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Editorial: Site-specific tax figures should remain private

March 4, 2013

We agree with the Benton Advertising and Promotion Commission’s decision to withhold specific tax receipts in its monthly reporting process. Information related to specific sales from individual restaurants, as well as information related to occupancy rates and room rates of specific hotels, is private and should remain that way.

We the People: Florida columnist takes issue with who's to blame

March 4, 2013

By Clark Hopper

Recently, I found an excellent article written by Charlie Reese, a journalist for the Orlando Sentinel. He had been a journalist for 49 years and this was his last column before he retired.
The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican nor democrat. It defines clearly, who must assume responsibility for the judgments made that affect each one of us every day.

Common Sense: Cruising Military Road was very cool.

March 4, 2013

By Brent Davis, editor

Reading the news of the 35th reunion of the Benton class of 1978 was interesting. It prompted strolls down memory lane as we found pictures of the class for our Scrapbook feature each day leading up to the Saturday gathering. It is hard to believe a generation has grown up in the time since.
I started thinking of how the years have changed not only our appearance, but the customs and rituals of youth.

Sense and Nonsense: Hacker's work is done in wee, small hours of morning

March 4, 2013

by Lynda Hollenbeck

If any of you received a weird email from me about a week ago, please forgive me. I am the innocent.
To explain: I was the victim of a hacking incident.
If I were smarter and more technically savvy, I might understand what really happened. And, more importantly, I might understand how and why.
As things stand, with the tiny measure of technology I possess, this means I'll never get these answers unless the perpetrator confesses either to me or someone else who feels duty-bound to enlighten me. I won't hold my breath.

Common Sense: Who wants to live to be 200 years old?

February 26, 2013

By Brent Davis

A news report came across my television screen recently. The headline was “72 is the new 30.” The premise of the report was that with all the advances in health care, housing, clean water supplies and the availability of food, human beings are living longer lives.
The next question should be, “But do you really want to live to be 200 years old?”
My answer would be, “Only if everyone else does, too.” Here’s why.

The many incarnations of our favorite tales

February 26, 2013

By Jennifer Joyner

I vividly remember watching Disney's "Cinderella" when I was 5 years old and then attempting to recreate scenes from the movie in my bedroom. There was one particular part that stood out to me, and that was when Cinderella cleaned her room. To me, even while she was completing the mundane task of making her bed, she was the epitome of grace and beauty. She sang and danced, and as she shook out the sheets, they sort of floated up and landed perfectly in place. 

Sense and Nonsense: Pantyhose, it's about time for a fashion comeback

February 25, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

I'll never forget the first time I wore pantyhose. I felt as if I had been freed from bondage.
This new style evolved from the infamous garter belt used to secure individual stockings or, even before that, garters to hold up the leg coverings.
Pantyhose were the new frontier. Women were ecstatic, and I was the leader of the pack.
I don't recall when all of this occurred, but I do remember the joy with which I embraced the contemporary legwear. And now a lot of women shun them for the barelegged look, which, I'm told, they believe to be more attractive.

A random sampling of observation

February 25, 2013

By Steve Boggs

It has been an eventful week here in Saline County. We can’t seem to shake a stubborn winter, the Benton boys and girls basketball teams are on historic marches toward the state playoffs, and real progress is being made on the worthwhile Saline Crossing Regional Park effort.
It is also worth pointing out that Wednesday’s edition of the Courier was 100 percent local. It was our first in a while, but certainly won’t be our last. The newsroom’s efforts to drive more local content into our pages are paying off, and our readers will certainly see that moving forward.

Common Sense: Easy like Sunday morning

February 25, 2013

By Brent Davis

Sunday is a day of rest. It’s the last day of the weekend. According to the Bible, it’s the day that God took time off from his creation and it was good.
It’s a day of worship, relaxation, recharging, family and friends. By its very nature, Sunday is different than the other days of the week.
So, shouldn’t your newspaper be different on Sunday also? The answer is … yes.
During the coming weeks, watch for changes in the Sunday edition of the Saline Courier. A few of the changes are already in place today.

COMMON SENSE: It's hard to visualize $16,000,000,000,000, just ask your uncle

February 24, 2013

By Brent Davis, editor of The Saline Courier

At 10:30 a.m. yesterday, my debt was $52,504. By the time you read this, the amount will grow second by second … and there is nothing I can do to stop it.
The $52,504 represents my share of the national debt which was $16,538,350,597,830. Visit the website www.usdebtclock.org, but do so at your own peril. The site is full of information, but the most disturbing part of the site is watching the U.S. national debt grow by hundreds of thousands of dollars before your very eyes.

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