• Carbon pawprint: Should pets be banned?

    Could it be that the “elephant in the room” is literally an elephant in the room? Yes, most of us try not to think too hard about the precious resources used by our precious four-legged companions; but a “community discussion” in the Salon online magazine …

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  • Life, liberty and the right of a child to fire an Uzi

    The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use … an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That …

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  • Government doesn’t care about U.S. workers

    Another meaningless Labor Day has passed. For many, the holiday represents a day off from work and the end of summer. Some attended local parades where they heard candidates pledge to create jobs. President Obama, in Wisconsin, said that under his direction, the economy has …

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  • Central High and Faubus’ legacy

    In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that “separate but equal” public schools were unconstitutional and ordered and end to segregation in schools across the U.S. In the South there was resistance — often violent resistance. But desegregation …

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  • Free speech for dummies

    Do you remember the first time that you learned about the United States Constitution? More than likely it was during sixth-grade social studies class. My husband teaches that class and it’s definitely in the current curriculum. It comes up again in ninth-grade civics, and if …

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  • 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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