Thumbs: Health care, FBI raid, farm bill

Sold and re-sold. If you wonder about some of those robo-phone calls, a likely source is the availability of lists of citizens and their numbers. There seemingly is no way to take yourself off these lists, even with the Do Not Call enrollment. Irritating, yes. The easiest treatment is just to hang up when you hear the recorded message begin.


Sign of the times. Several people have commented about footwear for current weather. “Do we go out in insulated boots or flip-flops?” This is Arkansas, and this is the end of January in an Arkansas winter. Sure, good readers, it could be better. But remember some times in the past. It could be a lot worse.

Severe symptom. Here’s a local example of this health care situation. A senior citizen and adult daughter got flu shots. The daughter paid $28 on the spot, and the senior’s inoculation was billed to Medicare. Several weeks later, the Medicare report was received. Flu shot? $55.

Rocky beginning. In a recent seventh grade girls basketball game, Wonderview led Guy-Perkins at halftime by 51-0. The final score was 72-10. Yes, the game was one-sided and discouraging to the young Guy girls, but they can build on the experience. And they probably will, knowing the rich Guy basketball tradition.

An Arkansas ‘first.’ The FBI raided John Rogers’ photo business in North Little Rock, with details lacking at this point. The 10-year-old company has 170 million images, most from purchases of newspaper files, and Rogers sells reprints. He started as a sports-memorabilia collector and now has more photos than anyone else in the world.

Slight step forward. Congress appears moving ahead with the 2014 Farm Bill, a major bone of contention for reasons having little to do with agriculture. The House of Representatives version trims food stamps slightly but not the major slash that Republicans had sought. This is one more blot on the already besmirched image of Washington.

“(Obama’s speech) was heavy on rhetoric, but light on specifics … I had hoped he would strike a more bipartisan tone because, if recent history shows anything, red versus blue is dead end politics.”

— Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor