• About Town

    This week, About Town stayed close to home and traveled around the world from the comfort of the seats at Independence Hall, the auditorium at UACCB. This past Tuesday night, we had the opportunity to attend the West Magnet spring dance performance. West Magnet is …

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  • Galileo and climate change deniers

    Future historians will rightly compare the climate change deniers of the 21st century to the science-hating reactionaries who jailed Galileo in the 17th century. But at least the truthers of yore had an excuse, because science was a fairly new concept. Our deniers have no …

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  • Bugging out: Protect kids this summer

    It’s tick season. And mosquito season. And chigger season. Is there any bug that isn’t causing us trouble these days? If we’re soaking up the summer sun, we’re also easy targets for all sorts of disease-carrying insects. Parents wonder what they should do to protect …

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  • Working on garden of my dreams

    Spring is finally here and I for one am thrilled. While I’m not a fan of tornado season, I absolutely despise the winter months. There is nothing about ice, sleet or snow that appeals to me, not even during the Christmas holiday. The only way …

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  • Neutrality nuts won’t be happy till government controls Internet

    Angry liberals are set to descend on the Federal Communications Commission to disgrace themselves by shouting down the proceedings. The lead group involved, Free Press, has sent out an invitation asking people to bring “pots, pans or whatever else you can bang on so the …

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  • On rudeness and incivility

    What do you mean Americans have gotten ruder?” “Poll after poll has been showing it in recent years. More than 70 percent of the respondents questioned in an Associated Press poll believe people are ruder than they were 20 or 30 years ago.” “Why would …

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  • Two states going in opposite directions on Hispanics

    It’s the kind of headline we used to see in Texas: The Florida Senate just passed the DREAM Act. Texas used to teach Republicans how to court Hispanic voters, but things have gotten so far out of control here that Texas is now making Florida …

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  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Lunch with Mr. Walters

    Not so long ago I located the one person in the world I was searching for — my seventh- and eighth-grade English teacher, Mr. Ted Walters, the man who taught me how to write and think, and thereby launched my professional career.  Now, during Teacher …

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  • About Town

    It’s been a few weeks since my last column. I hope you all have been out and about enjoying the great weather we’ve been having. After this past winter, the warm days have certainly felt good. About Town took a little road trip this weekend. …

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  • 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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