• Territorial governor steered Arkansas out of wilderness era

    John Pope was the third territorial governor of Arkansas and a man who helped steer Arkansas out of its wilderness era. However, his outspokenness would spark many political fights within the new territory. Pope was born in 1770 on his parents’ farm in northern Virginia, …

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  • We shouldn’t take truck drivers for granted

    Are you ready for long waits, bare store shelves and higher prices? According to the Business Insider website, the trucking industry has a shortage of 30,000 drivers. The American Trucking Association expects the shortage to skyrocket to 239,000 by 2022. The larger trucking firms expect …

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  • Labor Day: A historical perspective

    Labor Day is just around the corner. For most Americans, this means little more than the end of the summer social season. Kids and college students alike return to school, leaving relieved parents to grasp some sense of normalcy. Cookouts flare on and friends get …

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  • Want the cure? Go to bed

    You won’t believe this one. According to agencies such as the American Medical Association and the Center for Disease Control and even according to our very own United States Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the youth of America have a serious health risk. Want to know …

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  • The dirty dozen

    Clean eating has become a way of life for me and my family, and I promote that to others as much as possible. But some people keep telling me that eating clean isn’t possible for them because it’s too expensive or organic produce just isn’t …

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  • What we’ve managed to accomplish in Iraq

    We have been at war with Iraq for 24 years, starting with Operations Desert Shield and Storm in 1990. Shortly after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait that year, the propaganda machine began agitating for a U.S. attack on Iraq. We all remember the appearance before Congress …

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  • Truly transcending Obamacare

    While the dominant Republican slogan on health care remains “repeal and replace,” there is little agreement on what “replace” means. But if we wait until Obamacare can be repealed before developing a consensus on positive health care changes, major parts of Obamacare will be even …

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  • Arkansas actress Gail Davis befriended Gene Autry

    In the days when Westerns dominated the new invention of television, one Arkansas actress charmed audiences across the nation with her colorful portrayals. Gail Davis, once called by longtime friend Gene Autry “the perfect Western actress,” was a familiar face on television and film in …

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  • James Foley showed courage in the face of danger

    To just mourn the brutal death of photojournalist James Foley … seems not enough. To just be sickened by the shabby and cowardly manner in which he was beheaded by the terrorist group ISIS … feels inadequate. And to hear his killers say Foley died …

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  • When gov’t teleworkers don’t work from home

    It was just a matter of time for the program to be abused. I refer to the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which provided government employees the opportunity to do their jobs from home. Teleworking is generally a good concept. Federal employees who work from …

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  • Lessons to be learned

    “Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”             —Martin Luther King Jr.   We are now heading into the second week of protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting of …

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  • Home is where the heart is

    I’m a firm believer in recycling. That doesn’t only mean that you have to sort your trash and put the recyclables in a separate plastic bin. It can also mean anything from wearing hand-me-down clothing to decorating your home with used furniture. There are times …

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