• Highway system evolved from dirt trails

    When the automobile appeared on the Arkansas scene about 1910 … the state was totally unprepared. A patchwork of thousands of dirt trails, without markings, crisscrossed all 75 counties, all taking courses of least resistance. The early roads were rough and dusty in dry weather …

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  • About Town

    Growing up in and around Batesville, there were two restaurants that my grandmother (mammaw) chose when it was time to eat out. Consequently when I get asked about my favorite steakhouse, I still say Bonanza. I’ll admit that some of that may be nostalgia. Just …

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  • A sinking feeling about Noah

    *Sigh* The whole Noah’s ark experience used to be so simple. Not just in childhood Sunday school, but even in college, when my classmate Mary Beth Heeney produced a short animated Noah film complete with the bouncy 1964 Gale Garnett hit “We’ll Sing In The …

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  • Keep bossy — ban pink ribboning

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s campaign to cheer young girls to participate launched earlier this month. Sandberg claims little boys get called leaders and for the same behavior little girls are branded as bossy. “Together we can encourage girls to lead. Pledge to Ban Bossy,” reads …

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  • On the road again … what were we thinking?

    Time to break out the suitcases again; the Nesler family is going on a four-hour road trip to Branson and trust me, Clark Griswold has nothing on us. You know how women always tell their pregnant friends, “You’ll forget all about the labor pains once …

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  • A living wage is an equal voice

    Take a look at your bills: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family to just get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would your family have …

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  • The POWs of Civil War Col. Freeman

    Col. Thomas Roe Freeman of Missouri was captured at Crane Creek on Feb. 14, 1862. From there he was sent to military prison, Alton, Ill. After swearing an Oath of Loyalty to the Union he was paroled June 18, 1862. Men did this over and …

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  • A case of voter ID causes stir

    Recent actions taken by states to enhance the integrity of America’s electoral process by requiring voter ID cards, an idea that most Americans support, has caused quite a stir amongst liberals. Author James Boyard once wrote, “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    LITTLE ROCK — After approving a $5 billion budget for state government, the Legislature has officially adjourned the 2014 fiscal session. All but a few of the 300 bills approved during the session were budgets for state agencies, public schools and institutions of higher education. …

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  • James Audubon visited Ark. in 1820s

    James Audubon, famous for illustrating America’s birds during frontier times, visited Arkansas Territory in 1820 and 1822. He is credited with discovering, near Arkansas Post, a new flycatcher bird species that he named Traill’s Flycatcher. Audubon was born in 1785 in Haiti, but grew up …

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  • The diminishment of religious persecution

    Sorry, my fellow hyperbolists, slavery is not being required to pay income tax. Also, gun control is not what Hitler did to the Jewish people. And the religious right is not being persecuted for their religious beliefs in America in 2014. In order to be …

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  • ‘Forced’ annexation by Hitler, now Putin

    Vladimir Putin’s “forced” annexation of the Crimea invites memories of Adolph Hitler’s annexation of Austria. Both absorbed their weaker neighbor with over 96 percent of their vote. With unemployment and interest rates at 25 percent in 1938, Austria was in deep depression and “people were …

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