If you want a really good look at the town of Benton, I suggest you go to the Big Red just off exit 114 and buy some gas. Thatâ€™s what I did and I am telling you, the view is fantastic.
As I stood there filling the tank, I could see all the way up Interstate 30 into the city limits. The tops of the trees put down a carpet of green from one side of the horizon to the other. The steeple of the First United Methodist Church pointed skyward and right next to it, the Saline County Courthouse could be seen.
President Obamaâ€™s health care reform effort plan had some good things in it, and some bad things in it. Weâ€™re already seeing the good parts of it â€“ like the elimination of waiting periods and lifetime benefit caps â€“ and itâ€™s making a profound difference at street level.
Finding humor in situations that arenâ€™t necessarily meant to induce laughter often times will bring forth heartfelt chuckles. This is not a task easily mastered. An individual must first possess a sense of humor slightly off center.
It is a skill that can be nurtured, but is most effective when it is gifted by heredity.
I do my best to hone this skill, but it is a work in progress. There have been several instances lately where practice has resulted in at least a giggle for me.
Most of the time my memory is pretty good. Both long-term and short-term â€” if I concentrate on whatever it is I'm trying to recall.
There are exceptions, of course. One such incident occurred recently when, for whatever reason, I was trying unsuccessfully to remember a deceased pet's name.
In my mind's eye was a vivid image of the gorgeous, smoky grey feline of enormous proportions. He had beautiful eyes and the sweetest countenance. He was affectionate and a cat whose company I enjoyed immensely.
But for the life of me, I couldn't say his name.
As Americans, we can no longer stand by and ignore the fact that Congress continues to attack Social Security, inaccurately identifying it as an entitlement. An entitlement is defined as a government program targeting a particular section of the population to receive a specific social benefit.
By Lynda Hollenbeck, senior editor of The Saline Courier
Did she or didn't she? That is the question.
And, of course, I'm making reference to Beyonce's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the inauguration of President Obama.
A huge controversy has erupted since it was revealed â€” perhaps that's too strong a word, so I'll rephrase â€” since it was implied that the singer was lip-syncing in her performance on Inauguration Day.
Some have come to her defense with the arguments that the weather was cold and it's difficult to sing well in an outdoor setting in the first place.
Who is to blame for our $16 trillion national debt? Thatâ€™s easy, I am. So are you. So are our neighbors, friends, family members and community leaders. We, the taxpayers, allowed this reckless fiscal spending to get so far out of hand.
How many ways does federal spending touch your life? Whether it is through Social Security and Medicare, or a new stretch of I-30 asphalt, federal funding affects us all in some way or another.
One of the perks of being the editor of a small town newspaper is seeing what goes on behind the scenes of everyday life. There are voices out there that would have you believe the county is full of nothing but dirty politicians, meth addicts and shoplifters. Saline County is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. However, from the view of one who is privileged to see residents at their best every day, I say those who think poorly of our community have a very skewed perception of humanity.
To be a criminal, by definition, is to be a lawbreaker. If a murderer breaks only one law in the commission of his felony, he is to the same degree a criminal as the man or woman who breaks 100 laws committing the murder.
To a rational lawmaker, then, the answer is not to make more laws, but to enforce the laws on the books, and to see to it that justice is done when someone breaks the law.
Accusations of bias in reporting are something that every reporter, editor and publisher will face. That's ok. The written word, while often times inspiring and dramatic, has several inherent flaws. As opposed to listening to the spoken word, reading the written word does not contain the intent of the writer which is determined by the filter of the reader.