• Southern Ark. provided resources during war

    One hundred fifty years ago, Gen. Price and Gen. Marmaduke’s combined forces were near Camden at Ten Springs. While the Union Army was a bit nervous with a Confederate buildup in south Arkansas, Pine Bluff was being reinforced with 3-inch artillery pieces to prevent another …

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  • I should be dead

    Today I am a somewhat overweight, bearded suburban dad entering a comfortable middle age, but it was not always thus. Seven short years ago I was a lean, clean-shaven, heavily armored combat medic in Iraq, so every year on Nov. 11, everyone is apparently required …

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  • ‘The Waltons’ TV show had Arkansas roots – Novelist’s call leads to unrecorded history

    My wife, Sue, answered the telephone and, after speaking briefly to someone, passed the phone to me and said, “You won’t believe who’s calling.” Sue had recognized the voice, and so did I when he said, “Hello, is this Craig?” We had heard that distinctive …

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  • Patton, Ike and my teenage boys

    I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler’s Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, “Eleven Two: One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival and Freedom.” Frank’s ordeal began …

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  • Hi-Yo Silver! Away to the butcher shop!

    The practice of slaughtering horses as a source of meat for humans will soon be legal again in the United States for the first time since the post war food shortage following World War II. Last week a New Mexico judge, U.S. District Judge Christina …

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  • Roosevelt and Veterans Day

    As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation’s defense and military. Of America’s 43 presidents, 31 have served in the military. Ten, most notably George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight …

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  • Baseball: A game of and for the ages

    Roughly 15 million people watched each of the six games between Boston and St. Louis on TV last month, while here in the Phoenix metroplex a concurrent amateur World Series sparked every bit as much passion, maybe even more, among 324 adult baseball teams. So, …

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  • Touch screens can lead to being out of touch

    There’s no question that the rise of touch screens has made our lives just a little bit easier. Need a quick recipe while scanning the pantry for ingredients? Easy to pull up on the tablet. Want to check the weather to see if you need …

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  • Veterans Day: Is anybody listening?

    Veterans Day brings to mind one of the favorite anecdotes of my late father, Lewis Tyree. Dad was inducted into the U.S. Army at the tail end of World War II. During basic training, the drill instructor demonstrated how to disarm a knife-wielding assailant. One …

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  • General Assembly takes up veterans affairs

    More than 250,000 veterans call Arkansas home. As we near Veterans Day, the 89th General Assembly extends its appreciation to every single Arkansan and their families who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country. Veteran’s affairs is a very personal issue for the General Assembly, …

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  • Explosion was unlucky for many

    When the Union gunboat, Mound City, exploded during a Confederate attack at St. Charles, Ark., in June 1862, it was called a “lucky” shot. About 150 sailors were killed or severely wounded in what is often called the most destructive single shot of the Civil …

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  • Hey, FDA, mind your own business

    One of the first things I learned in my health care career is that pain is very subjective. Different people experience different levels of pain in different situations. Because of this, I was taught that we cannot take a cookie-cutter approach to pain management and …

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