• JFK: An uncluttered commemoration

    In 1971 when Granny Tyree passed away, her belongings included a scrapbook of World War II editorial cartoons, a freezer container labeled (yum!) “strawberries” (but containing turnips!) and a little book in which she had jotted down her own poems and grandchildren’s witticisms. One of …

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  • Donald W. Reynolds left strong legacy in Arkansas

    One of the most commonly seen names in science and education efforts in Arkansas belongs to a man who actually spent very little time in the state. Donald W. Reynolds built a newspaper and media empire but turned to charity in his later years, building …

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  • Beware of discounted items

    My son is a junior in college and, like many college students these days, he has to work a part-time job to supplement his scholarship and student loans. He tried flipping burgers for a while but that just wasn’t the job for him, so for …

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  • A promising public-private partnership

    It wasn’t that long ago that it looked like Saturday mail delivery was coming to an end. The U.S. Postal Service is running billions in the red and has been for years. The Postal Service said nixing Saturday delivery of letters would cut about $2 …

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  • Unseen scars often as painful as the ones seen

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.   In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions produce some effects that are readily apparent and others that are not. …

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  • Bullying’s effects are amplified by its evolution

    As a kid, I was smaller than most of my classmates and was definitely considered bookish. I had a late August birthday, which meant I was also younger than most of the other kids. Not only did these traits set me apart, but they also …

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  • Southern Ark. provided resources during war

    One hundred fifty years ago, Gen. Price and Gen. Marmaduke’s combined forces were near Camden at Ten Springs. While the Union Army was a bit nervous with a Confederate buildup in south Arkansas, Pine Bluff was being reinforced with 3-inch artillery pieces to prevent another …

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  • I should be dead

    Today I am a somewhat overweight, bearded suburban dad entering a comfortable middle age, but it was not always thus. Seven short years ago I was a lean, clean-shaven, heavily armored combat medic in Iraq, so every year on Nov. 11, everyone is apparently required …

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  • ‘The Waltons’ TV show had Arkansas roots – Novelist’s call leads to unrecorded history

    My wife, Sue, answered the telephone and, after speaking briefly to someone, passed the phone to me and said, “You won’t believe who’s calling.” Sue had recognized the voice, and so did I when he said, “Hello, is this Craig?” We had heard that distinctive …

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  • Patton, Ike and my teenage boys

    I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler’s Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, “Eleven Two: One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival and Freedom.” Frank’s ordeal began …

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  • Hi-Yo Silver! Away to the butcher shop!

    The practice of slaughtering horses as a source of meat for humans will soon be legal again in the United States for the first time since the post war food shortage following World War II. Last week a New Mexico judge, U.S. District Judge Christina …

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  • Roosevelt and Veterans Day

    As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation’s defense and military. Of America’s 43 presidents, 31 have served in the military. Ten, most notably George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight …

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