The heat hangs on. Someone commented earlier in the week that we may not get rid of summer until December. It has been hot all right, but overall we have had a fairly mild summer here in 2013. Lack of rain has become more of a factor than the mercury readings as we go into mid-September.
Out of the gate. A novelist could not have created a more thrilling beginning than the Hendrix Warrior football team did for itself in reopening play with a 46-44 victory over Westminster. Nine more games remain for Hendrix this season, and the road could become bumpy. Still, there is that bedrock of a great launching.
Don’t despair yet. Razorback fans, the really optimistic of them, saw expectations of a 51-7 or so romp over lower class Samford become just 31-21 in reality. Arkansas’ play was not so bad, but fire in the belly may have been absent. And let’s give Samford some credit. This Arkansas team remains very much a work in progress.
Could it be the heat? This may be one for the record books — the 107-year-old Pine Bluff man who died in a shootout with police. Apparently the fellow brought it on himself. Maybe he just couldn’t stand the thought of more sitting around and telling stories to great- and great-great-grandkids.
His priorities. Some fellow in Jacksonville shoplifted a car full of clothes and ran off. But he forgot something — his two children. How many of us have felt the urge at one time or another to get rid of a young-un? But seriously, this man ought to lose the privilege of being a father, at least until he proves himself fit for everyday responsibilities.
Action is needed. Arkansas teachers are upset that their medical insurance cost is skyrocketing — up 50 percent or so. Legislators are extremely concerned also, and there is talk of a special session to address the issue. If teacher health insurance is jumping this much, what is in store for those of us enrolled in other plans?
“We’ve received 2,400 emails on Syria, and only 19 of those have supported military action. The rest of those were all in opposition.”
— Patrick Creamer, spokesman for
U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark).