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Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/17/14)
Aries: Oooh, baby, you must be jelly because jam don't shake like that. Actually, not even Jell-O shakes like that in an earthquake. Maybe you should get that checked out by a specialist or a jazz band. Taurus: Your ship is about to come in, but you'll need a bigger dock to hold it. Get yourself some extra wood, or you'll be stuck with just a little dinghy...
The Natural Way: Anti-aging here in Eureka (04/17/14)
I saw a segment on the news about a clinic in Las Vegas that specializes in anti-aging. At a thousand dollars a week you can get access to powerful prescribed drugs (including potential side effects) just so you can beat the Reaper longer -- maybe. Anti-aging isn't the proper word. We all age, helping the body recuperate and fix itself is the key to looking younger as you get older...
Citizen Forum (04/17/14)
Eureka Springs, you should be ashamed of yourselves!!! I hear complaining and whining about the economy of our town and last week (April 3) the newspapers reported a 15% drop in tourism. On April 4, Harvey and I attended the opening show of the season for the Ozark Mountain Hoedown with Carl Acuff, Jr. ...
GUEST COMMENTARY: What I heard at the UFO Conference (04/17/14)
I didn't attend this year's entire UFO Conference. I've never bought a ticket to attend any of the conferences that have taken place here, in my hometown, over the past 23 years. Once, I went to see what the UFO Conference looked like; I visited on Sunday afternoon to see what the vendors were offering before they closed up and headed home. I could have sworn that day that I looked into the eyes of few aliens...
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/10/14)
Aries: You need some "me" time, but even you don't want to be with you right now. Do something that requires no soul-searching or self-reflection, like politics or hosting a talk show. That will give you some space from yourself. Taurus: Every snowflake is different, but that doesn't mean it's beautiful. So-called perfection is high maintenance, so spend some time with the weird and goofy-looking snowflakes. They're more fun, and they don't stare into the mirror as much...
The Natural Way: A good answer for allergies (04/10/14)
Can one supplement taken daily reduce the number of allergies as well as intensity? Maybe so, according to experience and science. With the pollen count high and likely to get higher you need to know about Pycnogenol. A high quality extract has so many uses and practical benefits that I'm finding it difficult put together an organized column on this remarkable supplement. ...
Citizen Forum (04/10/14)
I am not opposed to trails that skirt the outer areas of our town. I am opposed to trails going through private properties in our residential area. Our streets, roads and sidewalks serve well our tourist, visitors, and locals as trails that you can bike, walk, scooter, motor or motorcycle through our residence. They give a wonderful glimpse of our historic district homes, gardens and life. They are maintained and form a barrier to our property...
EDITORIAL: Editor apologizes, explains how mistake happened; clarifies meeting (04/09/14)
If you don't read anything else in this issue, please at least know this: I am terribly sorry for making such an egregious and inadvertent error in last week's edition in the article about visitors to Eureka Springs decreasing in 2013. I'm mortified, embarrassed and even discouraged by my own imperfections that influenced this mistake...
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/03/14)
Aries: Some days your inner child leads you to unbelievable joy. On Thursday, it has a dirty diaper and encourages you to find a gas mask. Deal with the mess and try not to barf in the wicker trash basket. Taurus: Quit looking for silver linings in clouds. That's just the universe's way of saying "Thank you for playing" and giving you a year's worth of Rice-A-Roni. Hold out on Friday for the big prize...
The Natural Way: The good deeds of Saw Palmetto (04/03/14)
When I was a kid tromping around the Everglades I was careful to step around the Saw Palmetto plant. It wasn't for the reason of protecting the hardy plant which is in the palm family but because the Diamondback Rattlesnake would often wrap itself under the low fronds and be very difficult to see. Little did I know then the benefit those odd looking berries that the Saw Palmetto produced...
GUEST COMMENTARY: RatPack Bikers Blog kicks off season (04/03/14)
Editor's note: The following commentary is written by our resident Lovely County Citizen motorcycle enthusiast and "biker blogger" Kevin Ratkovich. You can follow his weekly blog at www.Lovely Citizen.com/ratpackbikers. Welcome back to the RatPack Bikers' Blog -- a blog for motorcycle riders and enthusiasts who want to keep tabs on biker-focused and biker-friendly events going on in the Eureka Springs region...
Citizen Forum (04/03/14)
The group Northwest Open Carry is gone from Eureka Springs, but not the people who are members of the group, nor the people who believe in their Constitutional right to bear arms. I am one of them. There are many more like me who live in Carroll County and in fact, all over the nation as well. Judging by the overall reception by shop owners, restaurants, and workers, you who oppose us and our rights are far outnumbered. That is not meant to be a threat by any means...
EDITORIAL: We've got to stop the tourism bleeding (04/03/14)
Eureka Springs is failing -- failing to successfully grow our tourism industry; failing to efficiently and effectively reach the millions of would-be visitors all within a day's drive of our city; failing to reach our potential. Why do we believe we are failing to grow or even to sufficiently support our own biggest industry? Read the report on Page 7 of this edition. ...
EDITORIAL: A prominent church takes a big step (03/27/14)
A prominent church in Eureka Springs is taking a big step toward inclusion of the LGBT community in its congregation. We think it's an extremely admirable -- though surely difficult -- decision to have made, and we applaud any congregation that openly takes a stand on the side of God's love and against hate, judgmentalism and discrimination...
Wisecrack Zodiac (03/27/14)
Aries: You're always looking for the next big thing and not sweating the small stuff. Quit expecting Fort Knox to land in your lap and pay attention to the little shiny bits passing you by. Your good fortune pops up one nugget at a time. Taurus: Sometimes bad things happen, but you don't need a flashing neon sign to warn you. That Bull sensibility means you're prepared for anything, even zombie weasels with weed-whackers...
The Natural Way: Help for some female issues (03/27/14)
What do body builders and women with endometriosis have in common? For that matter, what is similar between people who wish to lose weight without losing muscle and those with breast cancer? Finally, what commonality is there between loss of bone density and prostate troubles both benign or malignant?...
Citizen Forum (03/27/14)
Roger Johnson was my martial arts instructor from about 1972 until 1975. In turn, I gave him his first lessons on the violin. I remember him with great respect, and we spent many happy afternoons working out and playing music. The Rodrigo Guitar Concerto, second movement, "Days of Future Past" (Moody Blues), Samuel Barber's "Adagio" and Brahm's Requiem Mass were our some of Roger's and my musical favorites when we worked together in the '70s...
Citizen Forum (03/20/14)
It seems in these difficult times that the fine line between "fighting terrorism" and "terrorism" itself can be sometimes unclear. So to aid in telling the two apart, I've created this handy chart, so that we will know when to waive our flag in support of "necessity", or when to waive our flag and send in troops to remove the "terrorist government officers" and lawfully install a Democratic government...
Letters to the Editor (03/20/14)
I guess I should not be surprised that the audiences at our "Movie Night at the High School" have not been as big as anticipated. There are so many choices that everyone has these days it would seem that one more choice would not stand a chance. I would at least like to try and appeal to some people out there who may really not be doing much on the nights when we do present a movie at the high school...
Wisecrack Zodiac (03/13/14)
Aries: You may see yourself as the badass V8 engine under the hood, but you're more like the banana in the tailpipe. You still make an impact it's just hilarious instead of heart-pounding. Taurus: You have the wings of a falcon, the heart of an eagle and the thighs of a chicken. When you soar to impossible heights you may want to stay there, because if you land, you may be seen as very, very tasty. Avoid older men in bolo ties with bags of spices...
The Natural Way: Spring cleaning for your body (03/13/14)
Spring can't get here soon enough, it is time to open the windows, dust the corners and air out the house... a Spring-cleaning. For the health minded an internal cleanse is front and center as we step into the newest growth spurt of the year. I like a fast/cleanse, which I call the Desert Morning Cleanse or Master Cleanse. ...
Citizen Forum (03/13/14)
As I read the recent Citizen Editorial, "Who will take a stand to protect us?", I couldn't keep from responding: The editorial points to the amazingly swift action by Missouri lawmakers to protect their citizen's interests, while Arkansas lawmakers ignore the pleas of its citizens, or at best pay lip service. ...
GUEST COMMENTARY: Time to get serious about tourism (03/13/14)
A shocking report that has turned the lights on the failure of the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission's efforts in the last 20 years has been written and published by Kristal Kuykendall, editor of the Lovely County Citizen, in its Feb. 27, 2014, edition...
Wisecrack Zodiac (03/12/14)
Aries: For you, a day without love is like a day without a rain of frogs. Watch your lips on Wednesday, though. One kiss could turn you into a hopeless, ribbeting romantic. Taurus: You know what's in your heart, and it's not just plaque from a lifetime of Big Macs and fries. Jog toward what you know is right. At least you'll get some exercise...
The Natural Way: The type of fat you really need (03/12/14)
I was talking with my friend, Richard, at our Farmer's Market last week about his locally raised and grass fed livestock mostly beef. Feeding the cows high quality, antibiotic free feed while giving them ample opportunity to graze at will and when available providing plenty of grass produces a superior tasting and more healthfull meat. Beyond the truth of your taste buds: science documents this...
Citizen Forum (03/06/14)
A friend just called me to say she had gone to a wonderful rejuvenation week in San Diego. She gushed on about her week of fresh air walks in Old Town and the natural environment of the area, her massage/spa therapies at her lodging, her advanced yoga class, her seminar on spirituality for living in these trying times, and some delicious locally sourced food. It was thrilling to hear her talk about her body, mind, and spirit rejuvenation. What joy to experience renewal in these stressful times!...
GUEST COMMENTARY: Decline in tourism is happening (03/06/14)
First, I would like to thank the Citizen for the straightforward article addressing the decline in tourism, or more accurately, the decline in revenue due to a decline in tourist spending. Hopefully, the CAPC has gotten the message: Packing the town with day-trippers and noisy bikers is bad for business...
Wisecrack Zodiac (02/27/14)
Aries: Sometimes people in glass houses shouldn't throw Windex around. On Friday you'll see something you can't unsee, but it will make you paranoid enough to buy some extra thick curtains. Taurus: If you knew then what you know now, you'd probably make the same mistakes. Chalk it up to listening to what's in your underwear rather than what's under your hat. Goodness knows, they both get aired out just as often...
The Natural Way: When to take supplements (02/27/14)
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, therapeutic levels of a nutritional supplement may be needed for wellbeing that just can't be gotten by eating good food. Choosing the right supplement and the right amount is the key to, perhaps, avoiding synthetic medicine...
Citizen Forum (02/27/14)
AEP/SWEPCO, leave us alone. When I first learned of the Shipe Road to Kings River power line proposal, I began researching how these 345 KV lines were used. I learned that the State of Maine regards their 345 kV power lines as their interstate highway system for the distribution of electric power, and that the power lines they use to export excess power to Canada are 345 kV lines, just like they want to build here...
GUEST COMMENTARY: An open plea to our elected officials (02/27/14)
Dear honorable elected officials of the great state of Arkansas: It cannot be conveyed in this single letter the displeasure and disappointment of learning that none of our state representatives -- specifically in Carroll and Benton counties -- did or have written any bills to block SWEPCO's continued efforts to destroy precious and treasured Ozark lands for the erection of hideous, dangerous, and, most importantly, unnecessary 345 kV transmission lines...
Wisecrack Zodiac (02/20/14)
Aries: On Tuesday, you discover you've brought a water pistol to the knifefight. Make it work for you by loading that baby with ghost chili hot sauce. You'll make them scream or ask for chips, but either way, you win. Taurus: You've heard that love is a many-splendored thing, but you're sure they meant "splintered" instead. Something your sweetie does is sticking in your craw, and not in a good way. Air your differences and wash your undies, and everything will be good again...
The Natural Way: The truth about Goldenseal (02/20/14)
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) has been around for a long time and in some circles has a near legendary reputation. There certainly are tried and true benefits from the use of this herb but the legend may or may not be true. Modern science knows the herb to be a rich source of vitamins and minerals as well as chemical compounds. ...
Citizen Forum (02/20/14)
Thanks to all who came out recently to hear Tom Aley's talk on karst topography and why all those who live in the Ozarks need to understand how very porous and fragile the ground can be, and how vulnerable our water systems are to contamination from a variety of sources. A big thank you to the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks for donating the use of a meeting room in the Convention Center for Mr. Aley's presentation...
GUEST COMMENTARY: Civil Rights Act, movement leaders were agents of change, equality (02/20/14)
Fifty years ago, Congress passed what has been called one of the most important laws of the 20th century. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended the era of legal segregation in public places like hotels and restaurants. It was a historic moment of progress that marked dramatic change in our nation. But we know that, even though we no longer live with the blatant discrimination of the past, our work is still not complete...
Wisecrack Zodiac (02/13/14)
Aries: Your ability to make mountains out of molehills means you're invited to all the cool landscaping parties, but it leaves things rocky at home. Put away the shovel before someone hits you with it. Taurus: If someone throws a wrench into your plans, you have a good idea which monkey did it. If you confront them face to face, you might get a little poo flung at you but you'll take away the rest of his toolbox...
The Natural Way: How to eat well, stave off cancer (02/13/14)
Here is a gift of eating well, to help with an all to common sickness. I know at this time of the year when I'm remembering those important to me I also remember those who are or have struggled with cancer. Cancer scares all of us. For sure, it is a dreaded word and disease. ...
Citizen Forum (02/13/14)
Thank you to whomever shoveled the sidewalk I would like to publicly thank the good Samaritan, whomever that may be, who took the time, care and consideration to shovel the sidewalk along Planer Hill. From someone who walks all over town, I sure do appreciate it. Thank you!...
EDITORIAL: Who will take a stand to protect us? (02/13/14)
Missouri House Bill 1622, "for the immediate preservation of the public health, welfare, peace and safety," was introduced in the Legislature by Missouri State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick just a few days after Arkansas Public Service Commission Administrative Law Judge Connie Griffin approved SWEPCO's proposed Route 109. ...
Citizen Forum (02/05/14)
There are good Samaritans in Eureka Springs! On Sunday, Feb. 2, when the storm closed in rather quickly, I was having great difficulty driving down Planer Hill. A young man came to assist my distressful situation. He drove my car to a safe area, down the hill, and then dropped me off, as requested, at the nearest motel. ...
EDITORIAL: Winter: When Nature says 'Up yours' (02/05/14)
Exhausted as we all are by the punishment we've been getting from Old Man Winter, we decided to tool around online on a few reference sites and see what the influential voices of the present and past have had to say about the coldest season of the year. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/30/14)
Aries: You're in a town where everyone knows your name. That's great for camaraderie, not so fine when you win the lottery. You are due for a score, although it's likely to be a free dinner instead of the Powerball jackpot. Taurus: On Wednesday, you glide along with all the grace of a unicycle with a flat tire. Find someone who can pump your ego along with a few other body parts, and you'll appreciate the bumps...
The Natural Way: Lots of good uses for coconut oil (01/30/14)
We know to read the media reporting very carefully and use healthy skepticism on just about any topic. No where is this more true than on nutritional supplements and dietary products. We know better but remember, when we all believed coconut oil caused harm to our body?...
Citizen Forum (01/30/14)
Thank you for doing a survey asking people their opinion on the APSC recommendation to approve the SWEPCO line Route 109. Geester's comment "There is nothing we can do, it is all about progress," reminded me of an experiment with monkeys. Five monkeys are locked in a cage, a banana was hung from the ceiling and a ladder was placed right underneath it. ...
EDITORIAL: Why bullying is dangerous for our kids (01/30/14)
In the past week, three members of Eureka Springs High School's basketball team were dismissed from the team for the rest of the season for bullying a girl in school. (For more on this story, read this week's Carroll County News Sports sections.) Though the details of the case remain unclear because school officials will not release any information, we were both shocked and disappointed that campus leaders -- and student-athletes ARE campus leaders, whether they like it or not -- were participating in such dangerous behavior.. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/23/14)
Aries: Instead of climbing the ladder to success, you're stuck on the pogo stick of getting by. Quit bouncing from check to check and get yourself a footstool. It may not take you far, but it's a first step. Taurus: Forget three; lately, just one has been a crowd. You've spent far too much time with yourself. Do something fun to get out of your own head. It probably needs a good airing, anyway...
The Natural Way: Calm your mind with Ashwagandha (01/23/14)
Ash Wanda sounds like the name of a far distant country discovered by British Imperialists of a few centuries ago. It may sound that way but Ashwagandha (the g and the h is silent) is a very well used Ayurvedic herb dating back thousands of years. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the three major types of medicine worldwide. ...
Citizen Forum (01/23/14)
SWEPCO is not wanted in Missouri. The ARMO project is dead in the water. This is what would need to happen in order to build the 345 kV transmission line: SWEPCO must apply for and be granted utility status in MO. SWEPCO must get its application for a 345 kV line and Route 109 approved in MO...
EDITORIAL: Transmission line to claim Ozarks' beauty (01/23/14)
Last Friday, Administrative Law Judge Connie Griffin ruled in favor of SWEPCO's application for a 345 kV transmission line from the Shipe Road station in Centerton to the proposed 345 kV Kings River station in Berryville, to the disappointment of numerous residents who have questioned the need for this line and opposed this project from the start...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/16/14)
Aries: People say each day is a new day, but you're pretty sure you've seen Wednesday before. Look for some scuffing around 5 p.m. and a threadbare noon hour. It may be the same old, same old, but at least you're recycling. Taurus: You're clinging to that New Year's resolution like it's the mast of a sinking ship. Even the rats are in a lifeboat and eating pizza again. Keep doing those chin-ups and you'll swim past them like a champion...