• Please don’t judge

    Facebook and Twitter have their places, and sometimes social media is very helpful to this writer. I can use it to get opinions, ideas and sources. But it can also be a great source of frustration when people post things out of ignorance.  Made-up stories …

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  • Jamestown and the infamous (and not so famous) ‘James boys’

    Jamestown is one of those little communities that if you blink your eyes, you’re through it. About eight miles southwest of Batesville, it sits at the bases of Jamestown Mountain near Jamestown Creek. In the 1840s Daniel James, land speculator, began settling the area. Along …

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  • We shouldn’t punish Africa for buying our exports

    In the 1600s, self-exiled English established the first two European settlements in the New World: Jamestown and Plymouth. One thrived on growing tobacco from ill-gotten Spanish seeds. The other thrived on the freedom to practice their religion. These two seemingly contradicting ideas — religious fervor …

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  • Retirement: A new and different form of work

    Both financial and physical well-being in retirement require foresight and planning. Although far too many people fail to plan their financial resources, perhaps even more people fail to plan how to invest their hours and days once the structure of the work week is removed …

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  • Rev. Al Sharpton gets it ‘right’

    The Rev. Al Sharpton is getting the right kind of grief. This time it’s not from conservatives for being a race hustler who exploits every white-on-black killing to raise money for his civil rights group National Action Network or to boost his miserable ratings on …

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  • Territorial governor steered Arkansas out of wilderness era

    John Pope was the third territorial governor of Arkansas and a man who helped steer Arkansas out of its wilderness era. However, his outspokenness would spark many political fights within the new territory. Pope was born in 1770 on his parents’ farm in northern Virginia, …

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  • We shouldn’t take truck drivers for granted

    Are you ready for long waits, bare store shelves and higher prices? According to the Business Insider website, the trucking industry has a shortage of 30,000 drivers. The American Trucking Association expects the shortage to skyrocket to 239,000 by 2022. The larger trucking firms expect …

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  • Labor Day: A historical perspective

    Labor Day is just around the corner. For most Americans, this means little more than the end of the summer social season. Kids and college students alike return to school, leaving relieved parents to grasp some sense of normalcy. Cookouts flare on and friends get …

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  • Want the cure? Go to bed

    You won’t believe this one. According to agencies such as the American Medical Association and the Center for Disease Control and even according to our very own United States Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the youth of America have a serious health risk. Want to know …

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  • The dirty dozen

    Clean eating has become a way of life for me and my family, and I promote that to others as much as possible. But some people keep telling me that eating clean isn’t possible for them because it’s too expensive or organic produce just isn’t …

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  • What we’ve managed to accomplish in Iraq

    We have been at war with Iraq for 24 years, starting with Operations Desert Shield and Storm in 1990. Shortly after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait that year, the propaganda machine began agitating for a U.S. attack on Iraq. We all remember the appearance before Congress …

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  • Truly transcending Obamacare

    While the dominant Republican slogan on health care remains “repeal and replace,” there is little agreement on what “replace” means. But if we wait until Obamacare can be repealed before developing a consensus on positive health care changes, major parts of Obamacare will be even …

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