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IRS now the target

June 6, 2013

By Steve Boggs

There’s a reason so many people are upset about the latest Internal Revenue Service scandal, and it’s not because some agents targeted conservative groups. It’s because they targeted anybody.
The IRS isn’t supposed to be take sides. Its agents aren’t supposed to care whom you voted for, or how you stand on the issues. Their only reason to exist is to make sure you pay your taxes, and follow federal and state tax codes. Period, end of story.

Get the Point: Singing sheriff an icon to a now old man — me

June 6, 2013

By David Hughes

One of the iconic people in my life is “the singing sheriff,” Joe Lee Richards, but my friendship with him predates his terms in office by many years. Joe Lee was one of the guys who helped usher me into the brotherhood of C.B. radio back in the early ‘60s.
Later, as I was beginning to develop my skills as a news photographer, he would let me ride along with him in his rocket-powered police cruiser and regale me with stories of busting bad guys and making the county’s highways safe.

Mistaken for a Chaamba

June 4, 2013

By Jennifer Joyner

The canopy of lush vegetation surrounding us blocked out most of the sunlight, making it impossible to tell what time of day it was and creating what felt to us like a completely different world.

Sense and Nonsense: Renewing the ties that bind one more time

June 4, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

While folks with ties to Bauxite were renewing old friendships last weekend at the Bauxite Reunion, I was over in Eastern Arkansas picking up pieces of the past at the biannual Cotton Plant Get-together.
As far as I can tell, both events appear to be going strong.

Get the Point: Time has come to harden our schools

May 28, 2013

By David Hughes

One of the earliest memories as a student at East Side Elementary School in Benton (now named for my principal, Angie Grant) was being told how we could protect ourselves in case of an atomic bomb blast. The old “duck and cover” jingle still resounds in my head as well as remembering how we were expected to hunker under our desks and get into a little ball.
Later, we learned in the event of a tornado bearing down on our school we should rush to the hallway and assume the same position, but “hold onto the wall” and we would all be safe.

Sense and Nonsense: William, Emma take the lead in names for 2012

May 28, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

And they named the baby John ... Marsha ... Billy ... Joan ... Henry ... Ellen ...
Whatever moniker is chosen, it sets the tone for the rest of the child's life. And unless drastic measures are taken, it's as permanent as the color of one's eyes.
Some people love their names; others hate them. Most parents put some thought into the naming process, but I have to wonder sometimes whatever could they have been thinking when I come across something that surely has caused the kid grief throughout a lifetime.

Sense and Nonsense: Eleanor had it right all along about housework

May 20, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck, senior editor

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is credited with having this to say about housework: "Personally, I never devote more than 15 minutes a day to it."
I consider the statement a mark of her intelligence and am surprised that she actually would have spent even that much time on such menial activity.
Few people choose housework as a form of recreation. One notable exception would have been my late mother who in her prime could get absolutely exhilarated anything that0 needed the spit-and-polish treatment.

What’s your day like? On June 7, we want to know

May 20, 2013

By Steve Boggs, publisher

The Saline Courier is planning a special section in June, to be written by you.
A Day In the Life is a unique addition to the Courier’s Sunday edition and will chronicle a typical June day in Saline County through the eyes of our readers. We have selected Friday, June 7, to essentially watch, learn, listen and chronicle the comings and goings of Saline County.

Shelby Says: Is Snapchat harmless or hurtful

May 15, 2013

By Shelby Woodall

The photo-sharing phenomenon that is sweeping smart phones across the nation allows users to share a photo that will essentially "self-destruct" in a given amount of time, only to disappear from the electronic world forever.
Or does it?
Snapchat is a photo-sharing app that allows you to take a picture, send that picture to another Snapchat user and after a certain amount of time chosen by the sender, the photo is deleted and the receiver can no longer see the photo.

Common Sense: Remembering mom

May 15, 2013

By Brent Davis, editor of The Saline Courier

A gentle smile and a friendly "My, me! Come see me!" Eyes that invited you to sit a spell. A soul lit from within that shared its glow with all who came into contact with it. A heart as big as all outdoors. A love of people that drew no distinction between family or friend. A faith that never waivered or doubted.
A wife. A sister. An aunt. A mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Words fail to adequately describe my mother, Roberta Davis.

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