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Citizen Forum (02/25/15)
Dear citizens of Eureka Springs: You ask me why I am opposed to Ordinance 2223. Let me tell you five reasons, though I have many more. 1. It is an invasion of my rights as a landlord. By including "socioeconomic background" in the list of categories protected from discrimination--note it is background--it makes doing a credit check of a prospective renter an offense of the ordinance, subjects me to a possible $100-$500 fine and possibly makes me a criminal guilty of a misdemeanor...
Wisecrack Zodiac (02/25/15)
Aries: You feel the need to cut loose, but don't stray too far from your roots. Papa may have been a rolling stone, but Mama was closer to an Osmond, so you have all the zaniness of Lite Rock FM. Taurus: Don't just follow your dreams; this week, make the move and introduce yourself before your dreams think you're a stalker and get a restraining order...
The Natural Way: Treating high blood pressure ... naturally (02/25/15)
I get "White Coat" high blood pressure every time I get it checked in a medical office. Maybe it's the smell of the room, anticipation of getting a shot or just that this measurement is "official" and will forever be in disagreement with what happens in the quiet privacy of my own space...
FROM THE EDITOR: Article V Convention is a dangerous idea (02/25/15)
Rep. Bob Ballinger has been busy in the Arkansas legislative halls this session. While most of the media was caught up in the frenzy of controversial religious freedom legislation backed by Ballinger, not many people noticed another one of his strategic moves on the legislative chess board...
Wisecrack Zodiac (02/18/15)
Aries: Knowledge is power, and right now your wisdom couldn't even juice up a tiny flashlight. Quit sticking your tongue against the battery and learn how to do it right before you kill any more taste buds and brain cells. Taurus: Pruning your personality is worthwhile, but you need something heavy duty instead of those tweezers. Get down to the bare essentials with a fast yank of cosmic hot wax rather than the slow tug of individual faults...
The Natural Way: Obsolete herbs (02/18/15)
The native tribal healers were killed; those old crones were burned as witches and the Civil War devastated rural towns along with entire cultures. Healing knowledge has been gained and lost though out our history. The use of herbal medicine was devastated and today there are a number of herbs, which are considered obsolete by many modern practitioners. ...
Citizen Forum (02/18/15)
Butler Hollow: Arkansans are downstream, downwind, and downright mad With only 12 days to comment, U.S. Forest Service officials left Arkansans out of the loop of the Butler Hollow Project. Only people sending written comments during the comment period have an opportunity to object U.S. ...
FROM THE EDITOR: Eureka Springs stands on the forefront of LGBT civil rights (02/18/15)
No other issue stands to divide a nation or a faith more than LGBT rights. Last year, I sat in the snow and waited outside the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Hobby Lobby decision. Tensions were high, and the nation watched as people protested for religious rights and for women's rights...
Wisecrack Zodiac (02/11/15)
Aries: Stand up straight on Friday. If you bend over, Cupid's arrow will go astray and your left butt cheek will fall madly in love with the little old lady on a park bench. At least she'll meet your best side. Taurus: You're rational, logical and level-headed; where's the fun in that? Check your brain at the door for one night and make some spectacularly bad decisions. You'll earn free beers from the tattoo story alone...
The Natural Way: Natural remedies for Measles (02/11/15)
Do we have measles in Arkansas? As of this writing none have been reported but there have been measles in Texas and Illinois... not so far away. Measles can show up in anybody and can be easily confused with flu. Except, a miserable rash comes up a little later that doesn't happen with flu...
Wisecrack Zodiac (02/04/15)
Aries: One step forward and two steps back may look great on the dance floor, but it's a lousy life plan. Take an opportunity on Wednesday to get ahead before you back yourself into the punch bowl. Taurus: Sometimes when you reach for the stars, others see you as a crazy person swatting at invisible bugs in the backyard. Keep grasping for that dream, but do it out of sight for a while or the neighbors will be nervous...
The Natural Way: Determining toxicity: Scientific scrutiny or preponderance of evidence? (02/04/15)
A while back, I listened to a segment on National Public Radio in which the interview of the author, Shapiro described the thrust of his then-new book "Exposed". He reports that because the European Union has tight standards of safety 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, no big deal, just good business on an unimaginably large scale, or not...
Citizen Forum (02/04/15)
Eleven-year-old pens heartfelt letter about Butler Hollow Project Editor's note: We are running this letter as written, by 11-year-old Lily Torgerson. My name is Lily Torgerson and I grew up in Buttler Hollow. I consider it my home. I might not live there but I do. ...
FROM THE EDITOR: Lobbying for Dental Health? (02/04/15)
Of all the stories I cover in Eureka Springs, no other garners more local, national and even international attention than fluoride. Each time I run a story about fluoride, I inevitably get calls and emails from not only the citizens of Eureka and surrounding areas, but from people in cities as far away as Canada and Ireland. The message is clear: "We do not want fluoride in our water."...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/28/15)
Aries: Putting your best foot forward isn't an option with those toenails. Try sticking in your best elbow or kneecap. The other person will be too confused to realize how strange you truly are. Taurus: If you can't make something right, you can at least make it sparkle. A few glitter bombs around the office will distract your boss from your latest screw-up, just make sure no one knows you did it...
The Natural Way: Hearty foods for winter (01/28/15)
This is the time of the year for hearty foods. Acorn, Butternut, Hubbard and Spaghetti squash is as plentiful and cheap as are root veggies such as parsnips, potatoes and carrots. Storing them in a cool yet dry area at home will keep them fresh for a long time. ...
Citizen Forum (01/28/15)
Eureka needs diversity in businesses, too Note: This letter is in response to a letter that ran Jan. 22, titled "How to ensure Eureka's future." Having been a regular visitor to Eureka for well over 20 years, I'd like to add my perspective to the discussion about our future with Eureka. I currently spend part of the winter here as I consider it mild, compared to the north country and consider Eureka my second home...
FROM THE EDITOR: Eureka needs a unified vision (01/28/15)
Eureka needs a unified vision The message of change reverberates throughout the hallowed rooms of city hall, where ghosts of town leaders past keep a careful watch over those now in their positions who are forging forward with a new vision for the city. It is echoed time and again in city council and CAPC meetings, in letters to the editor, in downtown galleries...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/22/15)
Aries: It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Seriously, you need to find that glass eye and put it back on your uncle's nightstand before he wakes up. He doesn't need to know where that thing has been. Taurus: Every moment has a story, but no one wants to hear your Greek tragedy over the coffee run this morning. What you did with that crazy blonde who wore the eyepatch? Completely different matter...
The Natural Way: Rhodiola for emotional and physical health (01/22/15)
Living a happy life, not surprisingly, adds to health and longevity. A supplement that I particularly like is Rhodiola (often part of an adrenal support formula) which helps us smile more easily and does much more. But, first I'm writing about the nature of emotional health to be sure you and I are on the same page...
Citizen Forum (01/22/15)
How to ensure Eureka's future Editor: I keep seeing in the local papers the wringing of hands as everyone worries about tourist numbers going down, shops closing and what to do about it. From my perspective the causes are simple -- greed and short-sightedness. ...
Citizen Forum (01/15/15)
Thank you to our emergency personnel My husband and I would like to take this opportunity to express our profound thanks to all the First Responders who assisted me with the accident I had in my home, a few months ago. I want to thank each of you for your quick response, the professionalism, care, and your respectful manner in which you handled the emergency. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/15/15)
Aries: The world may not slow down for you, but that doesn't mean it can throw you off, either. Ride the day like a mechanical bull in a Texas bar, and throw in the occasional 'Yee Haw!' just to keep your coworkers on their toes. Taurus: Forget candy and roses. Show your sweetie you still care by giving them the remote and sitting through that five-hour PBS special on bees throughout history. That's true love. Well, that, and not making them wear the Robert Downey, Jr. mask in bed anymore...
The Natural Way: Supplements the key to avoiding synthetic medications (01/15/15)
Of course I support our local organic farmers and the healthy/fresh produce we get year round. It is true we all need to get our nutritional needs met first through food choice. You can be sure I do this at my home. But, people cannot receive therapeutic levels of a nutritional supplements solely through eating food. Choosing the right supplement and the right amount is the key to, perhaps, avoiding synthetic medicine...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/08/15)
Aries: You've fallen in love, but some stupidity has splashed up on your pants leg. Don't worry, a Sham Wow and taking your sweetie to meet your parents will throw cold water on that stain. Taurus: Success is in your corner when you drop all the New Year's resolutions and go with goals like "Keep breathing" and "Don't carry ferrets on your head." Take that, people who are dieting right now...
The Natural Way: Supplements fight major diseases (01/08/15)
The headline read "7 diseases cost state billions, study says." That is billions with a "B." Arkansas has the third highest numbers of diseases per capita, beaten only by West Virginia and Tennessee. Missouri did better than Arkansas; but the closer you get to state borders, likely more similarities occur...
Citizen Forum (01/08/15)
Ghosts at The Crescent Dear Editor: Wow what a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We stayed in the Crescent Hotel. Yep, you guessed it. I saw a ghost. At home when I have trouble going to sleep I walk and pace around until I would feel more comfortable in bed. Well, I had trouble sleeping that night. At about 3 a.m. I got out of our third-floor room and starting to pace the halls...
FROM THE EDITOR: What I've learned in my quest to the Great Divide (01/08/15)
What I've learned in my quest to the Great Divide I've spent a week pondering what to write in this space. I thought about talking about how much I love my kids, and how happy I am about life and my career. Alas, career and kids are the milestones that define an independent woman, right? Then I realized that though those things are indeed important, they are temporary -- everything in life is temporary -- in the grand scheme of things. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/31/14)
Aries: You can sneak up on the new year and give it a goose, but it might honk your horn in return. Best to slide up on it gently and feed it some dry bread unless you want to walk funny until spring. Taurus: If someone has you by the horns, relax. There are far worse places to grab, and those will get yanked this weekend. Just pray they don't have cold hands...
The Natural Way: Adjust your supplements (12/31/14)
No one knows what flu strain will be strongest this year so being vaccinated may be helpful for some and not others. For sure, right now is the time to begin adjusting your supplements and herbals. It's time to ramp up the amount of Vitamin D you take daily in anticipation of winter. I personally take 6,000 iu/day. This is good to do to keep respiratory diseases at bay. When colds start to show up, flu won't be far away; so here is a primer on natural care for these predictable nasties...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/24/14)
Aries: Every time you turn over a new leaf, there's some mold or a weird-looking frog underneath. Quit raking up the past, and just accept yourself for who you are, warts and all. Except that big, slimy one. You should get that checked. Taurus: The best gift you can give yourself is compassion and patience. They will serve you well while trying to return that sparking shower massager your mother-in-law gave you...
The Natural Way: Think globally, act locally (12/24/14)
Think globally, act locally. We've all heard this slogan a million times and intuitively understand the wisdom but struggle with how to implement it in a way which has meaning. Certainly, with the immense events of the last year, we all have had a lesson on the broad interconnections of a global community. ...
Citizen Forum (12/24/14)
Sounding off on Republican policies Editor: You published a letter in your Dec. 18 edition that was a remarkable, pseudo-intellectual attempt to define bigotry, while at the same time was a prime example of bigotry. It is not much of a logical argument to quote Wikipedia or attempt to explore the word's origins. This waste of ink and space covers up a bigoted attack on those who point out the inhumaneness of Republican policies...
FROM THE EDITOR: Honoring Laura: Court reform, not elitism, needed for Carroll County (12/24/14)
Laura Aceves' three children won't be celebrating Christmas with their mother -- again. Instead, Aceves' mother, Laura Ponce, who has been caring for her grandchildren since her daughter's murder on New Year's Eve 2012, continues to fight for reform of the Carroll County judicial system...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/18/14)
Aries: Life is passing you by only because it's in better shape than you are. You could do some cardio to catch up or just wait by the jogging path with a softball bat. Life moves a lot slower when it has to ice its knee every hour. Taurus: Whenever you feel alone, remember that you have 57 followers on Twitter. Odds are at least one of them is a real person, but the others are spambots trying to sell you naughty videos and real estate...
Citizen Forum (12/18/14)
Cooperation makes festival a success EDITOR: Sometimes the stars align, the weather cooperates and months of planning work out. That is exactly the case for last Saturday's events downtown and the whole of the EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival. One merchant commented that they had happy kids munching on marshmallow snowmen while their parents happily shopped along Main Street...
FROM THE EDITOR: Peering through the torture matrix: What the press missed (12/18/14)
As I combed through the Senate Intelligence Committee's just-released report on the CIA's enhanced interrogation and detention programs, my boyfriend, who served as a Navy Corpsman, sat next to me. Though we do not talk about his experiences, I saw right away this is a sensitive issue for not just him, but for all of our troops, and for those of us who were directly involved in helping them in some way...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/11/14)
Aries: Your guilt squishes you down like a bacon press into a hot pan. Make amends for your wrongheadedness before you start to pop and sizzle in a pool of fat and regret. Taurus: You want to be a better person, if only it didn't take so much actual work. Give a cheer if you have the energy, because a shortcut to sainthood will pop up on Friday. Take it and you'll be someone's hero of the day...
The Natural Way: Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (12/11/14)
An ad on television sells a prostate medicine to a group of aging good buddies. They are having a heckuva good time driving to a fly fishing camp. None have to stop on the road at the nearest Texaco station due to a "growing problem, not a going problem" as they use this new prescribed drug. ...
Citizen Forum (12/11/14)
Silver Tea time for tigers Editor: On behalf of the Episcopal Church women of St. James, I want to sing the praises of everyone who helped to make this year's Silver Tea simply spectacular! First, our heartfelt thanks go to Elise Roenigk, whose partnership and generous support makes this a truly iconic event for the City of Eureka Springs. ...
FROM THE EDITOR: Citizens United ... against fluoride (12/11/14)
Over the past two weeks, I have received calls, emails and letters from many of you who adamantly oppose the mandated fluoridation of water in the Carroll-Boone Water District, and subsequently, Eureka Springs. I am new to the issue and at first was unsure about why exactly a whole community that tends to disagree on most things could unite to fight against fluoridation of its water. ...
The Natural Way: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (12/03/14)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common ailments among younger adults. Though, often thought of as an older person's problem those in their twenties and thirties suffer as well. Some people include other digestive ailments such as colitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease in the overall category of IBS but technically Irritable Bowel doesn't have either the level of internal inflammation nor the severity of symptoms as these. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/03/14)
Aries: You're convinced that no good deed goes unpunished. If you're lucky, though, karma will wear that little leather number while she oils up the paddle. Looks like you're lining up a whole string of charitable acts. Taurus: Opportunity doesn't always knock. Sometimes it slips a note under the bathroom door. Be prepared to grab your pants and run toward your chance at the big time. You can always buy new underwear later...
Citizen Forum (12/03/14)
Editor: (This letter is in reaction to an opinion by a professor at the University of Texas who wrote defending keeping wild animals in captivity. He opined that as long as the wild animals were provided with adequate conditions, that captivity was not inherently detrimental)...
FROM THE EDITOR: Without darkness there is no light (12/03/14)
Creed's Scott Stapp had a meltdown that went viral on YouTube last week. The flurry of comments from the public ranged from "he's crazy" to "he's in pain." It got me thinking. I began thinking about my mom, who passed away four years ago today. And I thought about the source of Stapp's heavy lyrics that I've used so many times for inspiration...
Citizen Forum (11/26/14)
Editor: This is in response to George Macy's recent letter. Regarding the 8.2% drop in revenue in September, it comes after 9.1% and 12.7% increases the prior two months and an 18% increase we had in March. Cherry-picking one low month is not a fair way to judge the CAPC...
FROM THE EDITOR: America, and the meaning of liberty (11/26/14)
Last week, President Obama announced a much-anticipated series of executive actions intended to "crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons but not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes so they can remain in the U.S. temporarily without fear of deportation."...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/19/14)
Aries: You're ready to spread your wings and fly, if only you could quit shaking your tailfeathers for five minutes. Let people bask in your glorious plumage for one more round and get up to some sky-soaring business. Taurus: The plan you've cooked up to make your family get along will fail. The good news? It goes so hilariously wrong that you'll sell the rights and your half-witted scheme becomes a huge Disney movie...
The Natural Way: Resisting antibiotics (11/19/14)
I couldn't help but be amazed at the number of health-related articles in the large daily newspaper. A large portion of news articles were dedicated to the medical community's concerns about bacterial resistance to prescription drugs. An almost equal amount of column space was dedicated to saying how vaccines are a viable solution to drug resistance if only people would submit to that line of thinking. ...
Citizen Forum (11/19/14)
Editor: The City Advertising and Promotion Commission has reported an alarming decline in tax revenues, a drop of 8.2 percent for September 2014 as compared to September 2013. It is clearer than ever that it is time to clean house at CAPC. Charles Ragsdell, Chairman of CAPC, and Mike Maloney, its Executive Director, have demonstrated repeatedly that they are not up to the task of promoting the town and attracting visitors. ...