• Writer supports resisting, eventually abolishing prisons

    In California, prisoners are fighting back against appalling human rights violations. Their hunger strike is into its third week, with nearly 1,000 inmates still participating. When the strike began, 30,000 prisoners refused meals. The prisoners are striking against long term solitary confinement, a punishment recognized …

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  • Press distorts facts

    The family George Zimmerman rescued from their burning SUV is refusing interviews for fear of their lives. A woman whose phone number is one digit different from that of the line Zimmerman used to call police is getting death threats. That phone number appeared repeatedly …

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  • ‘New Deal’ projects still around

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs helped pull America out of the Great Depression of the 1930s. And, the projects the young men built across Arkansas are still an important part of our historic landscape. The “Three-Cs Boys” lived …

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  • Self-entitlement? Go catch a fish

    Lao Tzu, the Chinese founder of Taoism during the 4th century B.C. is attributed with the famous quote, “If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day but if you TEACH a man to fish, you feed him for life.” I …

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  • Once a Weiner, always a Weiner

    The late-night comedians have not had this much material since Bill Clinton wagged his boney finger at the television cameras and declared, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” and then sent Hillary out to declare that the whole thing was …

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  • Friend or foe?

    Maybe you were never told. Maybe you just forgot. But you probably don’t think about your car “spying” on you. According to the New York Times, there is a growing controversy over the fact that 96 percent of new vehicles sold in America (and 150 …

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  • Detroit’s demise

    My family lived in Detroit from 1955 to 1956, during which time I attended second grade in a public elementary school. That was the first year my parents moved back to Michigan from Minnesota and North Dakota, where my father did his medical specialty training. …

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  • Trial nothing but soap opera

    In a better world we should never have been subjected to the Zimmerman trial. But politically motivated prosecutors in Florida turned a local tragedy into a race crime, and then the media turned a murder trial into a primetime soap opera. The trial accusing George …

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  • Big fears

    Humans are complicated. We have physical fears, like being afraid of fire ants or going bungee jumping. We may over exaggerate these fears, but they’re based on a semi logical understanding of risks. But then there are our emotional fears; this is where logic leaves …

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  • The Crocketts in Arkansas

    It is generally known that Col. Davy Crockett traveled the Old Southwest Trail through Arkansas in the late autumn of 1835, on his way to Texas and a hero’s death at the fall of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. As word spread that the …

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  • The window fans

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood.”    Even on the hottest nights of the summer, my father knew how to make our house ice cold. We lived in a modest …

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  • ‘Fear’ greatest threat to First Amendment freedoms

    At various times, every American likely has wished for less of some things that the First Amendment protects. Less hateful speech. One less noisy protest group. Or maybe even the swift departure of a media outlet or personality whose stance or voice is just grating …

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