• Hugh Critz saved Arkansas Tech from closing

    Arkansas began the 20th century with a renewed dedication to higher education. Colleges across the state were quickly established by the state Legislature, including Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. However, enrollments and financial problems nearly shut down Arkansas Tech. In 1918, a new college president, …

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  • Examining the new importance of ‘where’ we speak

    When we say something that might be threatening, how much does where we say it matter? The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week to examine that question from a new angle — the increasingly popular method of online comments and posts on social media, as …

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  • What you need to know about unaccompanied minors

    Here are six facts you need to know about what President Obama fraudulently calls the unaccompanied minors “urgent humanitarian crisis.” First, many minors aren’t unaccompanied. Rather, they’re traveling with their mothers, some pregnant with future anchor baby citizens. Other women crossing are of child bearing …

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  • E-cigarettes should be e-regulated

    Let me get one thing out of the way: I hate cigarette smoke. Hate isn’t even a strong enough word for my violent contempt for smoking. It’s twofold: Smokers stink up common air and often litter common space. When people in public flick their butts …

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  • Becoming a bookworm – Fond memories of Conway Public Library

    At the end of World War II when my parents and I returned to Conway to begin life anew, we discovered that comfortable housing was in short supply. So while Daddy went about trying to buy a car — also in short supply, but a …

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  • Cuttin’ okra clears my head

    The hot summer sun beat down on the back of our necks as we moved along the rows of okra with a knife in hand stepping inch by inch between each stalk and cuttin’ off the pods from the bottom up and placing them in …

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  • Senator back to work

    For once, no snark from us about things and people that don’t work in Washington. On Monday, we were delighted to see someone who does: Sen. John Boozman. Starting last Friday, the old Grizzly was back at work for the first time since emergency heart …

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  • Ask the brats to leave instead

    The latest story to have everyone up in arms all over news stations and social media is the little toddler who was asked to leave a KFC restaurant because apparently, the scars on her face were “bothering” other customers and making them uncomfortable. Wow. I …

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  • Hillary’s ‘dead broke’ definition differs from yours

    Wouldn’t you love to be “dead broke” the way Hillary Clinton was? With speech and job and book opportunities stacked up on life’s runway, poised to whisk her to solvency? Last week, in the ABC News interview that launched her pre — presidential campaign, she …

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  • Arkansas is down on the dumps

    Illegal dumps are not only unsightly; they can endanger humans and the environment. Years ago, it was common to find piles of household garbage, old furniture and appliances, yard waste, unused paint and automotive waste on unsupervised private or public property throughout Arkansas, especially in …

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  • Getting cynical when government runs health care

    No wonder I am so cynical about government health care. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the Department of Veterans Affairs is facing some care-delivery challenges. As it goes, according to the VA’s internal audit report released last week, more than …

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  • Zombified

    You see them staggering down our streets, heads bowed as if in prayer, making the occasional grunting noise. Mindless drooling de-animated human husks walking blindly into fountains, crosswalks and lamp posts. Wake up people. We are in the middle of a science fiction movie here. …

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