• How’s that War on Poverty working out?

    After 50 years and $20 trillion, grand plan to eradicate poverty in the U.S. is a failure. In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson stood before Congress for the annual State of the Union address and declared a “War on Poverty.” Johnson had a plan …

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  • Former Indian reservation was site of Civil War battle

    This past weekend, descendants of the Harris brothers who first settled “Harris Bottoms” in the 1820s congregated to honor their ancestors. The second of the Stone County Driving Tour markers was installed as part of the reunion, located at the junction of 5, 9 and …

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  • Founding of UAMS is fascinating story

    In the 1870s, medicine was in a miserable state in Arkansas. Few doctors were available and the remote locations of many farmsteads and small towns made it difficult for doctors to reach patients. Worse still, there were no means to train new doctors in Arkansas. …

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  • A quest for good food

    After uprooting my little family and moving from the city back to a small town, I went into a little bit of shock when I went grocery shopping in the local markets. Years of study have led me to a lifestyle of clean eating, and …

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  • Why customer service reps give terrible customer service

    “No ma’am, you cannot speak to my supervisor. No ma’am, I don’t even have the number for a supervisor. No ma’am, there is nothing you can do to improve this situation. I have total power over you via this phone line, and I am not …

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  • The lost sounds of summer

    Editor’s note: This column is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood.”    I long for the sounds of summer I knew as a kid. In the ’60s and ’70s, you see, most of our …

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  • Recap of another great fair

    Today I want to say “thank you” to the Independence County Fair Board, county officials and certainly the good people of Batesville and all over the area for putting on such a wonderful county fair year after year. You people “get it.” You consistently bring …

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  • End torture — shut down the CIA

    Remember back in April 2007, when then-CIA director George Tenet appeared on “60 Minutes,” angrily telling the program host, “we don’t torture people”? Remember a few months later, in October, President George W. Bush saying, “this government does not torture people”? We knew then it …

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  • Kids seeking asylum, find antipathy

    I might be the only syndicated columnist in the country who was raised by the state. So when lawmakers and public pontificators discuss the welfare of unaccompanied minors who’ve been dropped on our proverbial doorstep, I should probably speak up. I was a ward of …

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  • Teenagers not working doesn’t work for America

    Here’s a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs — down from 75 percent of teens a generation ago. As it …

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  • Domestic violence and equality for the sexes

    As usual, all I have to do in order to come up with something to write about in an opinion column is to read a few of the news stories floating around out there. This week? It’s lawsuits, the NFL, and idiots on television (not …

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  • The interesting career of Judge Edward Cross

    A man of insight, drive and integrity, Edward Cross looked to serve and build the young state of Arkansas, as a lawyer, judge and businessman. Cross became one of the most respected minds that Arkansas leaders looked to in its early, chaotic years. Edward Cross …

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