Above average. How about this weather? We are well into August, and grass is green. Flowers are blooming. Vegetables are growing. But we are not out of the woods, meaning hot and dry spells, yet. A good omen is that chances of prolonged drought are diminishing, and the likelihood of triple digit temperatures are dropping.
Flirting with peril. Those three Conway kids who went into a Walmart wearing “furry masks” came close to disaster. They made it back out to the parking lot and at least two removed the masks before police grabbed them. It could have turned out much worse. Pranks so often are not funny in the end.
Try it near home. Much shopping for the close-at-hand school term has been done. Some folks are scrambling for assorted items thought to be essential. Our thought before taking off for stores in another locale — all right, Little Rock — is to figure cost of travel into the price tag. The two or three or four dollars you may save will be offset and then some.
Like a skyrocket. Will you look at Tom Cotton? It wasn’t much over a year ago that he first burst onto the Arkansas political scene. He won a congressional seat, immediately made national waves and now is going for the Senate. Like him or despise him, you have to admit the young fellow from Dardanelle has soared rapidly.
Not the right time. We promise — no Texas Aggie jokes for the moment, and no trashing of Johnny Football for the moment. Let whatever investigations are in order take place concerning this Manziel whiz kid. If he has violated rules, punish him. If not, let him play, and this certainly could spell trouble for the Razorbacks this fall as it did last fall.
Ruining the game. Our attitude toward the suspensions of major league baseball players for drug use is harsh. Get them out of the game. America’s pastime does not need them. Kids coming up in Little League don’t need them for examples or for icons. And don’t try to tell us that it is today’s society, that “everybody does it.”
“I think they (ExxonMobil) have had some pretty cold-hearted policy positions, and they’ve had some pretty unpleasant public relations stumbles. But I cannot at this point say that they have not been cooperative with our requests for them to produce information.”
— Dustin McDanielArkansas attorney general