• 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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  • From Ireland to Izard County: John Maloy and early Sylamore

    Can you imagine being a young boy in Ireland in the early 1800s? Surviving the potato famine and with little hope of the future, John Maloy, born in Tyrone, Ireland, in 1805, boarded a merchant ship in 1832 leaving behind family and friends, the life …

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  • T-minus 28 months and counting

    Bust out the gin and tonics because this is shaping up to be one heck of a long hot summer, both weather-wise and politics-wise. All over the world, hostilities are flaring like out of control wildfires. While here at home, it’s the words that have …

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  • Reading Rainbow soaring free

    The extraordinary success of Reading Rainbow’s Kickstarter campaign — with a record-breaking hundred thousand donors chipping in over $5 million for distributing Reading Rainbow‘s literacy material as widely as possible to children, particularly those in greatest financial need — demonstrates how crowdfunding may shape up …

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  • We can’t leave these men behind

    The situation on Texas’ southern border is not the only refugee crisis facing the United States. Thousands of Afghan interpreters who need to get out before the Taliban kills them for collaborating with U.S. troops are stuck over there because the State Department has run …

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  • About Town

    If I mention the county fair, what’s the first thing you think of? Is it the lights of the midway on a hot summer night? Maybe it’s the smell of the animals in the barn getting ready for their yearly show. Perhaps it’s the vendors …

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  • Debtors’ prisons: Not a thing of the past

    In this recession era of shrinking budgets and more than 100 years after the U.S. Supreme Court abolished debtors’ prisons, you might be surprised to learn that several states are still carrying on the practice of throwing people in prison who are too poor to …

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  • Catholic charities taking money from Obama to help illegal aliens

    During the 2012 presidential election, Republicans thought they found a sure path to victory. While it was obvious that long-coveted Hispanics weren’t going to budge, a different group (which an overwhelming majority of Hispanics belong) showed promise. Gallup found that America’s Roman Catholic vote has …

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  • A change of heart

    Isaac’s family had been brutally murdered by the Germans, and he had joined the war with revenge in his heart. But after Berlin fell to the Allies, he found some compassion for a starving 4-year-old German girl who tried to steal his food. The old …

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  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for Yarnell’s Ice Cream

    Summer in Arkansas means long, hot days and starry nights. It is a time for kids staying up late chasing fireflies in their back yards and jumping into puddles of water to beat the heat. It also means ice cream. And in Arkansas, the Yarnell’s …

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