• Kays’ work led way for ASU’s growth

    Victor C. Kays was born in Illinois in 1882. Through his efforts, the small agricultural school in Jonesboro would grow to become one of the most important universities in Arkansas and across the South. Kays would become the man who would — literally — build …

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  • Few people understand Hanukkah

    The time for America’s other winter holiday has arrived. Most people have heard of Hanukkah, which in America is often seen as another gift-giving, end-of-year celebration to go with Christmas and Kwanzaa. Relatively few truly understand it. Hanukkah isn’t important to Jews as a religious …

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  • Dickens’ Christmas mystery

    For fun Christmas reading this season, I highly recommend John Grisham’s “Skipping Christmas,” or Maeve Binchy’s “This Year It Will Be Different.” For a more thought-provoking read, however, I suggest Charles Dickens’ short story, “A Christmas Tree.” I have often contended that Dickens is at …

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  • Where have all the flowers gone?

    “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming other living beings, we are still savages.” —Thomas Edison     Last week, an 8-year-old boy in Little Rock took a “semi-automatic looking” BB gun to his elementary …

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  • Ye Lorde and Ladye!

    Walking up to a dark entrance Saturday night at the Southside Middle School was a bit of a challenge in my high heels; however, I suppose they didn’t have porch lights back in the 1600s. And that’s where I, along with nearly 300 others, stepped …

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  • Why the story of your job becomes the story of your life

    When someone asks you what you do for a living, how do you answer? And equally, or perhaps even more important, what does your face look like? Compare and contrast these scenarios: Teacher A answers with a heavy sigh, “I teach high school.” Teacher B …

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  • Squatting on the U.S. Flag

    If you believe the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, you might be tempted to conclude that the CIA lied to the press and the public and to Congress about the extent and effectiveness of its torture campaign. And that conclusion would be correct, …

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  • Start off the New Year right — set financial goals

    With the new year about to start, many people begin looking at setting goals they want to achieve in 2015. They might set goals for their health or fitness, for example. It’s important to set financial goals as well. Many people wish their finances would …

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  • I love loosies and the people who sell them

    The cops who ganged up on Eric Garner, got him into a chokehold, and mashed his face into the sidewalk didn’t intend to kill him. They intended only to show him who’s boss on the streets of Staten Island — and show him in a …

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  • Ho, ho, ho, on the Death Star we go …

    My 11-year-old came home from school a few days ago and informed me that some kids on the bus have told her if she doesn’t believe in Santa, she isn’t a Christian. No folks, I’m not kidding. Now I’ve always told my kids they aren’t …

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  • Lights are flickering, and halls are decked

    Flickering lights shimmered in the breeze hanging from trees, light poles, porch eaves and buildings as I drove around my hometown last week. It is such a heartwarming sight to see the efforts made both by our city staff and individual property owners to raise …

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  • Letter to the next generation

    Dear boys, Dad here. I want to tell you about something that happened to me yesterday. A friend of mine at the office, a black woman, asked me to join her at a protest about that unarmed 18-year-old who was shot by that police officer …

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