• No offense, but …

    The latest mudslinging to hit the political races last week was the racist email forwarded eight years ago by one candidate. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not claiming to be a supporter but when choosing candidates, this sure doesn’t weigh up there on the …

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  • Local performances sure to entertain all

    My oldest daughter texted me and told me she had tickets for the Crescent Circus and she wanted me to tag along. My first reaction was that I really don’t care for circuses. I feel sorry for the animals, clowns really freak me out and …

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  • Gimme a second shot at ‘15 minutes of fame’

    According to an old saying, everyone will have 15 minutes of fame sometime in their life. When I was in high school, I hoped, with luck, to find mine in football. Our high school offensive line coach was a great man, but he had a …

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  • Colored troops, corn needed in battle 150 years ago

    One hundred fifty years ago, Confederate Gen. Sterling Price had many Union commanders on their toes, nervously anticipating Price’s next move in north Arkansas and Missouri. As the Union garrisons across the state were suffering low troop levels already, a hasty dispatch was sent from …

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  • Volunteering has merits – Lessons from boss’ point of view

    Most people do what their boss asks, but only a select few figure out what their boss really needs. My dad, an ex-Navy vet, who went on to a successful career in banking, once told me, “I learned early on that seeing things from my …

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  • What United States needs is more independent contractors

    If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar. Maybe I better explain. In addition to writing this weekly column, I provide professional copywriting services to a variety of organizations. If they like my work, they give me more and I prosper. If …

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  • Meet the Comedy Central Press

    In what has been a season of jaw-dropping news, the largest bombshell seems like it was ripped from the pages of Mad Magazine. First, the terrorist group ISIS has now unquestionably emerged as a territory-gobbling group offering the same kind of brutal, merciless murder of …

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  • It’s time to politicize Ebola

    “Politicize” is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. “The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis,” says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize …

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  • Pine Bluff man influenced film technology

    America started a new love affair as the 20th century dawned. The affair took place in darkened rooms filled with strangers and a flickering light and made millions laugh and cry and fall in love over and over again. It was the motion picture. And …

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  • Nylon hose: Celebrating a 75-year ‘run’

    A garment that has elicited a lot of wolf whistles is turning 75 years old. Nylon stockings were sold for the first time on a trial basis in a Wilmington, Delaware department store on Oct. 27, 1939. The original purchasers of those hose can remember …

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  • For better or worse: Marriage and murder, March 1921

    Over the last year I’ve received several questions from descendants on all sides of this murder, which occurred on March 5, 1921 in the north part of Stone County. I’d kind of let it go to the bottom of the pile until recently when a …

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  • Leave zoo cats alone

    I’ve written several columns before expressing my opinion on the sanity of people who risk their lives to save the life of an animal. While I adore my pets and understand the connection folks have with four-footed members of their family, I still believe the …

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