• The dirty dozen

    Clean eating has become a way of life for me and my family, and I promote that to others as much as possible. But some people keep telling me that eating clean isn’t possible for them because it’s too expensive or organic produce just isn’t …

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  • What we’ve managed to accomplish in Iraq

    We have been at war with Iraq for 24 years, starting with Operations Desert Shield and Storm in 1990. Shortly after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait that year, the propaganda machine began agitating for a U.S. attack on Iraq. We all remember the appearance before Congress …

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  • Truly transcending Obamacare

    While the dominant Republican slogan on health care remains “repeal and replace,” there is little agreement on what “replace” means. But if we wait until Obamacare can be repealed before developing a consensus on positive health care changes, major parts of Obamacare will be even …

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  • Arkansas actress Gail Davis befriended Gene Autry

    In the days when Westerns dominated the new invention of television, one Arkansas actress charmed audiences across the nation with her colorful portrayals. Gail Davis, once called by longtime friend Gene Autry “the perfect Western actress,” was a familiar face on television and film in …

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  • James Foley showed courage in the face of danger

    To just mourn the brutal death of photojournalist James Foley … seems not enough. To just be sickened by the shabby and cowardly manner in which he was beheaded by the terrorist group ISIS … feels inadequate. And to hear his killers say Foley died …

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  • When gov’t teleworkers don’t work from home

    It was just a matter of time for the program to be abused. I refer to the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which provided government employees the opportunity to do their jobs from home. Teleworking is generally a good concept. Federal employees who work from …

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  • Lessons to be learned

    “Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”             —Martin Luther King Jr.   We are now heading into the second week of protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting of …

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  • Home is where the heart is

    I’m a firm believer in recycling. That doesn’t only mean that you have to sort your trash and put the recyclables in a separate plastic bin. It can also mean anything from wearing hand-me-down clothing to decorating your home with used furniture. There are times …

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  • What does library vote say about Fort Smith?

    The fact that the Fort Smith Public Library failed to gain a millage increase is a cause for sadness among those who saw the library’s plan as a route to a better community. The meanness, the anger and complete misinformation behind its loss should be …

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  • Dr. Drew’s diagnosis without facts

    On CNN’s “Headline News,” just hours after Robin Williams was found dead by his own hand, Dr. Drew Pinsky, “Dr Drew,” went on national TV, vehemently announcing to the world that he was certain Williams’ “mental illness” was due to having a “biological disorder” that …

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  • About Town (8/18/14)

    The Batesville Community Theatre was at it again. You may remember the article I wrote a few weeks ago about their wonderful production of “Nunsense.” Well, let me be the first to tell you that I was excited to learn they were going to have …

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  • Media and Missouri: What the heck is going on?

    What in the heck is going on with the police in Ferguson, Missouri, and journalists? The St. Louis suburb has been the scene of peaceful protests and charged emotions, and nightly chaos and rampant looting, following the Aug. 9 shooting death of a black teenager, …

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