• Not knowing math is expensive lesson

    I was teaching math at a vocational school and while I was assigned to the auto-body classroom the auto-body teacher stated, “Learning math is a stupid waste of time.” He moved a car near the classroom, and while his students were with me, he sanded …

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  • America as a welfare state

    As the controversy builds over anything and everything relating to Barack Obama, many Republicans have come to believe that their party will prosper as a result. This definitely was true in last year’s midterm elections, which had record low turnout rates, but the upcoming presidential …

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  • Coffee addict

    As I sit down to write my column this morning (of course it’s deadline day), I hold in my hand a steaming cup of glorious black coffee. Cream and sugar are for wimps. I’m a solid coffee snob who likes her coffee black straight up! …

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  • What are Americans really like?

    Older pastors in the community welcomed the bright, young preacher with gifts of commentaries and reference books. After a few months the young preacher confessed theology and biblical doctrine were so complex and difficult to comprehend that sometimes he had to read the Bible to …

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  • Smart911 can save time in emergency

    We live in an era when privacy is difficult to maintain. Even things we want to remain hidden — bank accounts, Social Security numbers, where we store our valuables — are at risk because of emerging technologies and time-tested information-stealing tactics. At times, we even …

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  • America’s also-ran industrial complex

    We often hear about the corrupting influence of money in politics. This usually means quid pro quos for moneyed interests. There’s lip service paid to the amount of cash a politician must raise in order to even run for office. Famously, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy …

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  • Kids and vegetables: It’s not that hard

    Don’t you just love it when you get on the Internet and you’re bombarded by a ton of so-called “news” stories? The second your home page pops up, there they are: “Man’s $400 million Facebook mistake” or “Tax mines that could blow up your return” …

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  • Hildebrand exacted revenge with his rifle, ‘Kill Devil’

    Here in the Ozarks of Arkansas, we tell tales of Chris Denton, Bill Dark, Thomas Roe Freeman, Bill Williams and other heroes and villains of the Civil War. Because Missouri experiences more war-time conflict than all other states combined, their legacy of irregulars, regulars, vigilantes, …

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  • Hands washed? Cough covered? Flu season 2015 is in full force

    The 2015 flu season is already shaping up to be a bad one. In recent years, our state hasn’t even seen much influenza until the end of January. But Arkansas Children’s Hospital and other medical centers have already experienced a spike in their numbers of …

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  • Leaving the world a better place

    One of the facets of being a journalist is building mutually trusting relationships with sources, especially when you have to ask them tough questions. Each time I called on Sen. David Wyatt, he always took my calls and answered my questions with frankness and explained …

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  • An Arkansas original, baseball great Dizzy Dean

    Baseball’s Dizzy Dean became an unforgettable personality in a game known for unforgettable personalities. Born Jay Hanna Dean in Lucas in western Arkansas’ Logan County in 1910, his baseball talents became obvious early. The family moved often after his mother’s death in 1918, and at …

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  • It’s only censorship when they do it

    The deplorable attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in which terrorists killed 12 and wounded 11, incited several reactions from the public, the sensitized media, and heads of state who hope to extract political gain from the matter. Amidst the generalized panic, Islamophobia has …

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