• Why we’re no longer No. 1

    Last week World Bank economists predicted that China would soon displace the United States as the world’s largest economy. The fact that this one-time economic basket case is now positioned to surpass the U.S. is one more sign of the damage done to American prosperity …

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  • Your trash, my spring yard work

    After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, a few crocuses were already in bloom and the daffodils were starting to poke up. Then I looked toward the road. The melted snow had revealed …

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  • Smartphone addiction is not so smart

    Get this: People are becoming addicted to their smartphones.  According to a report from Flurry Analytics, says The Washington Post’s Style Blog, the average mobile consumer checks his phone 150 times a day. A “mobile addict” is defined as someone who launches apps more than …

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  • Glasswipes: There’s an app for that

    A tsunami of tech is engulfing our nation, and in the process, redecorating communities like a family of grizzly bears locked in a Volkswagen van. A family of obscenely paid bespectacled grizzly bears with a taste for artisanal toast. Remember back in high school when …

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  • Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry now site of state park

    The Red River Campaign in spring 1864 initially aimed to take Shreveport, but instead of marching triumphantly to victory, Gen. Frederick Steele and his troops were running for their lives, fending off Confederate forces and worsening flood conditions across the area. The month-old Camden Expedition …

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  • Civil War letters home

    From John Chitwood, joined Company H at the beginning of the war, served under Jesse Newton Cypert’s “Searcy Greys” 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles, CSA, before the 1862 conscriptions and reorganization merging companies placing him under Albert Sydney Johnston’s commanders. ——— May 25th, 1863 in Camps …

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  • Nip it in the bud

    I’m sure by now most of you have heard about the three central Arkansas students who were arrested recently for “sexting.” If you haven’t, I’m surprised because not only has it been in every news outlet across our state, but it’s also been reported by …

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  • Is heaven for real? Illuminating the Christian debate

    The movie “Heaven Is for Real,” based on The New York Times bestseller of the same name, made an impressive debut earlier this month. The film recounts the near-death experience (NDE) of then 4-year-old Colton Burpo as told by his father, a Nebraska pastor. While …

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  • Getting too clean

    How many times a day do I reach over and hit the squirt top of an antibacterial and rub down my hands? As I think on this practice, I wonder sometimes how I ever survived my childhood. How did any of us? We didn’t have …

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  • Children don’t need the state to protect them from Photoshop

    Well, give Miss Representation credit. The inescapable “It’s for the children!” is right there in their petition’s name: Join Our Family To Stop Advertising Hurting Our Kids; Support the Truth In Advertising Act. The proposed bill would require the Federal Trade Commission to regulate advertisers’ …

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  • Where the buffalo once roamed

    Two of the great untold stories of Arkansas are about the great hardwood forests that once covered the delta, between the hills and the Mississippi River. And, how the Ozarks were only partly covered with trees and the remaining land was covered with tall prairie …

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  • Time to get tough on India stealing our stuff

    Quite simply, from pharmaceuticals to motion pictures to software, India is stealing our stuff. India ranks dead last among major economies in protection of intellectual property rights, according to a comprehensive analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And despite lots of talk and visits …

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