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Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Guest Commentary: Questions left unanswered in Martha episode (07/31/14)
I took my daughter, who is a middle school band student, to the public hearing for Mr. Martin a few weeks back. I thought this would do a few things. One, open the door for her to experience our justice system, as much as you can at a public hearing in front of a school board, and two, for both of us to get some answers as to what is going on with the band situation. ...
Citizen Forum (07/31/14)
Caller had it wrong Apparently if you are free-spirited enough to bring your horse to Eureka for a ride some idiot assumes you must be drunk and calls the police on you. Ishmael and I can assure you we don't need to drink to enjoy a good ride no matter where it is...
Village View: Framing the Love Scene (07/31/14)
"Literary fiction has shied away from love scenes," Pat Carr told me. "It's time to bring them back and do them right." She'll be teaching us how in her workshop entitled Love Scenes and Other Major Scenes on August 9 from 1-4 pm. If you can write a scene, you can write anything...
The Natural Way: A look at metformin (07/31/14)
Last week I started with a series of columns in which I described how prescribed drugs can and often do interfere with the absorption of necessary nutrients. This is little known as it is rarely talked about. Nutritional deficiencies can be diagnosed as a new ailment contributing to having yet another prescription written. Common sense tells us the more drugs we take and the longer we take them the risk of nutritional deficiency would increase...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/31/14)
Aries: Success takes ability, luck and lots of fertilizer. You have two components ready to go, now you just need to find a skill besides talking bullcrap, unless you want to go into politics. Taurus: You're slow to act, so when you start to make a move on Wednesday, give a warning yelp. That way, the pigeons roosting on you won't be quite as startled...
Thanks for helping Apollo (07/24/14)
To everyone who has donated, called, visited, liked and befriended our boy Apollo: On behalf of Apollo, the shelter staff, the board and myself, I must thank all those who donated so generously for Apollo's surgery. The outpouring of compassion and concern from the public overwhelmed us all. Within two days of our plea hitting the internet, we had enough donations to get surgery scheduled...
Thanks to HI responders (07/24/14)
A big thank you to Jack Deaton and the Holiday Island emergency response team for their quick action on Saturday, July 19th. Due to a wreck traffic was re-routed through Beavertown. Traffic was backed up for quite awhile with frustrated drivers on Hwy. 187...
Keeping tragedy in perspective (07/24/14)
Tragedy struck the Fat Tire Festival in Eureka Springs overt the weekend when a 39-year-old woman died after being injured in an accident on the race course. While the death of Laura Wooldridge was a horrible event, it should not be a stain on the festival itself...
Citizen Forum (07/24/14)
Well, "good news" here in Arkansas; we've gained status in the US. Bad news is that the gain is in the poverty areas of our state. According to the Census Bureau, Arkansas has gone from 23.1 percent to 38.8 percent in areas of poverty. The GOP goal seems to be stripping our families of all that will make our lives livable. ...
The Natural Way: Prescribed drugs vs. supplements (07/24/14)
In our nutty system which often pits medications/science against nutritional supplements, the bias supporting medicine is usually given top dog status. Dire warnings abound that if you do this drug or that, then these supplements will interfere causing harm...
Village View: Tell Your Story... before it's too late (07/24/14)
He herded a good-sized, older model car into our parking lot and killed the motor. I happened to be outside, so I went over. He opened the door and swung his legs out, placing both feet firmly on the parking lot. But he didn't stand up. He never stood up...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/24/14)
Aries: Forget the things that go bump in the night, you should be more concerned with what's stumbling around your garage in the morning. Could be a neighbor or a bear; either way, it's a hairy situation. Taurus: Finders may be keepers, but you won't cry if you lose something out of your pocket on Wednesday because the Universe has a "no questions asked" replacement policy. You'll come out richer than you went in...
Hello, I'm glad to be here (07/17/14)
Since I'm about to wrap up my fourth week here in beautiful Carroll County, I suppose it's time to introduce myself. My name, as you've probably figured out by now, is Scott Loftis, and I am the new managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers, which publishes both the Lovely County Citizen and the Carroll County News, as well as several other publications...
Citizen Forum (07/17/14)
Just coming off a busy week of Fleur Delicious Weekend (FDW), I read with interest your latest poll in the Lovely County Citizen. As a founder of FDW, I was of course thrilled to see FDW, a specific fest, included in your poll amongst general auto, music, etc. ...
Village View: Introduction to Screenwriting (07/17/14)
Hollywood veteran Carole Parker will teach Introduction to Screenwriting on July 26 from 1:00 - 4:00. Parker knows the ins and outs of writing for television and film. She has worked with Warner Brothers, Disney, MTV and New Line Cinema, and at Jaffe/Braunstein films, where she worked on 9 TV movies and 2 miniseries (including THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN reboot, a coproduction with Scott Free)...
The Natural Way: Cat's Claw can help fight cancer (07/17/14)
The mysteries of the Amazon and cold science met face to face when a legendary herb gave promise in the battle against cancer. Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is so useful it has the unpleasant honor of being closely studied by the pharmaceutical industry. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/17/14)
Aries: You won't land the goose and its golden egg, but keep on the lookout for the chicken offering free wifi and Starbucks gift cards. That's a much handier bird to have around. Taurus: Congratulations! You've just taken a step toward progress. Now if you can break your other foot free from the cement, you'll be staggering to that goal in no time...
Citizen Forum (07/10/14)
Last night I attended the SWEPCO forum in Eureka Springs and I want to thank Faith Petit-Shaw, Pat Costner and Doug Stowe for their supreme efforts in organizing a grassroots effort to save the Ozark Mountains from an obsolete system of energy distribution. Their tireless work has produced impressive results and it is the responsibility of all us to continue this massive effort...
GUEST COMMENTARY: POW/MIAs deserve to be honored (07/10/14)
I am writing this letter in advance, before the avalanche of protest letters come pouring in about me donating a POW-MIA flag that my American Legion Post #9 raised next to the recently installed flag pole American flag atop Planer Hill on the 4th of July morning. I thought it was a good idea to raise it on the 4th of July to honor our POW-MIAs. I've seen a lot of towns fly this flag proudly...
Village View: Infinite Choices: Writing Character-Driven Stories (07/10/14)
This week we look at the most important element of your story: Character. Even if you are writing your own story, how you present yourself as a character is the most critical factor in whether anyone will read your story. Pat Carr, our Program Coordinator, will be teaching an afternoon workshop on Character this Saturday (July 12)...
The Natural Way: Hormones can have major impact (07/10/14)
Cortisol and DHEA are two hormones closely associated with health, sickness and weight gain. Whether eating to fill an emotional need or grabbing fast food simply because there's no time to prepare something healthy, a stressed-out lifestyle is rarely a healthy one...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/10/14)
Aries: Not everything that's difficult to do is worth doing. Listen to your inner slacker on Tuesday and grab some beer instead. Work satisfaction pales in comparison to a slightly buzzed afternoon in a lawn chair. Taurus: Someone sees you as their guardian angel, but you're not so sure. Relax and take the job; they seem low-maintenance, and you look fabulous in those big, fluffy wings...
GUEST COMMENTARY: APSC can still do the right thing (07/03/14)
The plan for SWEPCO's transmission line was put firmly in place in early 2008 -- well over 2,000 days ago. APSC commissioners knew of the plan at that time. Since then, they have been privy to the details of SWEPCO's proposal and the challenges to that proposal for at least 365 days. Even so, they gave themselves another 90 days to decide whether or not to grant rehearings to AEP/SWEPCO and Save the Ozarks...
Citizen Forum (07/03/14)
Wearing a hat fit for the horse racing scene in "My Fair Lady," I was sitting in The Aud watching the film when I noticed across the aisle Enid Schwartz wrapped in an embrace reminiscent of high school with her husband, Carl, of close to 50 years. Enid is a regular submitter to "Letters to the Editor" pinpointing yet another fixable problem in Eureka Springs and many times with the perfect solution. ...
Village View: Honoring Your "Soul" Purpose (07/03/14)
Our column this week from the Village Writing School family is by Jessie Rex. While Jessie handles many administrative duties here, her greatest contribution is the way she brightens up the place with her wisdom and joy. "As writers we live life twice, like a cow that eats its food once and then regurgitates it to chew and digest it again. We have a second chance at biting into our experience and examining it...
The Natural Way: Words hold true after 15 years (07/03/14)
This fall will mark my 15th year with the Citizen. Here is an excerpt from the very first Natural Way column. "What an exciting time it is in which we live. Just as I sit to write this first column on The Natural Way, I become aware of the awe typifying any new venture...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/03/14)
Aries: Opportunity won't knock for you, but it will pull into the driveway and honk the horn. Be ready to jump at a moment's notice, because it wants to beat the traffic and make good time. Taurus: Wise men say you can discover the whole world in a grain of sand, but you'll have to work up to that. Find your butt with both hands first, and you can dig some sand out of your swim trunks to study...
EDITORIAL: Editor bids farewell to newspaper (06/26/14)
This is my last edition of the Lovely County Citizen as editor. I am also stepping down from being Managing Editor of Carroll County Newspapers' operations in the county. I am moving on to a new career and will be taking over as Marketing and Wedding Director at Blue Spring Heritage Center...
Citizen Forum (06/26/14)
I am hearing rumors that there will be no 4th of July Parade this year, and possibly no Veterans Day Parade also, because the main organizer, Sue Glave, is seriously ill. This is an outrage! Surely in a town of over 2,000 people, someone or some group can step up and organize our future parades and continue the fine, hard work Sue started. As a Vietnam veteran, I will be very disappointed if we do not have a Veterans Day Parade this year...
Eureka Springs: Progressive? Or Regressive? (06/26/14)
The following Top Ten list of reasons to support the Trails Master Plan is hardly comprehensive, but I ask anyone sitting on the fence with regard to trails in Eureka, "Shouldn't it be enough?" 1. As much as I love my adopted state of Arkansas of 35 years, I'm not proud to say that we live in a state where 32.3 percent of its population is obese, ranking it 5th highest in a country that is nearly two thirds obese or overweight and where obesity is on the rise...
Village View: Doesn't Everybody? (06/26/14)
Our column this week from the Village Writing School family is by Pat Carr, our new Program Coordinator. Pat will teach once a month and help me line up great visiting instructors. Today, she comments on the learning process for writers at any level...
The Natural Way: A great choice for health (06/26/14)
I started writing this column when the Citizen was first started (about 14 years ago). I'm always excited to hear and learn from my readers. This is a quote from a reader in Berryville, who took the time to tell of his experience dealing with asthma...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/26/14)
Aries: Beauty is only skin-deep, but that's fine for you since you swim in the shallow end of the personality pool anyway. Enjoy those compliments on Twitter, they will be the most meaningful conversations you have this week. Taurus: You don't expect life to be easy, but you would appreciate some hand rails along the muddy parts. Keep walking and you'll make it through, just don't try to take your Rascal scooter four-wheeling in the muck...
Citizen Forum (06/19/14)
I have vacationed, visited and taken several day trips to Eureka all my adult life. It's one of my favorite destinations, not to mention my family'S and friends' favorite destination. It's a quaint, eccentric and artistic destination that we enjoy very much...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/19/14)
Aries: The only time you should jump the gun is when someone's shooting Nerf darts. Otherwise, wait for the wedding like everyone else. Taurus: Take heart, because the universe is smiling on you. It's a good smile, too, not a creepy one like your weird uncle always has during Thanksgiving dinner. Bet you'll never look under that table again...
Village View: Driven by the Story or Called by the Process? (06/19/14)
We were a motley crew. I was among the several nontraditional students, though I think I was the only one with new hearing aids. The young folks ranged from dogmatically conservative to assortedly pierced. But we were all there to learn to be writers, because this was the first semester of our journey to a Masters in Fine Arts in either fiction or creative nonfiction...
The Natural Way: A few tricks up my sleeve (06/19/14)
Like you, I have to see medical doctors from time to time and I'm a problem for some of them. I insist that I have the final say over what I do with my body and insist my medical team respect my choices. I do listen closely to their advice and do use prescribed drugs at times. But if a natural choice works better for me that is where I go first...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/13/14)
Aries: You have the chance to make one of your dreams come true. Choose wisely, because any roles previously played by Angelina Jolie will now be played by Honey Boo Boo's mother. Taurus: A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a lot of knowledge just makes you scream at the TV. Try to hit the middle ground; you'll be a formidable Scrabble player but you won't need as much medication...
Citizen Forum (06/13/14)
Remember the Goddess Gala, the all-women's dance and blessing of the seeds held in April? Well, it was GREAT and brought a broad cross-section of the sisterhood together to celebrate life, eat, drink and be merry, while giving every cent from the ticket sales to help abused children at Merlin Foundation. ...
Stay cool and safe in summer (06/12/14)
The heat of summer is coming. Is it 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. We all need to do the little things that we can on the big level to help all of us survive the adjustment. However, we can attend to our physical needs when we sweat too much...
EDITORIAL: Inaction is no longer an option (06/12/14)
Beneath the hyperbolic rhetoric and pushback last week surrounding the new EPA regulations to limit carbon emissions is a fundamental truth that can no longer be ignored: Inaction is not an option on global warming. If critics think EPA regulations are a bad idea, they have to come up with a better one or hold their tongue...
Citizen Forum (06/06/14)
We keep hearing about inequalities and injustices in the popular press these days. My story is more common than not, so I have to set the record straight on these widely politicized Injustices or inequalities issues concerning everything from race, college indebtedness and economic injustices affecting valuable and limited resources of all kinds across the country...
GUEST COMMENTARY: Neighbor laments factory hog farm changes (06/04/14)
By now, most of Arkansas knows about the factory hog farm of 6500 pigs located in the Buffalo River watershed on Big Creek in Mt. Judea. You've read about the pollution and the threat to America's first National River. But what you haven't heard is how the C&H Hog Farm affects local people living at "ground zero."...
EDITORIAL: We support more in-town trails (05/29/14)
Editor's note: This week, we bring you some excerpts from the Eureka Springs Trails Master Plan document, which is so well-written and includes such good arguments, we thought you should all see it. The Lovely County Citizen fully supports the plan as well as the idea that more natural-surface, in-town trails through undeveloped areas (think grass and trees!) will enhance Eurekans' quality of life as well as boost our attractiveness to potential visitors and residents. ...
Your writing can take you places (05/29/14)
My guest columnist this week is Kelly Madigan who is an expert at getting cool stuff like NEA grants and month-long paid residencies at writers' retreats. She'll be sharing her knowledge at our workshop this Saturday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. Your Writing can Take You Places...
What to do for dementia (05/29/14)
This is an amazingly beautiful world; it can also be equally cruel. No where is this more easily seen than with the ailment of Alzheimer's disease. While there has been much attention given to this type of dementia recently not much has been said about the natural approach. The natural supplements can mostly be used alongside the prescribed drugs...
Wisecrack Zodiac, May 29, 2014 (05/29/14)
You have a rare opportunity to redeem yourself on Monday. Make sure your expiration date hasn't passed, and ask the clerk if she honors double coupons. Sometimes it's easier to value yourself when you know what you're worth to a barcode scanner. You're feeling more lost than a sensitivity coach in a Dirty Harry movie. Don't worry, when it comes to wisdom, you're packing plenty of heat. Blow people away with your impressive knowledge of Spongebob Squarepants trivia. That'll leave 'em in the dust...
LETTER: Parking meter system needs a fix (05/23/14)
Lately there has been a lot of flak about parking tickets downtown. Our new meter staff is prompt and perhaps overzealous. I stopped at the courthouse for early voting on my lunch hour. Despite City Hall being empty except for one voter in front of me, there was no parking available in the court only 20 minute spaces. ...
LETTER: Trails public forum was encouraging (05/23/14)
Even with all the conflicts with other events, there was standing room only at the Trails Public Forum last Thursday evening. There were more than 90 in attendance, and most exuberantly expressed strong support and excitement for the proposed Trails System in Eureka Springs. The Trails Committee was very pleased with the lists of ideas generated by small group discussions to guide us as we move forward with the Master Plan...
LETTER: Fighting hunger among seniors (05/23/14)
Each May, we celebrate Older Americans Month. This is the time that we recognize older Americans for the contributions they have made to make our country free and strong. It is also a time that we need to see what we can do to help pay them back for all that they have done for us...