• Beard transplants: Yeah, you heard me

    “Who knows what vanity lurks in the hearts of men?” The 5 o’clock shadow knows! According to CNN, beard transplants are on the rise. Plastic surgeons have long provided the procedure for men trying to cover facial scars, but now hipsters are seeking out the …

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  • Targeting free school lunches is baloney

    Did you ever think you’d see the day when decrying low-income kids who get free school lunches would become a political battle cry, coupled with the suggestion that parents who sign up their kids for free lunches love them less than parents who send their …

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  • School for Blind reaches statewide

    After His disciples had asked about the blind man, Christ answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” In this verse is the story of the Arkansas School for the Blind. …

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  • Hillybilly image flavors reality series

    H.L. Mencken would have loved the Discovery Channel’s newest reality show. The noted Baltimore newspaperman on more than one occasion ridiculed Arkansas in his columns, referring to our beloved home state as “the miasmatic jungles of Arkansas” and stating that “Arkansas is perhaps the most …

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  • ‘Divergent’ is education dystopia

    The next big teen franchise is about to explode over movie screens nationwide on March 21 — except this time the kids aren’t scared of werewolves, zombies, dark wizards or sparkly vampires. The villain in “Divergent” is something they can’t run away from and they …

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  • Some unintended consequences of ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign

    If you keep up with social justice issues, you’ve no doubt heard of the “Ban Bossy” campaign (banbossy.com) spearheaded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and other prominent females. The campaign seeks to strip “bossy” from our vocabulary, since its deeply ingrained use as …

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  • When Frank James was simply ‘the best man’

    As land west of the Mississippi opened up for settlement, huge numbers of people left their homes in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Ohio for new opportunities offered in the new frontier. The threat of a war between the states and epidemics of cholera, smallpox …

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  • Col. Faulkner’s Arkansaw Traveler

    Sandford C. Faulkner never held elective office, never wrote a book and never traveled extensively. However, his folklore story of how a backwoods squatter outwitted an educated city slicker made Faulkner one of the leading characters in Arkansas history. The early history of Col. Faulkner …

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  • About Town

    A long time ago, the first movie I remember seeing as a youngster was a Chuck Norris flick called “Lone Wolf McQuade.” While I don’t remember much about the plot of that movie, I’m sure that Chuck Norris killed a bunch of bad guys and …

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  • Solon Borland was one of many Arkansans who opposed compromise

    He was a man of many passions and many ambitions. And in the early years of Arkansas statehood, a time that attracted many men with restless spirits and towering ambitions to the area, Solon Borland was one of the standouts. A politician, veteran, physician, and …

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  • Today’s society: Entitlement and ‘gimme, gimme, gimme’

    I’m sure by now everyone has heard the word “entitlement” used to describe people in today’s society. The word is used almost daily by a variety of different groups with all sorts of agendas. Sometimes I wonder if anyone really knows what an “entitlement” is …

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  • Caraway was first woman elected to U.S. Senate

    Hattie Caraway was not going to stay quiet. Her husband dead only a few months and already having had to fight an election to keep his seat in the United States Senate, the nation’s only woman senator was determined not to be ignored and pushed …

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