Cheers, Jeers and a Quote

Get ‘er done. Before you are complexly caught up in the holiday swirl, take care of the Christmas Card. That’s the Log Cabin’s highly popular annual project that benefits school children in need. For a dollar each, you list the names of family, friends, pets — anyone — to appear in the newspaper around Christmas. This is certainly money well spent.


Some special trees. Right up there with the Christmas Card is the Conway Optimist Club’s Angel Tree. This provides toys at Christmas to children who otherwise wouldn’t get them. Pick a name with wants off trees at Conway Regional Medical Center, the Log Cabin Democrat or First Security Bank.

Just too much. Shopping undoubtedly is not among our accomplished skills. We have trouble grasping these special days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday. Is Wacko Wednesday soon to come? “On sale” we can understand, but losing sleep and getting into pushing and shoving over an item that seems to be popular is not in our playbook.

The autopsy. The 2012 Razorback 4-8 football season was a disaster in most opinions. Some causes: 1. Hogs rated too high at the start. 2. Offense did not develop. 3. Defense did not develop. 4. Injuries and suspensions. In spite of everything, we remain fans of quarterback Tyler Wilson. Face it, he played without adequate protection.

Coulda, shoulda, woulda. The Razorbacks played an admirable game in the season closer, losing 20-13 to an LSU team that was much more than seven points stronger. Several mistakes, including one by a mouthy coach, probably kept Arkansas from winning this one. The overall effort was nice to see.

Here we go again. Tops among the unpleasant things in this holiday time is all the hoopla about the “fiscal cliff.” At the heart of the Republican-Democratic head butting is the scheduled expiration of the Bush tax cuts. Democrats want to continue the cuts for the middle class but not for the really rich folks. Republicans disagree. And we have to listen to the noise.

“Donors will probably never meet their ‘angels,’ but I hope they know there are parents out there who are grateful for helping their children have a better Christmas.”

— Cynthia Crabb, chairman of the

Conway Optimist Club’s Angel Tree project.


(DOWN) A wasted young life. We are extremely saddened by the Jersey Bridgman case. She’s the 6-year-old Bentonville girl who was first chained to a dresser by her father and stepmother, both now in prison, then was murdered by someone else. Child abuse of any type is disgusting, revolting, uncalled for. Rest in peace, Jersey.