• Disability rights are human rights

    Imagine if you had to fight in a court of law in order to be permitted to move in with friends, go to work, and make basic decisions about your daily life. Jenny Hatch doesn’t have to imagine, because she just fought and won that …

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  • FCC limits charges for calls from inmates

    Those who have loved ones behind bars have to worry about a lot of things. But it looks like they won’t have to worry about sky-high phone bills for much longer. Recipients must pay for telephone calls from their incarcerated family members and friends. For …

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  • Is a Wall Street crash coming to public schools?

    Just like AAA ratings on mortgage-backed securities led to Wall Street’s 2008 disaster, a rash of accountability scandals might be precursors to a similar public school crash. After years of promises that test-driven accountability would yield miracles, scandals with school ratings are popping up all …

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  • The true story of the Little Red Hen

    Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm past the woods. She was friends with a bossy but politically connected pig, a groveling sheep who worked as a flunky for the village and a scared little mouse who …

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  • What is with those childless couples, anyway?

    Whether you’re arising from a long, luxurious sleep or frantically cleaning up melted crayons, surely you have a strong opinion on the cover story in the Aug. 12 edition of Time magazine: “The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children.” The article …

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  • First Hot Springs expedition

    A few months after the famous Lewis and Clark expedition left St. Louis on their historic journey into the northern regions of the Louisiana Purchase, a lesser known adventure started up the Ouachita River into Arkansas. President Jefferson wanted to know what the nation’s $15 …

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  • The age(s) of happiness

    Get this: Happiness among human beings peaks at age 23, tanks at 55, then peaks again at 69. So says a study by the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, as reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper. The findings make …

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  • Family reunion calamity

    It was family reunion time, and my brother brought his two canoes. Several family members wanted to go — including my littlest girls, 5-year-old Elliana and 7-year-old Heather. Patience is not a virtue that graces youth, and their excitement drove them to a million questions. …

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  • Ignorance is no excuse

    So the latest craze spreading like wildfire over Facebook is the recent story of the 18-year-old in Jonesboro who was arrested because a “joke” went bad. Apparently, this highly intelligent kid (insert sarcasm here) thought it’d be great fun to duct-tape a bunch of kids …

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  • Eat all the dessert you want and not gain weight

    Have you ever had a sugar plum? I haven’t either, but I wanted to know what one was, so I Googled, “what is a sugar plum?” and found out it’s actually dried plum in a hard candy shell; probably something like an M & M …

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  • Could I borrow a cup of chiggers?

    That may sound like a strange question but after you already have a whole hoard move in on you, what’s a few more? It is the time of year that many of us find them, or do they find us. I had a number of …

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  • News of the day keeps us tethered

    I am over my worry allotment for this month. It’s not without some good justifications. My mother, Tina, died suddenly at the age of 86 in April and just like that all of the older generation that I knew is gone. Feeling out of kilter …

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