[Masthead] Overcast ~ 71°F  
High: 85°F ~ Low: 64°F
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/26/15)
Aries: Watch out for tall men with pomegranates taped to their foreheads. They have enough problems without you adding to their therapy bill. Save your drama for someone less attached to their produce. Taurus: If a Bigfoot screams and falls down in the forest, did it really happen? Carry a few Band-Aids in your pocket on Tuesday and find out...
The Natural Way: Natural remedies to fend off Alzheimer's (08/26/15)
Lonely people and people who have limited social lives tend to have high levels of chronic inflammation. In these people there is a much higher incidence of heart attack, stroke, dementia and Alzheimer's as they age. We all know many elders outlive their friends and family leaving them lonely. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/19/15)
Aries: Every rose has not only a thorn, but also a few bees and a crazy price tag. Skip the bouquets and take your sweetie for a roll in the dandelions instead. It's cheaper and it will confuse the squirrels. Taurus: You never know what you can do until you try. After that, you'll realize your peak skills involve sitting on the couch and outwitting a bag of spicy Doritos...
The Natural Way: What was bad is now good (08/19/15)
Lard is now good for you! "Consumption of saturated fats is not associated with all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease (CHD), ischemic stroke, or diabetes. In contrast, however, consumption of trans fats is associated with all-cause mortality, total CHD, and CHD mortality, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies."...
Citizen Forum (08/12/15)
In a recent column, Dr. Jim Fain touched on the increased risk of cell phone radiation to children because of their thinner skulls and faster growing. There is much more to learn about this and a good place to start is at BabySafeProject.org. This is a joint initiative of Grassroots...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/12/15)
Aries: Your sign isn't "Curves Ahead." It's more "Watch Out for Landslides." That's fine, just slap down a few orange cones around your knees and enjoy a fresh plate of cookies. Once you quit trying to defy gravity, it really takes the pressure off...
The Natural Way: Scientific studies show the value of natural vitamin E (08/12/15)
More scientific studies are proving the value of vitamin E. Three papers that were recently published in prestigious journals all show real benefit of having vitamin E in your diet. Since the researchers began using natural vitamin E on their test subjects, the data has consistently shown benefit for a variety of conditions...
FROM THE EDITOR: The day hate ended (08/12/15)
Diversity Weekend gave me a chance to see the world through the eyes of some of the most talented artists and filmmakers in Eureka Springs and Arkansas. I originally planned to relax that weekend and meet up with friends but ended up being a reporter because we were short-staffed -- I'm glad I did -- I walked away changed. Good stories have a way of doing that...
Citizen Forum (08/05/15)
Editor, Hey, everybody, last Wednesday 30 of our citizens met at Red's BBQ cafe (the old Wagon Wheel) for a Bernie Sanders live streaming speech and rally. We had a great time and we're even more convinced that Bernie is our guy. We decided that our next event will be to march in the Labor Day parade as "Voters for Bernie." We also will meet at Red's from month to month as our local club \house. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/05/15)
Aries: You're wondering about an outcome on your work situation. Only time will tell, but you can keep that tattletale quiet with a steady stream of chocolates. The only way to keep Time's big mouth shut is to give it a bigger butt. Taurus: Knowing what you want is fine, but now you have to figure out how to get it. Try diplomacy instead of a giant butterfly net, because those nets are easy to chew through...
The Natural Way: Ways to reduce cell phone radiation (08/05/15)
People often ask about the safety of cell phones and electromagnetic radiation. While this is a type of radiation it is different than medical radiation like C.T. scanners which is also different from spilled radiation from nuclear reactors. It is no wonder people are confused...
Citizen Forum (07/29/15)
Dear Citizen: Well we're all drinking poison now and paying for the privilege to boot. Who's to blame for this travesty ? Our past Congress for sure, since they rushed this through before we could rally to stop it and the current Congress for not repealing it. Don't re-elect any Congress critter who doesn't work to remove this toxic waste from our water...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/29/15)
Aries: You can draw more flies with honey but who needs more flies? Try cooking up something that draws more geese, especially if they lay golden eggs. Taurus: Go outside and quit watching the clock. You'll feel better, and so will your timepiece. It's starting to get paranoid. If you're really wondering what your clock is up to, buy a security camera...
The Natural Way: Ways to eliminate exposure to chemicals (07/29/15)
I was listening to a segment on National Public Radio in which the interview of the author Shapiro described the thrust of his new book "Exposed." He reports that because the European Union has tight safety standards on chemicals and plastics that manufacturers in China and elsewhere are selling different products to Europe than they do in the U.S. At this point, I thought, "no big deal, just good business on an unimaginably large scale."...
FROM THE EDITOR: Child welfare and family court system needs an overhaul (07/29/15)
On the heels of the re-homing scandal involving state Rep. Justin Harris, Gov. Asa Hutchinson released an independent report that reviewed the state's child welfare system. The findings were startling. The report, conducted by the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group, showed that the rate of child maltreatment reporting in Arkansas is 72.9 reports per 1,000 children, almost twice the national average of 47.1 reports...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/22/15)
Aries: An idea rings a bell with you on Monday. Listen to it before it digs up a tuba and blasts you out of your chair. Good thing you don't have ideas often, or you'd be followed around by a marching band. Taurus: Happiness is fleeting because you haven't figured out how to set the right trap. Try digging a pit and covering it in birdseed. If it's good enough for Wile E. Coyote, it's good enough for you...
The Natural Way: Natural remedies for pain relief (07/22/15)
In the past, drugs such as Celebrex, Viox and Aleve have all hit mainstream news as drugs that increase the risk of heart troubles if taken regularly. Of course, these medicines are usually given to people who have chronic pain most often associated with arthritis. Arthritis is the most common but is not necessarily the only ailment for which pain relief therapy is undertaken. Many people stuck in the medical model don't even know alternatives exist...
Citizen Forum (07/22/15)
When I saw your July 16 front page with Mr. Brandt holding the current Arkansas flag, I almost puked. That's because I was born and raised in the Confederate state of Mississippi, went to college in the Confederate state of Texas and live in the Confederate state of Arkansas. I am sick of "the Confederacy"...
Citizen Forum (07/15/15)
Dear Editor, Alert to families with young children, birth to 3 years of age. The CDC has highly recommended non-fluorine water for all children under the age of three. This includes drinking water, the making of drinks with water, formulas for infants, cooking water; all and any water for those under 3 years of age due to contraindications...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/15/15)
Aries: Thursday's bark is worse than its bite, but Friday's slobber is just gross. Scratch the weekend behind its ears and it will roll over for you. Remember to give it a treat on Sunday night. Taurus: At last, you have the answer. Unfortunately, the only person asking the question is stuck in Singapore traffic and his cell phone battery is dead. If you want to share your knowledge, consider a carrier pigeon or message ferret...
The Natural Way: The benefits of green tea (07/15/15)
Iced green tea blended with spearmint or peppermint is refreshing and delicious especially as the days heat up and we get more sun exposure. Most everyone knows of the long-term damage to the skin caused by sunburn and the increased chance of skin cancer. Accordingly, many know about wearing hats, protective clothing and sun blocker. But some don't want the chemicals in commercial preparations. Ever-refreshing green tea comes to the rescue...
FROM THE EDITOR: Proper care and feeding of journalists (07/15/15)
After hearing about El Chapo's escape from a Mexican prison this week, I posted a status update on Facebook that said El Chapo's Sinaloa Cartel is tied to the terrorist groups Hezbollah, AQIM and ISIS. A friend from Texas responded and said that she couldn't believe more people weren't talking about this. I responded and told her that people turn off the news because they don't know what else to do. Her response was, "well, what can you do?"...
Citizen Forum (07/08/15)
Hello, everyone. The fluoride is on its way. It is not in, but it is getting really close and we need to do something. Maybe you don't realize that this fluoride is not like the fluoride of years ago. It is toxic waste that has nowhere else to go. It is being dumped on us without our consent. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/08/15)
Aries: You're not paranoid if they're really out to get you. Luckily, the only one throwing you shade this week is the dog, but you'll be safe. Once he gets that cone of shame removed, however, watch your step. Taurus: April rain brings May flowers, but July rain just means the ants are wearing life vests. Take your picnic indoors unless you want to be boarded by tiny pirates sailing the high seas of your lawn in a cereal box...
The Natural Way: Calcium is not bad for the heart (07/08/15)
Studies show no correlation between calcium supplements and heart attacks. In the October 2013 edition of MedScape, an educational service for family practice doctors, a report was published that clears the safety of supplemental calcium. Two major studies clearly show there is no connection between supplementing with common calcium and heart attacks in men and women. These studies should assure readers that calcium supplements are safe...
FROM THE EDITOR: Support local arts (07/08/15)
Over the long holiday weekend, I had a chance to enjoy Eureka Springs from a different viewpoint. I've been settling into my new apartment and getting back to my old hobbies -- restoring old furniture and creating unique art pieces from items others have tossed in the trash -- so I poked through a few of our antique stores to see what I could find...
Citizen Forum (07/01/15)
A huge thank you! I would like to thank Randall Christy, Phillip Wilson and Mike Bishop for showing all of us the kind of Christians you really are. I have no doubt you have made Gerald L.K. Smith proud for being his living legacies. Thank you again for showing your true faces...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/01/15)
Aries: You know this tune, it's time to change the beat. Pull out your sunglasses and turntable, and show those tittering hipsters how it's really done at the farmer's market. Time for an heirloom tomato dance-off. Taurus: Forget having a bee in your bonnet, someone's stuffed a mad pterodactyl up in there. Lose the hat or let cooler heads prevail until you get that dinosaur off your noggin...
The Natural Way: Sleep naturally (07/01/15)
It came upon a midnight clear, or perhaps earlier. I'm writing about sleep, safe and restful sleep, something we all need and all find elusive at times. For some of us this is temporary but for others it can be long term. Restorative sleep is a requirement for a good life. Supplements can be of great help both in falling asleep and staying asleep longer and are not only effective but also safe...
FROM THE EDITOR: An open letter to my son (06/24/15)
I know it's hard right now. I can't imagine being 17 again, much less being 17 in this complicated, screwed-up world where most adults can't even keep their stuff together. Making it through relatively unscathed calls for an intestinal fortitude that is difficult to muster; I know you have it in you...
Citizen Forum (06/24/15)
The Holiday Island Rotary Club would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and all the community for their support in making the Fourth Annual Party in the Park, held Memorial Day weekend, a success. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships to help Eureka Springs High School seniors continue their education after graduation and support other community projects...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/24/15)
Aries: Don't assume a situation is cut and dried. Everything's still very squishy, and no one's even pulled the scissors out yet. Draw out the pattern you want before the boss starts snipping away. Taurus: You're tossed out of the frying pan and into the fire, but you fool them all when you strip off your clothes to reveal one of those silver fireproof suits. Hope you made sure it was a real fireproof suit and someone just didn't sell you a roll of aluminum foil...
The Natural Way: Glutathione can help you detox (06/24/15)
Detox and get younger? Wish it was that simple, but there is a supplement that is a powerful detox and antioxidant (antioxidants help us to handle age better). It is glutathione. Glutathione is composed of three amino acids, namely glycine, glutamic acid and cysteine. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/17/15)
Aries: Those who wander are not lost; they're just looking for a clean bathroom. Take the road less traveled if your idea of adventure is using poison oak leaves for toilet paper. Taurus: Listen to that inner voice on Tuesday. It knows what's right, what's wrong, and how many French fries you should allow yourself. Quick answer: eleven. Fifteen if they're curly fries and you have some ranch dressing to go with them...
The Natural Way: Clean diet reduces cancer risk (06/17/15)
I've been asked by a number of people, just this last week, to run this column, again. They clipped it from the paper and sent it to friends and relatives to stick on the refrigerator but forgot to keep one for themselves. These suggestions are good for all of us whether we are challenged with cancer or not...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/10/15)
Aries: You follow the rainbow, but at the end you only find a drunk leprechaun sleeping it off. If he wakes up and tells you to reach into his pocket for the pot of gold, don't do it. Unless you're really lonely. Taurus: Things are finally looking up, but you're too entrenched in that cranky funk to see it. Get your nose out of your navel or you'll miss all the fireworks and someone will stick a sparkler in your butt crack...
The Natural Way: Natural remedies for summer ailments (06/10/15)
In this part of the world, we all deal with patterns that are predictable such as colds and flu in the winter, allergies in both the spring and fall, Brown Recluse spider bites, Poison Ivy, chiggers and ticks, heat stroke and sunburn in the summer. We are smack dab in the middle of the part of the country where the Brown Recluse spider prefers to live. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/03/15)
Aries: If you don't succeed, try, try, try again. After the fourth try, however, you should kick back, have a beer and figure out why success eludes you like a greased pig before you wrestle with it once more. Taurus: Your rules may be carved in stone, but someone has just found a box of dynamite. Loosen up before you find yourself under a pile of your own debris...
The Natural Way: CLA for fat loss (06/03/15)
Ever wonder why some people say grass-fed animals that produce food such as meat, milk and eggs are better for you? I mean, actually better for your health, not just that the flavor is better. What if I told you it is due to a type of fat and that this particular fat is only naturally found in grass-fed animals and some mushrooms?...
FROM THE EDITOR: Benghazi witch hunt? (06/03/15)
While the GOP is busy pinning the blame for the 2012 Benghazi attacks on Hillary Clinton and the State Department, no one is asking about whether the CIA, the Pentagon or its contractors have any responsibility, direct or indirect, in the Benghazi attacks...
Citizen Forum (06/03/15)
I'd like to reply to Jasmine Stanley's recent appeal in the Independent newspaper for a solution to our impending forced fluoridation. (Though it may appear to some in vain, I'll repeat these words for you again.) The following was originally published in the local newspapers in June, 2012, and the N.W.A. Times declined to publish:...
Wisecrack Zodiac (05/27/15)
Aries: You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can totally trash talk the movie based on it. Before you loosen those lips, though, rip out a few pages and make sure you have the story straight. Taurus: Passion burns, but so does a pot left on the stove. Don't grab anything without using protection, otherwise you'll have some explaining to do in front of a chuckling ER nurse...
The Natural Way: Consume fish for better health (05/27/15)
Catfish, Bass and Blue Gill can be great eating and a lot of fun in the getting but you have to go to the ocean for heart saving benefits from fish. You see eating cold water ocean fish like salmon and fresh tuna may reduce coronary artery disease, which then reduces the chance of heart attack or stroke...
FROM THE EDITOR: The wrong message (05/27/15)
I just read an article in the Huffington Post by John Shore that pretty much summed up the Duggar issue in one succinct, well-written blog post. Shore's article recounted a recent call from a "Bible Believing" minister who was very concerned about the increasing abuse his daughter was undergoing at the hands of her husband...
Citizen Forum (05/20/15)
I just had to write and "congratulate" you on the fine job everyone did at getting your 2223 ordinance passed. There's nothing quite like the feel of victory at getting your way; especially at the expense of two good citizens here we are supposed to treat with the love and respect you stressed was so important here in Eureka. Jesus would never have uncovered a person's past publicly or spoke disrespectfully of others. I hope you're proud of yourselves...
Wisecrack Zodiac (05/20/15)
Aries: The world is about to beat a path to your door. If you don't want that much company, you can always move to another town, or just go mad scientist and develop a tasering doormat. That will bring even more people to you, but they'll have to be sneakier about it...
The Natural Way: Hair Health (05/20/15)
The hair on top of our head is seen by everybody and often it is what folks base their first impression upon. Additionally, it does provide a protective function to our head and body. A good diet and proper supplementation can enhance hair health. We all know of male pattern baldness but many do not know that women often lose hair count or that the thickness of individual strands thins with age. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (05/13/15)
Aries: You're a few Cocoa Puffs short of a bowl, but you're still sweet. Just don't turn the milk brown when you sit in it or you'll never be invited back to that day spa again. Taurus: Get to the heart of the matter and you'll understand everything. If you're lucky, you can do it just by pressing an ear against someone's lovely chest. If not, you'll have to pry up a few floorboards, Poe-style...
The Natural Way: L-Glutathione has many benefits (05/13/15)
I started writing this column when the Citizen originated about 15 years ago. I'm always excited to hear and learn from my readers. A reader in Berryville took the time to tell me about his experiences dealing with asthma. "Asthma is a very debilitating condition and can just make life miserable," he said. ...
Citizen Forum (05/13/15)
A huge thank you to all parents and volunteers whose participation and donation of time has once again helped us to conclude another successful school year for our students here at Eureka Springs Elementary. Parental attendance at Parent/Teacher Conferences has been greatly appreciated as it helps to guide our young students to greater success throughout the year; a united front of teachers, parents, and their students is essential in giving every child every chance every day. ...