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Monday, October 31, 2011

Northwest Arkansas Times and the high cost of death

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Wow.

Talk about a death tax.

Businesses have a right to make money - actually, they have a moral imperative to, not just for their stockholders, but for the folks who work for them. So it might seem a little mean-spirited of me to poke at the Northwest Arkansas Times, when they are just trying to inject some obviously much needed revenue into their operation.

But obituaries? Really?

The NWA has been running a notice in recent days of the change that will occur this week in their obituary policy, which will allow the first 50 words of any obit to be free of charge, with a 30 cent charge per word in Washington or Benton County, and 45 cents a word if you want your obit printed in editions that will appear in both counties. Oh, and a ten dollar fee for a photograph in the obit.

Yes, Militant Reader, it looks like I got out of bed on the wrong side this morning, and just want something to carp about, but consider this if you will:

Though that’s still not gonna break the bank for most people, it might come close to it for a family of - well, modest means. A family that still loves the person who has passed on, and wants to share that with folks.

Pretend your Mom has just died, and you’d like something a little better than a boiler-plate obit to run. Oh, yeah, and you didn’t work 40 hours this week, and your kid is sick, and your insurance sucks.

Tell me about your Mom in 50 words or less. Tell me about her passions, what she loved in life, and the volunteer work she did.

And I’m counting those words.

Prominent folks, of course, will have newspaper articles written about them when they pass on, as well as their obituaries.

But the folks who live among us who are doing that delicate balancing act between which utility they could do without for a few days, or have just been laid off, but love Dad, Mom, or their children with so much passion that that they’d like to share their feelings not only with the world, but with the friends of the deceased - well, I guess they could put a notice on the bulletin board at the place they do they do their laundry.

No word on if it will be extra if the picture is carried in more than one county.

And it’s true, I like obituaries. I’m sorry for the families of who have passed on, but sometimes I appreciate the writing that goes into a good one, when I think, “I would have liked to have known this guy.”

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Hank Williams Jr. and revisionist history

Has anyone else noticed that whenever someone writes about the Hank Williams Jr. incident on Fox and Friends they always seem to sort of edit out the most interesting part of what he said?

The Hitler crack was just stupid. But that’s the sort of thing we expect from people whose “knowledge” of history comes from . . . - oh, I don’t know. Do you?

But Williams also referred to Obama as “the enemy,” and it’s sort of fascinating that nobody wants to go anywhere near that, when they go on and on about the scourge of “political correctness.”

I think that for most people, political correctness simply means that we don’t use racial, religious or sexual epithets in our speech.

Ah, well, I guess those who sneer at political correctness get to define it, unless liberals are more forceful about it.

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Herman Cain supporters and the old-fashioned concept of staying informed (or at least mastering the English language)

I don't usually respond in public to those who post on my blog, but the kind Herman Cain supporters who got so excited that they all rushed to their key boards over the past few days deserve some response.

In my last blog, I wrote:

On Meet the Press, Cain was asked why so many folks had not taken to his 9-9-9 (the phone number for emergency services in Britain) tax plan.

Simple. Lots of people are stupid.

Yes, Comrade Cain said that there was a lot of stupidity in the world, and that's why more people hadn't flocked to his tax plan.

Deep, deep sigh.

Nobody was calling the Cainites stupid, though they certainly are a jolly lot.

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