• Former mayor says he is ‘bullish’ on Fort Smith

    Are you bullish on Fort Smith? Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, says he’s “bullish on Fort Smith,” and he offers compelling support for his position. Speaking last week to the Times Record editorial board, Rep. Womack described himself as a “fundamentals guy,” and said Fort Smith …

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  • NFL gave offenders a pass

    The news stories on Google News are surging as forcefully as a tsunami. The subject: the NFL and domestic abuse. “Domestic violence much bigger than NFL … Domestic violence in the NFL … The Media’s NFL Domestic Abuse Hysteria … NFL looks to training to …

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  • Open carry or open submission?

    Last week in Michigan, Elijah Woody was arrested for openly carrying his gun. Thankfully Woody was not shot dead, but his story highlights the inequality of gun rights for certain groups in the United States. If he’d been a white man, the cops probably would …

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  • Home cooking as a burden is hard to swallow

    Get this: Home-cooked family meals are tyrannical. So suggests Slate blogger Amanda Marcotte. Marcotte says that a study by North Carolina State University sociologists Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott and Joslyn Brenton finds that “the stress that cooking puts on people, particularly women, may not be …

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  • Americans’ wages stagnant at 1988 levels

    For nearly two years, multibillionaire Mark Zuckerberg has been one of the most vocal comprehensive immigration reform leaders. Zuckerberg, whose net worth Forbes estimates at $33 billion and who on a single day last week saw his fortune increase by $1.6 billion thanks to a …

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  • How Little Rock became the capital of Arkansas

    On March 2, 1819, the Arkansas Territory was created, with the capital at the small outpost at Arkansas Post. Arkansas Post was the first European city founded in what would become Arkansas, but by 1820, the members of the new territorial legislature realized that a …

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  • China’s one-child policy is destroying America

    Last year, I caught a most interesting episode of Mary Tyler Moore. In it, Mary Richards delivers an on-air editorial about population control for WJM-TV. She details the harsh realities of population instability and warns that Earth could one day be home to over 7 …

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  • High-profile virus not unlike other childhood illnesses

    If you’ve spent any time in front of a TV or on social media lately, you couldn’t miss the reports about enterovirus 68. Everyone is talking about it, and some outlets are referring to it as a “mystery illness.” The good news is that enteroviruses …

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  • To spank or not to spank

    Once again the NFL is facing another case of a player being charged with abuse. This time, it’s Adrian Peterson, a running back for the Minnesota Vikings. Apparently Peterson gave his 4-year-old son a spanking using what the media is calling “a tree branch” and …

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  • Rejection

    He glanced at me over the tops of his thick, black-framed glasses that rested midway down on his nose. He smiled. His white hair — probably neatly combed earlier that morning — was pointing in different directions. It didn’t seem to bother him that my …

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  • Actions of mama bears make for an interesting family story

    Arkansas once was the Bear State, before marketing people decided that more tourists and potential land buyers would be more attracted by “The Land of Opportunity,” and then later, “The Natural State.” We’re also known for our hogs, whether a nuisance tearing up our yards …

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  • A shipwreck of a column: Gilligan’s Island turns 50

    Just sit right back and you’ll endure a tale … Sept. 26 marks the 50th anniversary of the classic TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island.” People exclaim, “You’re making me feel old!” when I tell them that. Gee, Skipper, I would have thought it had something to …

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