• 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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  • Maya Angelou overcame much

    No one would have imagined what would become of the small, 3-year-old girl when she arrived in Arkansas in 1931. Today, she is recognized around the world as one of the most acclaimed writers of modern times. Maya Angelou overcame a life of poverty, racism …

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  • The true meaning of community

    During the recent storm, our home and property like everyone’s in the area was covered with snow and ice. That also included the outside work storage and shop building that we use for our business and where our truck was stored to keep it protected …

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  • Minimum wage hammers youth

    With Democrats cratering in the polls over their collapsing health care law, they are trying to pivot to the only part of their policy agenda that still enjoys broad public support: the minimum wage. But their advocacy and its popularity rest on the incorrect belief …

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  • Paying it forward

    There’s nothing like the holiday season to make you really appreciate the blessings you have in life and to also make you think about those less fortunate. As Americans we hear all the time about starving people in other countries. Images of hungry, malnourished children …

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  • Christmas is a time for presence

    I remember having my nose pressed squarely against the window. It was cold outside and frost had formed around the edges of the panes near the white wooden stiles separating each of the three windows in the living room into six sections. I was watching …

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  • Money belongs to us, not workers

    The audacity that public servants believe they can use the public’s money for their own personal use without repercussions continues to amaze us. We live in a day where anyone can be involved in electronic eavesdropping, whistleblowing, social media warfare, Freedom of Information investigations, and …

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  • Son’s first Christmas

    My son Gideon turned 9 months old on Dec. 6. We didn’t get to dwell on that milestone because he’s already in high gear for his first Christmas. I know it’s a cliche, but having a child around the house (after 13 years of a …

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  • Do you hear what I hear?

    It was 73 and sunny, two weeks before Thanksgiving, and I was stuck in traffic on the 405. Over the car radio a DJ on KOST-FM was extolling the “holiday spirit.” Then he played “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry — a song …

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  • Don’t worry, Santa, the ‘war on Christmas’ isn’t real

    When I read that 52 percent of American adults say they believe in Santa Claus (according to a survey from Public Policy Polling), I wasn’t surprised to learn in the same poll that 42 percent also believe there is a “war on Christmas.” After all …

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  • Fine Bowie Knife collection

    One of the many little-known treasures of Arkansas is the Bowie Knife Gallery at the Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock. The 175-year history of America’s most famous knife is revealed in the world’s finest Bowie collection, right here in Arkansas! The exhibit includes …

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  • ‘A Christmas Toy Story’: Back to the basics

    Boy, do we need to get back to the basics in America — especially with our Christmas toys. Consider: In the basement of any kid’s home you’ll find once-trendy, dust-collecting gadgets that are no longer played with. So I was delighted to stumble across a …

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