Remember when? Mayflower was under a water boil order this week after a major pipe broke. Those things happen. Oldtimers and not-so-old folks can recall the unpleasant days of Mayflower water before the pipeline from Greers Ferry Lake came to town. The water of old was so bad you didn’t drink it, wash dishes in it, bathe in it. Times have improved greatly.
Be a citizen. Voter registration is open now for the upcoming Nov. 6 general election. Unless we are felons, none of us has any excuse for not registering to vote and very little excuse for not voting. Just do it. It doesn’t cost anything, and if you do not vote, then you don’t have a legitimate excuse for griping about those to get elected to office.
Set a priority. No, UCA Faculty Senate, retrogressing to NCAA Division II is not the answer for the lack of faculty pay raises. Division I status in athletics is a major asset now. What is sorely needed is for the president and board of trustees to put pay raises on the front burner. Leaks like buyouts of Thompson, Hardin and Meadors are plugged now, aren’t they?
Wrecking ball. None of us foresaw the Razorback football collapse. It hurts to go from national contender to national laughingstock. The pre-season questions of offensive line, defensive line and defensive backfield have been answered — all negatively. Seven games remain, and there can still be some victories. No bowls, though.
Personal decisions. Most of us receive unsolicited mail with trinkets of some sort and asking for donations. Are we justified in keeping and using these small items? The organizations sending them would not do so if it were not beneficial to them. And we now have a supply of address stickers to last us through the year 2053.
Perennial problem. Once again we have news that the U.S. Postal Service is billions, yes, that starts with a B, in the red. What’s the answer? One is massive subsidizing at the federal level. Eliminating Saturday mail delivery may help but just a little. Raising first class stamps to 50 cents will bring protests but not from this corner. Mail costs more in most other nations.
Unwelcome visitors. The robo phone calls are increasing, at least at our home, and we’ve still got the presidential election to go. What has become of the do not call barrier? It worked well for a while, but now the unwanted calls are increasing. Our suspicious nature is that loopholes to get around the unwanted call list have been discovered and utilized.