Favorite

Smart Talk, Dec. 6 

A town that will live in infamy

Retirees continue to move to Arkansas, so we won't let ourselves be upset by a report in the December issue of Funny Times that purports to identify the good and bad towns for retirement in America. The report is based solely on nomenclature, and it does not list the names of the states, but it includes a number of town names familiar to Arkansans. On the “don't go there” list are Gassville, Grubbs, Blue Ball, Bald Knob, Flippin, Toad Suck, Weiner, Yellville “and the infamous Nimrod.”

Only a couple of Arkansas names are on the “do go there” list — Romance and Hardy.

Get on the (green) bus!

While the rest of us are engrossed in the ongoing soap opera known as “Days of Our Nutt,” there are some intrepid souls toiling away on the things that really matter, like saving the planet. The members of the Chemistry Club at Parkview High School are, for example, raising money for an ambitious project to make a school bus run on old cooking oil and solar power.

Chemistry Club president Kundan Das, 17, said the plan is to purchase a diesel powered bus and install a kit that will allow it to run on strained grease from the Parkview cafeteria kitchen. Solar panels will be mounted on the roof to power incidental electricals, and the bus will be stripped and re-painted using environmentally friendly chemicals and methods. Once the project is done, Das and his fellow eco-nauts hope to see the bus put into service as transport for Parkview's clubs, band and choir whenever they need to hit the road.

So far, Das said they've raised around $1,400 toward a projected $5,000 goal. Donations – both money and material — are being accepted from individuals and corporate sponsors whose names and logos will be displayed on the bus. They hope to have the project completed by mid-February.

“I think once one school does it, maybe another school will be interested in doing it,” Das said. “The people involved in the project… they'll think about going green themselves once they own a house or a buy car. We're just raising awareness and getting the information to each person who is working with us on this project. That'll get it into their families and future generations after that.”

For more information or to donate to the project, call: 447-2414.

Birds to watch out for

The National Audubon Society released last week its 2007 WatchList of threatened bird species. The boom in land development and industrial agriculture has so robbed birds of places to breed, feed and rest that now, Audubon says, 59 species that occur on the North American continent are spiraling into population declines and another 119 are in big trouble.

Of those species on Audubon's “red” list of globally threatened birds are 12 that either migrate through or breed in Arkansas. They include a duck (Mottled), two rails (Yellow and Black), three shorebirds (Piping Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Least Tern), two woodpeckers (Red-cockaded and Ivory-billed, though some [not the Arkansas Times] would argue that the latter is extinct), a vireo (Bell's), a warbler (Golden-winged) and two sparrows (Bachman's and Henslow's). Another 30 in Arkansas are on the “yellow” list of declining or rare species.

Audubon is not proposing that people throw up their hands or beat their breasts. Instead, it suggests that we work to preserve and restore local habitat, including wetlands; fight logging and mining in sensitive areas; support federal conservation programs, and promote sound policies that acknowledge the importance of the natural world to our own species' survival. We could, at least, keep the “yellow” species off the “red” list.

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Fritz Brantley

  • He talks, and talks, the talk

    A fellow posted an old newspaper article on his blog about a Mike Huckabee speech to a religious group in 1998. A friend faxed the article to me, then called to ask if I’d yet read it, which I had.
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • The incredible shrinking Huckabee

    Plus: COPS!
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • Going whole hog

    A Q&A with irreverent Arkansas-raised comedian Matt Besser
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • More »

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

  • World leaders set to meet in Little Rock on resource access and sustainable development

    Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
  • Tomb to table: a Christmas feast offered by the residents of Mount Holly and other folk

    Plus, recipes from the Times staff.
  • Fake news

    So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
  • Reality TV prez

    There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.
  • Arkansas archeologist does his job, is asked to leave

    Amid Department of Arkansas Heritage project.

Latest in Smart Talk

  • Better than Texas

    Arkansas's tax system is slightly more friendly to the poorest people, but only slightly.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • Small-school champions

    Two Arkansas congressmen are among the 14 sponsors of a bill that would "correct" a provision of the federal school-funding formula they say favors large school districts over small districts.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • Bipartisan race

    The rise of Republicanism in Arkansas has brought a rare two-party race to the state Senate in Southeast Arkansas, traditionally a Democratic stronghold.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans

Event Calendar

« »

December

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation