• Morale hit all-time low in Confederate Army

    One hundred fifty years ago, the “irregular war” in Arkansas was the order of the day. As the Civil War dragged on, December 1864 was unusually harsh for soldiers on both sides following three years of hard fighting, marching and dealing with military life. This …

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  • Batesville resident Uriah Rose, founder of Arkansas, American bar associations

    Uriah M. Rose was an attorney who believed in the importance of integrity, ethics, and education for himself and his fellow lawyers. Because of his work, Rose would impact not only the standards for legal practices in Arkansas and the United States but also impact …

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  • Winter Wonderland

    It was a cold, dreary Monday night, and I wasn’t feeling well. But because of the memories of taking my now-grown children to the Christmas parade in downtown Batesville, I wanted to go anyway. Now that we’ve moved back to Batesville, I want Madelyn to …

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  • Playing follow the leader

    It was the day before Thanksgiving, and we were on our way to visit some relatives. It was a long way, and we had hoped to get off early, but, as things usually happen, we didn’t leave until after noon. Thus it was late by …

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  • The implosion of Bill Cosby

    The world is watching the career and reputation of comedian Bill Cosby disintegrate virtually overnight in a humiliating, seemingly-daily, public miniseries involving a flood of allegations, many decades old — but increasingly believable. Because there’s now a pattern. A reported 17 women have (so far) …

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  • Conversation about respect

    Do we really need more conversations about race in America? Mainstream media, politicians and activists have been fanning the flames of race since August when a police officer killed a man who had just strong-armed robbed a store and refused to get out of the …

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  • Thank secularists for Christmas

    According to thinkers like presidential candidate Rick Santorum, America is a Christian nation. Really? The Bible is pro-slavery and pro-monarch-two things Americans are (now at least) decidedly against. So how are we a Christian nation, exactly? “It’s because of the Pilgrims trek to the New …

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  • ‘Gone With The Wind’ turns 75

    Movie fans, remember a time when the only “F-word” was “fiddle-dee-dee”? That question comes to mind as I see Dec. 15 and the 75th anniversary of the world premiere of “Gone With The Wind” approaching. I have so many fond memories of November 1976 and …

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  • MSB responds to letters to editor

    To the Citizens of Independence County: The Main Street Batesville organization feels the need to respond to two recent letters to the editor regarding the funds the city provides to it. We are committed to being as transparent as possible on anything that we do …

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  • Benjamin Watson gets it right

    This week, I’m not writing my own opinion column. I’m not writing it because a young African-American man who plays the tight end position for the New Orleans Saints has put my thoughts into words and expressed it far better than I ever could accomplish. …

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  • Police should be on, not behind, cameras

    Police body cameras are all the rage lately. Al Sharpton wants them used to monitor the activities of cops. Ann Coulter wants them used to “shut down” Al Sharpton. The White House wants them because, well, they’re a way to look both “tough on police …

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  • Cozy up for the holidays

    Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to focus on Christmas. I’m sure many of you are like me when it comes to Christmastime. I love to cozy up to a warm fire with a cup of Constant Comment and watch Christmas movies. The scent …

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