• Watch out for these two stupid time sucks

    When is it OK to interrupt someone who is sharing information that you don’t need? I recently had the agonizing experience of waiting through a monologue from a chirpy AT&T customer rep who wasted 30 seconds of my time describing how pleased she was to …

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  • The right way to kill a man

    The government of Oklahoma did not botch an execution last week. When the administration of an untested combination of drugs fails, we do not describe the treatment as “botched,” but simply as a failed experiment. On April 29, the government of Oklahoma conducted an unsuccessful …

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  • Some’ll restore your faith

    The F4 tornado that plowed through the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia a week ago Sunday night was more than a mile wide, stayed on the ground for more than 40 miles and left a path of utter devastation in its path. Hundreds of people …

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  • Improved warning systems save lives

    With springtime, Arkansans have long looked with trepidation to rising storm clouds or sudden shifts in winds. While Arkansas is considered on the edge of the notorious Tornado Alley, the intensity and fury of these storms have not spared the people of the state. Tornadoes …

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  • Communities rebuild after getting knocked down

    It may not seem like the most appropriate song to sing after a tornado hits your town, shattering buildings and homes, but the 1990’s hit “Tubthumping” immediately comes to mind: “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You ain’t ever gonna keep me …

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  • How to end slavery in the U.S. *Spoiler: Decriminalize prostitution

    Americans have warmed up to the idea of marijuana being legal. Most polls now report more than 50 percent voters think pot should be legal if not decriminalized. And with good reason: More than half (52 percent) of drug arrests are for marijuana. This is …

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  • 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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