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  1. Letter to the editor for April 27 – May 1

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    April 26, 2012 by Jeff Winkler

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    Below is Larry Woodall’s letter he send to Walton Arts Center after it announced that Ted Nugent would be performing in the summer First let me say a big thank you to WAC for its presence in NWA. I’ve enjoyed numerous concerts and art shows at your Dickson St location since your opening and plan to continue. I write you to register a complaint about your choice to support Ted Nugent for the AMP appearance in NWA on June 10, 2012. Ted Nugent is blatantly and vulgarly a partisan political entertainer. On stage he has called for SoS Hillary Clinton to “suck on this you bitch” as he waves an assault rifle in the air. Recently his remarks likened the President of the United States to coyote in one’s living room that needs to be shot. Today comes this revelation that Nugent’s comments have been scrubbed from the National Rifle Association’s website: “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent told a crowd at the [NRA] convention. That comment piqued the interest of the Secret Service, who’ll be meeting with Nugent Thursday. Link is here …

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  2. Everybody Likes a Quitter

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    April 26, 2012 by Annie McCormick

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    Seriously, I’ve been wanting to quit smoking.  For years now.  I’ve been one of those off-and-on smokers since I was a teenager.  I would quit when I was pregnant and stay quit for years at a time.  Once I had such a bad Tequila hangover that I quit cold turkey with no problem because the thought of cigarettes made me puke.  My main problem is that I get psychotic when I try to quit.  One of my daughters actually told me to have a cigarette when I was losing it. So, why do I keep smoking even though I hate it?  Because I’m addicted to nicotine.  Cigarettes are the only thing I know of that are horrible for your health, stink, are highly addictive and completely legal.  They are sold using fraudulent marketing practices and target a young audience hoping for lifelong customers.  Cigarette companies make billions of dollars yearly, minus the kickbacks to legislators. I would like to see cigarette tax dollars go towards nicotine recovery centers, much like the recovery centers available for heroin, crack and meth users.  A legal addiction is still an addiction so why not?  Well, because the industry would go broke if nobody smoked …

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  3. Fatal Tick Diseases of Dogs and Cats in NW Arkansas

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    April 26, 2012 by Linda Ford

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    I’m sure it’s obvious by now to everyone who ventures outdoors that the ticks are already bad this year. And every year about this time I write about the fatal tick diseases we have to deal with in our neck of the woods-literally. People think the ticks are so bad because the winter was short. The real reason they seem to get worse every year is the fact that the practice of burning the under brush every spring has fallen by the wayside. Sure, they do a few controlled burns here and there every year but nothing like was done in the past-the way past. I’m afraid if we get into real drought conditions like hit Texas, this whole countyside is going to go up in flames. That might be good for lowering the tick populations but I doubt if losing houses to forest fire is worth the trade off. By far, the worst tick disease we have here is the cat one that has a parasitic relationship with bobcats but is fatal to domestic cats. It is caused by the protozoon called  Cytauxzoon felis. The organism is related to another Cytauxzoon organism found in ungulates in Africa. It was …

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  4. Keeping the Rain Where It Falls

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    April 26, 2012 by Steve Winkler

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    About a dozen folks descended on West Fork’s Heritage Gardens adjacent to the recycle center Wednesday afternoon to install the town’s first rain garden. Volunteers came from Farmington, Baldwin, Fayetteville and West Fork, representing several organizations including the Washington County Master Gardeners, Illinois River Watershed Partnership and Beaver Water District. The gathering was a chance for hands on training in the installation of rain gardens which help protect our water supply from stormwater, the number one pollutant of our nation’s waterways. The volunteers planted drought resistant native plants in a slightly dug out and bermed garden. Rain gardens allow storm runoff to infiltrate into the earth which means surplus runoff caused by impervious surfaces is reduced. Also plants and soil bacteria treat pollutants that the runoff has picked up as it flows across pavements or heavily fertilized lawns according to information provided by the Rain Garden Project of Beaver Water District. Most existing rain gardens in our area serve as demonstration projects located in public parks in Fayetteville. The concept hasn’t gone unnoticed by area builders, particularly by those “building Green.” Clint Penzo of Penzo Custom Homes visited the West Fork garden site to learn more about excavation. “I plan …

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  5. Out and About in Observerland

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    April 24, 2012 by wcobserver

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  6. PSAs for week of April 25 — May 1

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    April 23, 2012 by wcobserver

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    CLEAN UP DAY Fall Creek Cemetery at Strickler will have a cleanup day on April 28. Anyone wishing to help should be at the Cemetery by 8 a.m. A business meeting will follow. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at Arvest Bank to the “Fall Creek Cemetery Account at Strickler AR.” For more information call Virginia at 479-442-4596. PROTEST MARCH War on Women March Saturday, April 28, at 11 a.m – 1 p.m. Start in Front of the Walton Arts Center on Dickson, march to Block street, and end at Fa yetteville Square. Event page on Facebook SELL IT The semiannual Yard Sale along Highway 71 from Greenland to Alma will be held May 3-5. Don’t miss it. CODE YELLOW Last week the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks issued a CODE YELLOW ALERT for O NEGATIVE BLOOD TYPE. If you are able to help them right away you may contact them at 479-718-7642 or 1-800-2880-5337. If you can’t make a donation right away, then we hope you will come make a donation on Friday, May 4. The City of Fayetteville is hosting two Bloodmobile locations as follows on Friday, May 4: Drake Field Airport, 4500 S. School Ave. …

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  7. For Bobwhites and Buses

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    April 23, 2012 by Joseph C. Neal

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    Everywhere I go in northwest Arkansas giving bird programs people ask me about birds they used to see here, but don’t see now very often. Lots of the old-timers remember bobwhite quail, that pleasant, whistled BOB WHITE! So do I. My answer to such questions is usually the same: it’s about habitat. Like people, birds have specific needs. If the habitat needs aren’t met, it’s . . . well . . . bye bye birdie. Washington County voters have an opportunity on May 22 that speaks to part of this issue. Birds won’t be on the ballot, but the question considered can help. The ballot involves one penny tax on each four dollars spent, with pennies and dollars set aside to support and expand local transportation for all the people — I’ll just say buses for short. More buses and more ways and places to ride them ultimately translates into fewer cars and less habitat destruction. During the past 40 odd years I’ve had chances to vote on vexing issues involving sales taxes. I have usually favored lower taxes and so I’ve voted against many taxes. But expanding towns and cities have reduced quality habitat for all kinds of plants …

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