• Boomers, beware when caring for dying parents

    A legal ruling emerging last week from a storefront courtroom in rural Pottsville, Penn., could impact tens of millions of baby boomers nationwide caring for their aging and dying parents. This relatively obscure court’s decision could chill good end-of-life medical care and diminish legal options …

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  • Victory was short-lived

    One hundred fifty years ago, Confederate and Union armies clashed for the first time in battle since the Confederate atempt to retake Helena. Following Gen.Pemberton’s surrender to General Grant at Vicksburg, the tide of war turned in favor of the Union, releasing tens of thousands …

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  • MLK and the Declaration of Independence

    Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at that great rally is rightly honored as one of the greatest speeches in American history. All Americans recognize the soaring rhetoric of the final portion of the …

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  • State’s first manufacturers were salt, grist mills

    The simple but important acts of processing salt and grinding corm into meal are classified as Arkansas’ first manufacturing jobs. When explorers William Dunbar and George Hunter followed the Ouachita River and tested the “hot springs” in 1804, they examined a salt pit along the …

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  • Some folks are killing themselves with exercise

    You’ve probably never heard of bigorexia; but according to CBS New York, it’s a growing health hazard, affecting as many as 45 percent of men at some point in their lives. Bigorexia (or muscle dysmorphia or Adonis syndrome) occurs in men who possess an unshakable …

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  • Movie should just be called ‘The Butler from Another Planet’

    There you go again, Hollywood. You’ve taken a great story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies. You took the true story of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986, …

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  • Quite an illuminating experience

    OK, I admit there are a lot of things I haven’t heard of before. There are still things I read about or watch on the news that can shock the heck out of me. Usually, however, this doesn’t happen when I’m driving in my car …

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  • Senator succumbs to greed, arrogance

    Taking campaign money for personal use equates to greed. Not dealing with it directly with constituents is arrogance. It’s a deadly combination for state Sen. Paul Bookout, D-Jonesboro, as the Arkansas Ethics Commission handed him a $8,000 fine Friday. Bookout resigned Tuesday. The devil is …

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  • Bank site not right for library

    When I read the Guard Tuesday, Aug. 13, I was appalled at the headline, “Library May Move to Bank of America.” I am in the library almost every day, and the staff and I have often talked about the lack of space. They have told …

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  • Signs for tourists

    My wife, Donna, sent me to town to purchase the last items we had on our list for our vacation. I was working my way down the bread aisle when a lady stopped me. “I’m sorry to bother you,” she said, “but I’m not from …

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  • Let the pantsuit dance

    It’s time to address the burning question singeing the lips of every American this summer: What will happen to Bryan Cranston’s pork pie hat after “Breaking Bad” ends its run? OK, maybe that’s No. 2. The big one is who’s going to be the Democratic …

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  • Five things Republicans have repealed

    House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans should be judged not on what laws they’ve made but by what laws they’ve repealed. I’d like to offer a brief list of the fallout of the GOP’s existential crisis:   1. “Hitler” The first time I heard someone …

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