Yesterday, I celebrated another year on this planet. Despite the years seeming to fly by in measurements of time that grow shorter and shorter, I can honestly say I've never felt better. I count myself lucky.
What I'm about to say has the potential to incite controversy. Because of this, I have kept my opinion on this subject to myself for the most part, only telling those closest to me. But now, I think I'm equipped to handle any backlash and am ready to admit it in public.Â
I don't think the McRib sandwich is that great â€¦ In fact, to me, it's kind of gross.Â
From what I've heard, this is a very unpopular stance, but I just can't help it.
We agree with the Benton Advertising and Promotion Commissionâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.
A news report came across my television screen recently. The headline was â€ś72 is the new 30.â€ť 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, â€śBut do you really want to live to be 200 years old?â€ť
My answer would be, â€śOnly if everyone else does, too.â€ť Hereâ€™s why.
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.Â
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.
It has been an eventful week here in Saline County. We canâ€™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 Wednesdayâ€™s edition of the Courier was 100 percent local. It was our first in a while, but certainly wonâ€™t be our last. The newsroomâ€™s efforts to drive more local content into our pages are paying off, and our readers will certainly see that moving forward.