• When God-talk is considered protected speech

    If you ask a class of fifth-graders to write about someone they “look up to,” don’t be shocked when at least one of them decides to write about God. That’s exactly what happened in Millington, Tenn. earlier this month when 10-year-old Erin selected God as …

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  • Perhaps it’s time to bring back Cliff Huxtable

    Last week I saw a video on Facebook that gave me a chuckle. It appears some dad was aggravated because his daughter was wearing “booty” shorts, so to teach her a lesson he put on a pair himself and wore them in public. Nothing funnier …

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  • Interesting student communications

    Most of my college students are bright, fun to teach, and work hard. But each semester I get interesting letters, emails and phone calls from a few students that I save for future column material. With the school year now under way, I thought I’d …

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  • Consequences for sex scandals

    So much for voters being poised to show that they don’t care about sex scandals anymore. Forget about former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s surprise May election to the House of Representatives despite the sex scandal stemming from his lie about hiking on the “Appalachian …

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  • What would we do without computers?

    As I stumble sleepily from the bed, I weave up the hall to my office. I swing by my computer hitting the on button as I head to the kitchen to pour a bowl of raisin bran. I grab an apple as well and head …

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  • Time to investigate 107-year-old’s death

    Better late than never, we suppose. We hope it’s not too late for an investigation that will speak to doubts and complaints about Pine Bluff, Ark., police shooting a 107-year-old man who barricaded himself in his bedroom last weekend. A Jefferson County circuit judge has …

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  • It’s (no longer) a Jeep thing

    I became upset when I got word. Jeep, reports Automotive News, is shifting its focus away from hearty off-road 4X4’s to, mostly, dinky little two-wheel-drive cars that ride smoothly on paved roads — the kind of cars Europeans like to drive. This is what happens …

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  • Virtue, vice at the ballpark

    If there be (no virtue among us), we are in a wretched situation. —James Madison   This isn’t a year for complaints about the Pirates. So, forgive me while I complain not about the Pirates but a certain element of Pirates fans. This “element” is …

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  • Lindbergh’s first night flight

    A small monument off Highway 159, near Lake Village in extreme southeast Arkansas, marks the site of Lindbergh’s very first flight in darkness. It happened just four years before his historic non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic. In 1923, Lindbergh was a young unknown airmail …

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  • How to handle disagreements in the workplace

    Disagreements are part of any relationship and, for most of us, our jobs are as much a relationship as our marriages, family and friendships. In fact, you probably spend more waking hours each week in your work relationship than you do in any other relationship. …

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  • Millenials, baby boomers differ on AM radio

    I don’t think my relationship with AM radio is particularly unique. I have priceless memories of the early morning drive to college, listening to bluegrass music on “clear channel 650-WSM, the Air Castle of the South.” But 30-plus years later, I find myself habitually relying …

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  • For all of those who make us what we are

    I hadn’t thought too much about it until that day. I guess because in my junior and senior years of high school, I won honors in football, wrestling and track. I don’t mention this to brag, but rather show what might happen when we are …

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