• When Arkansas entered the nuclear age

    It is the fundamental building block of the universe. It has the capacity to light homes and destroy cities. It is the atom. As the 20th century dawned, scientists began learning more about the atom and how to control its power. By mid-century, the dream …

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  • Limiting contributions

    Editorial cartoonists have sharpened and turned their disgust and creativity against the U.S. Supreme Court after justices ruled that free speech can be bought when it comes to limits on contributions for political campaigns. We’ve seen cartoonists draw the Monopoly brothers, Mr. Magoo, a megaphone …

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  • Standard testing and teaching writing wrong

    If you have a seventh-grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing. The good news is our country’s education policy recognizes writing is a necessary skill in the information era. The bad news is because of …

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  • Springtime in Washington

    Editor note: The following is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!”   Ah, springtime has finally arrived in Washington, D.C. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is beginning. The cherry trees, 3,700 of them …

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  • Someone say McThor’s?

    The analogy in the headline “Thor 2 is a Cinematic McDonald’s Cheeseburger” (Eileen Jones, Jacobin) is apt. There is indeed a strong parallel between the predominance in comics-to-film adaptations and diner-food restaurants: A few homogenous, formulaic products aimed at broad mass-market appeal. But far from …

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  • War decimated early industry

    Arkansas had very little industrial machinery prior to the Civil War, and it would be decades afterwards before the state shed its “cotton patch” image. Grist mills, powered by flowing streams in the Ozarks, constituted the major part of industry between 1820 and 1880. No …

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  • Holy comic book craze, Batman is 75!

    According to DC Comics, March 30 marked the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman (in “Detective Comics” #27). I’ve been a fan of the Caped Crusader (created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger) for two-thirds of that span. With Batman and Robin available …

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  • About Town

    This week’s article expands a little beyond the Batesville area. Last week was spring break, unless you are a part of one of the school districts who had to lose spring break because of the winter weather this year. We decided to spend part of …

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  • Loving beyond worldly measure

    Some of the most difficult times to watch are when someone we know is trying to be there for a loved one when he or she is coming to the end of his or her journey. I remember watching my mother and father as they …

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  • Positive role models are hard to find

    There’s been a lot in the media lately about relationships: Everything from “what makes a relationship last” and interviews with couples married 50 years or more, to stories about failing Hollywood marriages and the top ten “great” couples of all time on the big screen. …

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  • Paul Eells’ popularity

    When football season arrives in The Natural State, thousands of Arkansans will flock to their radios and televisions to follow the Razorbacks, hanging on every play. For years, no Razorback game was complete without the play-by-play calls of Paul Eells. Paul Eells was born in …

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  • Foul ball

    Over in the sports section they greet each baseball season with rankings, predictions and detailed summaries of off-season roster moves. Here on the opinion page we usually prefer to wax about emerald green grass, the crack of the bat and the vernal reawakening of our …

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