are actually helium balloons someone has rubbed against their leg and attached to your head. When you're annoyed enough, you'll finally work to make them come true. Taurus: You can wait for good things to come to you, or you can find out where all the good things are made and get hired. The employee discount is awesome if you don't mind occasionally dinged opportunities...
The Natural Way: Beware of prescribed drugs (08/31/16)
I've written about the travails of using prescribed/OTC drugs for reducing acid reflux (GERD, heartburn) several times. This group of drugs is very commonly used daily and is in fact one of the biggest selling and profit-making pills ever. The group is call proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). ...
From The Editor: A woman's prerogative (08/24/16)
As a child, I was obsessed with Barbie. I had so many Barbies that my mom had to buy me one of those massive plastic tubs to store them in. My friend Kasey and I loved creating this intricate world where our Barbies lived. Kasey focused pretty heavily on creating drama between Barbie and Ken, while I established what Barbie's career was and how she ruled the roost as a high-power executive...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/24/16)
Aries: If you persist in walking the road less traveled, at least get some sensible shoes. Those stilettos are useless in mud, and hiking boots go with everything, including your satin ball gown and tiara. Taurus: You are a jewel. Whether you belong in a velvet case or in the navel of a belly dancer remains to be seen. Follow your sparkle to the action; there's more fun where the hips are swinging...
The Natural Way: Sweet benefits (08/24/16)
Is this sugar good for you? The one I'm asking about is d-ribose, which is very different from the ordinary sugars that can cause or worsen diabetes. There are many different sugars, but to sort it out and make it easier, two categories (simple and complex) have been created. ...
From The Editor: Something to talk about (08/17/16)
My family is a buffet of mental illness. Schizophrenia? We've got it! Depression? Check! How about anxiety? We've got that one in droves! It manifests in all of us in different ways, but one thing has always been true. When it comes to being normal, we don't quite fit the bill...
Citizen Forum (08/17/16)
Dear Editor, Today's 10-highest grossing box office releases are about animals, including: "Finding Dory," "The Jungle Book," "Zootopia," "The Secret Life of Pets," and "Kung Fu Panda." Nearly half of our households include a dog and nearly 40 percent have a cat. Two-thirds of us view them as family members and cherish them accordingly. We love our animals to death...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/17/16)
Aries: You're flying higher than a Canadian goose re-routed through Colorado. Whenever you float down for a munchie stop, say hello to the little people who made your soaring trip possible. Taurus: Light and love follow you wherever you go, which makes a good night's sleep difficult with all the glowing and unnecessary happiness. Tell them to get a room so you can doze in bitter, dark slumber, and then meet up with them on Tuesday...
The Natural Way: Don't sweat summer heat (08/17/16)
The heat of summer seems to have topped out, but we may have a few more weeks of heat coming. Is global warming causing you to sweat, or is it just the dog days of summer? Global warming is about the Earth adjusting herself, and we can't do very much about the higher temperatures and humidity, though doing what we can individually is a good thing. ...
From The Editor: Beaming with pride (08/10/16)
A month ago, my Gideon was accepted into a graduate teaching program. I wanted to brag about it to everyone I knew, but he asked me to hold off because he hadn't received his acceptance letter in the mail yet. We live in a digital age, so the university sent him an email saying he had been accepted before we received physical confirmation of it...
Citizen Forum (08/10/16)
Dear Mayor, In response to your request to increase the sales tax rate for businesses in Eureka Springs, I want you to know that I operate a large retail business here and the customers complain about the 9.375 percent daily. I collect a lot of sales tax for this town, and this increase will hurt my business and all the businesses here. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/10/16)
Aries: Your brain wants full speed ahead, but your tush keeps going backward and two steps to the left toward the couch. Get everything in gear and going the same direction, and you'll win the day. Or at least make it to the mailbox. Taurus: Don't be intimidated by angry birds. There are far worse things you can imagine, like vengeful birds who just had a full lunch and spot your freshly washed car...
The Natural Way: Periwinkle helps you remember (08/10/16)
As a kid, my brother and I would look forward to the weekends, counting the days which seemed to pass by as slowly as an anemic turtle. One reason for this was I grew up in a rural part of Florida not far from the virgin beaches on the Gulf side. I remember running from the car toward the white sandy beaches, darting in and out of sea oats and funny little flowers called periwinkle. ...
From The Editor: An important cause (08/03/16)
On a clear night in 2012, I gazed out the car window. My then-boyfriend had stopped at a local bank to deposit a check, and I was waiting on him to return. The stars were out, the moon was shining and I couldn't help but think how beautiful nature can be. When my ex-boyfriend returned to the car, we headed back to his house. I wanted to tell him about the stars and the moon, but he started talking about his ex-girlfriend instead...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/03/16)
Aries: Beware of bearers of bad news, and double your caution if they're actual bears. It's summer, and they're just finding an excuse to eat you and take over your swimming pool. Taurus: Life isn't as bad as you think. It's probably worse, but as long as you keep those rose-colored glasses duct-taped to your head, you're good. Go out and enjoy yourself...
The Natural Way: Shining a light on supplements (08/03/16)
I can't believe the hatchet job mainstream reporting does on the effectiveness and safety of nutritional supplements. The idea of health and illness is very complicated, which these reports seldom acknowledge. Just like prescribed drugs, not everything is going to work for every person. ...
From The Editor: Taking a stand (07/27/16)
This November will mark the second presidential election I've been able to vote in. I remember watching the 2008 election from the outside looking in, silently hoping Barack Obama would prevail over John McCain. I was 16 at the time and lived in a small town in southwest Arkansas where casual racism was pretty rampant. Understandably, I didn't feel comfortable voicing support for Obama...
Citizen Forum (07/27/16)
Editor, I feel it was an unfortunate juxtaposition of stories on page 8 of the July 14 issue of the Citizen when you ran the "No charges" story about someone who will not be returning to the Eureka Springs public school system in the fall on the same page as the 'Citizen of the Week' story about Jake Allen leaving the school system after 10 years. Unless you know something I don't, I feel you owe Mr. Allen an apology...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/27/16)
Aries: You're feeling more conspicuous than a Taylor Swift fan at a Kanye West concert. Instead ofblending in, proudly stand out. If someone gives you a hard time, just write a song about them and collect your millions. Taurus: The heart wants what it wants, but it's just like a toddler; sometimes you must tell it 'No.' Especially if you don't want it to blow up after a truckload of ice cream and bacon...
The Natural Way: Swedish Flower Pollen good for men's health (07/27/16)
Here is a unique supplement most people know nothing about. Men should read this column and acquaint themselves with Swedish Flower Pollen. The supplement is available in the U.S. but may be difficult to find. This is an alternative to Saw Palmetto for benign (non-cancerous) hyperplasia (enlargement) of the prostate. ...
From The Editor: My hometown (07/20/16)
If you're planning to go see "The Legend of Boggy Creek" at The Auditorium on Wednesday, July 27, you'll get a little glimpse of the place where I grew up. I was born in Texarkana, a town that straddles Arkansas and Texas. Mom moved us to Fouke, Ark. when I was 6 so I could go to school in the small community where my paternal family lived...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/20/16)
Aries: You have a bright future ahead; don't let one dim bulb ruin it. Check your entire string before throwing the switch so everyone can ooh and aah at your shiny self. Taurus: Something sets your toes a-tapping on Friday, but no one expected them to be tapping on a computer keyboard. Throw your skill up on YouTube, and you could make a mint typing out resumes with your tootsies...
The Natural Way: Milk Thistle is good for your liver (07/20/16)
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is one of the most ancient herbal medicines, dating back 2,000 years. The old ones would use this artichoke-like plant, which produces a prickly yet beautiful flower, mostly for liver, prostate and kidney problems. Most people have heard of the real benefits for the liver but don't know of its use for the prostate and kidneys. ...
Citizen Forum (07/13/16)
(Editor's Note: This letter was edited to comply with our Letters policy.) We would like to thank all the people who made the Fourth of July Parade possible! First of all, the people behind the scenes: Post 9 American Legion, Debbie Klein, Debbi Clark, Steve "Yip" Vorebeck and Officer Steffen from the ESPD. Thanks to all of you wonderful people, locals and tourists who came out and participated, or to watch the parade in spite of the weather!...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/13/16)
Aries: You can whisper sweet nothings all you like, but you won't get anywhere until those meaningless whispers have some cold, hard cash behind them. Check your budget, then go all out for your sweetie. Taurus: If the sun rises and sets on you, you'll need an ego check or a hat and some sunscreen. Keep going the way you are, and you'll have a sunburned butt that shows itself too much...
The Natural Way: Supplemental calcium won't hurt you (07/13/16)
Published by MedScape (October 2013), an educational service for family practice doctors, is a report clearing the safety of supplemental calcium. Not just one but two large-scale studies clearly show no connection between supplementing with common calcium and heart attacks in either women or men. Please feel assured and at ease with these findings...
From The Editor: My nana's strength (07/06/16)
This week, my nana turned 65 years old. She's one of those cool grandmothers, the type who always looks way cuter than you do and who swears like a sailor. Some consider it unladylike, but I personally find a lot of value in women who aren't afraid to be crass. Nana is certainly one of those women. She can throw shade like no other. It's truly something to behold...
Citizen Forum (07/06/16)
I am disturbed by the public statement made recently by one Eureka Springs Alderman: "If we limit the number of B&Bs (sic) some will do long-term rental if they need the money." 1. Any decision to limit the number of B&Bs, if such a decision is even under discussion, should be based upon factors relating directly to, and only to, B&Bs such as impact on the neighborhood, community needs, citizen preferences, impact on city services, clarification of existing ordinances, etc. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/06/16)
Aries: Sometimes you can't find your center alone. Is your core made of soft, delicious caramel or hard, crunchy lollipop? Entice a friend to give your soul a few licks and see. Taurus: You're looking for summer love on the lake, but watch out for bees. A few stings and you'll look like Mick Jagger. On the bright side, you'll be so kissable and you'll serve as your own floatation device if knocked overboard...
The Natural Way: Supplementing common drugs (07/06/16)
While most all prescribed drugs affect the absorption of certain nutrients, whether from food or supplementation, most people are unaware. In fact, the lopsided, biased healthcare system typically only warns about nutritional supplements interfering with the prescription drugs. This is wrong-headed, I think...
From The Editor: Putting the 'unity' in 'community' (06/29/16)
Last Thursday, I visited the farmers market to interview some locals who are involved in with the Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation. The foundation has set up at the farmers market to raise money for the community center for quite some time now, but this day was special. A large, multi-colored canvas was set up at the foundation's booth with several different drawings, paintings and other artwork on it...
Citizen Forum (06/29/16)
In his letter "Message for Homophobes" in the 6/16/16 Citizen, Mr. Shaw talked about love and then threatened harm to anyone who disagrees with his tragically distorted world view. Mr. Shaw, that is not love. Neither is love demonstrated by applause. Any loving parent knows that when a child is doing wrong, he or she must be corrected. One does not applaud bad behavior. One does not applaud sin...
Guest COMMENTARY (06/29/16)
Butler Hollow fires threaten public health July 7 is the deadline to send opposing comments to prescribed fires on 3,500 acres every three years, with no end in sight. Butler Hollow provides clean air and water, shade and flash flood protection from Butler Creek...