• On the road again … what were we thinking?

    Time to break out the suitcases again; the Nesler family is going on a four-hour road trip to Branson and trust me, Clark Griswold has nothing on us. You know how women always tell their pregnant friends, “You’ll forget all about the labor pains once …

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  • A living wage is an equal voice

    Take a look at your bills: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family to just get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would your family have …

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  • The POWs of Civil War Col. Freeman

    Col. Thomas Roe Freeman of Missouri was captured at Crane Creek on Feb. 14, 1862. From there he was sent to military prison, Alton, Ill. After swearing an Oath of Loyalty to the Union he was paroled June 18, 1862. Men did this over and …

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  • A case of voter ID causes stir

    Recent actions taken by states to enhance the integrity of America’s electoral process by requiring voter ID cards, an idea that most Americans support, has caused quite a stir amongst liberals. Author James Boyard once wrote, “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    LITTLE ROCK — After approving a $5 billion budget for state government, the Legislature has officially adjourned the 2014 fiscal session. All but a few of the 300 bills approved during the session were budgets for state agencies, public schools and institutions of higher education. …

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  • James Audubon visited Ark. in 1820s

    James Audubon, famous for illustrating America’s birds during frontier times, visited Arkansas Territory in 1820 and 1822. He is credited with discovering, near Arkansas Post, a new flycatcher bird species that he named Traill’s Flycatcher. Audubon was born in 1785 in Haiti, but grew up …

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  • The diminishment of religious persecution

    Sorry, my fellow hyperbolists, slavery is not being required to pay income tax. Also, gun control is not what Hitler did to the Jewish people. And the religious right is not being persecuted for their religious beliefs in America in 2014. In order to be …

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  • ‘Forced’ annexation by Hitler, now Putin

    Vladimir Putin’s “forced” annexation of the Crimea invites memories of Adolph Hitler’s annexation of Austria. Both absorbed their weaker neighbor with over 96 percent of their vote. With unemployment and interest rates at 25 percent in 1938, Austria was in deep depression and “people were …

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  • Stupid is as stupid does

    Albert Einstein once said that only two things were infinite: The universe, and human stupidity. He was 100 percent correct. Last week I read an article about an 18-year-old who drank 10 Jägerbombs and then collapsed on her bathroom floor. For those who don’t know …

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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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  • 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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  • 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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