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Quarterback Queue

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Amber Kruth (TheKruthTalks@gmail.com)

Ryan Mallett, the junior quarterback for the Razorbacks, declared that he will be vying for a spot in the next NFL draft. Only three credits away from graduation, it is a peak time for this seasoned college quarterback to take on the next level of his career. Mallett says he will finish his final class online to receive a degree from the University of Arkansas.

With much speculation about a 2011 NFL lockout, it’s also likely a wise decision for Mallett to get in the league and get a contract before the mess of reorganization begins. Good luck, Ryan. You’ve given us your everything, and we have watched you mature, gaining the respect of your teammates, coaches and fans. With the incoming freshman quarterback Brandon Allen from Fayetteville High and returning sophmore Tyler Wilson of Greenland — who I was most impressed with this year — we can expect the Petrino Hogs to stake dominance on the field once again next year.

Wakarusa 2011

My Morning Jacket is one of several legacy bands that will be headlining Wakarusa 2011. Scheduled for June 2-5 on Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, advance tickets are still available, starting at $69 for a Saturday only pass, up to a $15,995 “Wak-Star” Tour Bus Package. Other notable bands that will be playing are Ben Harper, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Mumford & Sons, Ghostland Observatory, Galactic, North Mississippi Allstars, Dirtfoot, Moutain Sprout, Split Lip Rayfield, Family Groove Company, The Ben Miller Band and many, many more. Visit www.wakarusa.com/2011

for the full lineup and ticket information.

Spay Day

Spay Arkansas, a nonprofit organization that provides low cost spay and neutering to decrease euthanasia in shelters, is expected to open its doors at 1909 W. Huntsville Road in Springdale on Feb. 1.

Health Is Elementary

Owl Creek Elementary in Fayetteville and Jones Elementary in Springdale are two of nine schools in the state that will receive revenue from the state’s tobacco excise tax to fund a wellness center. The schools receiving the funding have great freedom and local control over determining how the money will best suit the district.

For each location, about $175,000 per year for three years, will go towards a clinic that can provide primary care, health education, mental and dental care to highlight a few areas. Only students of Owl Creek and Jones, along with their families will benefit in the first year of the program, but both schools hope to expand their care to all citizens of the area. The districts are expected to find funding themselves after the third year.

The Kruth Talks Thoughts

Health care is a deep and riveting topic, especially lately. A search engine pulls up 189 million web results in .12 seconds, if you needed some concrete evidence that this topic is hot. (In comparison, The Beatles only gets 75.5 million).

That being said I’m putting forth a disclaimer. I’m not an expert on the subject. I don’t have the answer, and to be honest, I don’t think there is an answer found yet, by anyone. But I declare, we must start looking at this fundamental practice to make preventative and maintenance care available and affordable. I’m not asking for a handout, but it wouldn’t hurt if everyone, in the medical field and not, started by holding a helping hand out to another.

Start with knowledge, share with others, care for others and practice good health, hygiene and mental capacities. The last especially is overlooked, but in today’s society things are often too complex and emotionally overwhelming for one to handle solo. We need to recognize the many faces of health care and open our mind to more sensible, cost-effective and beneficial methods of helping people and ourselves.

Amber Kruth (TheKruthTalks@gmail.com) provides a local perspective on news briefs from around Northwest Arkansas — tidbits that make you think and keep you informed.

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