• From a fifth-grader, uncomfortable truth about religious conflict

    When children speak the truth, adults often squirm and shut them up. That’s apparently what happened to Zachary Golob-Drake after he delivered a speech entitled “In the Name of Religion” to his fifth-grade class at Patel Partnership School in Tampa, Fla. The teacher initially applauded …

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  • The best and worst of 2013

    The year 2013 was a roller coaster of contrasts with some surprises. Here’s a best and worst list: The Worst Non Scandal, Self-Inflicted Political Damage: President Barack Obama. A new ABC News-Washington Post poll finds record numbers of Americans now disapprove of his job performance. …

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  • LRAFB impressed Strategic Air Command in Cold War

    Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville in northeast Pulaski County today is a key part of the defense of the United States and home to thousands of service members. But it emerged mostly as a local effort. During World War II, much of the …

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  • Surrender at Jacksonport

    Throughout the Civil War, Jacksonport was an elusive target for both Union and Confederate forces, even after the Federal occupation of Little Rock in September 1863. Rebel raiding campaigns harassed Yankee forces at key points across northern Arkansas until the end of the war. After …

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  • Duck hunting and double standards: Tolerance is a two-way street

    A I finished my last bit of Christmas shopping, it seemed like Duck Dynasty merchandise was everywhere. Who would have thought, in 2013 the hottest gift ideas would involve rednecks from Louisiana? What’s more, I never would have believed anything the “Duck” family said would …

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  • Tolerance to all, and to all a good night

    Well, I kept my word. I stayed away from controversial subjects until after Christmas. Yay, me! But now that the holiday is over, I’ve got a whole bunch saved up. How about we start with the moron in Deerfield Beach, Fla., who’s suing because of …

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  • Civil War at Christmastime

    One hundred fifty years ago, both the Yankee and Confederate armies were preparing to spend another Christmas away from home. While Confederates were amassing in southwest Arkansas for the largest Christian camp revival in history, the Federal army tried to justify their presence this side …

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  • Thanks for the lesson, Phil

    Just recently, Phil Robertson was suspended from the popular A&E show “Duck Dynasty” for openly stating that he does not support gay marriage, something he believes is a biblical point of view, as do I. The fact that Robertson was unable to speak his opinion …

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  • Acting on some good intentions

    My dad used to say that good intentions are never enough; they must be acted upon. Still, I find myself too often with good intentions which I don’t follow through on. That was what was happening that holiday season. I was busy with preparation for …

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  • Deep in the bowels of password hell

    As the new year approaches, many of us in the brotherhood of computer clumsoids (and our number is legion) feel the sharp prod of IT experts encouraging us Luddites to change passwords once a year like smoke alarm batteries or high school girlfriends or underwear …

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  • Powerful Christmas lesson

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.   The entire country pauses on Dec. 25, as Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, known to Christians as God’s Christ and Savior, and known to many as The Prince of Peace. The impact of …

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  • Powhatan’s swinging bridge was razed in 1952

    Built in 1925-26, the “swinging bridge” at Powhatan really did swing! As a youngster, I traveled across the bridge several times in my folks’ 1940 Ford Tudor. We were on our way to and from the Delta cotton fields from our home, located between Sidney …

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