Lowered image. The United States is the greatest nation on the planet, blemishes and all. But can’t you imagine what the rest of the world thinks of this ridiculous federal shutdown? How can we possibly hope to tell others how to run their affairs when we cannot manage ours? The blame lies with Congress and nowhere else.
Feeling good. No matter when it arrives, there is something appealing about putting on long sleeve shirts and light jackets or sweaters when the weather cools sufficiently. Goodbye, triple digit days and even mid-90 days. But we would like to see frost and freezing quite a ways in the future, not anytime soon.
Time is short. We were nearby a few days ago when a person was injured in a fall. A 911 call was made, a fellow with first aid training stepped forth, and a business had a first aid kit on hand. In three minutes, a Conway fire truck arrived, and a minute after that, an ambulance pulled up. The victim of the fall was in good hands.
Never ever do this. We did a doubletake driving south on Washington Avenue behind that red sedan. A school bus stopped, red lights flashing, and its stop sign swung wide. The red car did not slow. It speeded up. Thankfully the bus driver kept the door shut for a few seconds. And we were chagrined at not getting a license number.
It’s just a myth. We hate to rain on people’s parades, but the hot Internet topic of “the name for a group of baboons is a congress.” This may seem fitting, but it is not true according to several respected encyclopedias. A group of baboons is a troop. But a group of owls is called a parliament. Are we missing something?
Whitetail worries. OK, deer hunters. Your big event is still on schedule. There is no change in Arkansas deer season schedules, according to the Game and Fish Commission except federal wildlife refuges will not be open. National forests are open to hunting. Boat ramps and campgrounds within federal recreation areas are closed.
“In death (John F. Kennedy) became for all the rest of us … the symbol of the eternal future, the symbol of what we always have to become and that America was always going to be, a country on the move, always becoming, always redefining itself.”
— Former President Bill Clinton at the 50th anniversary of Greers Ferry Dam.