• Internet gambling ban is a losing bet

    Most Americans, regardless of ideology, oppose “crony capitalism” or “cronyism.” Cronyism is where politicians write laws aimed at helping their favored business beneficiaries. Despite public opposition to cronyism, politicians still seek to use the legislative process to help special interests. For example, Congress may soon …

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  • A matter of survival

    When the last Census results were counted in 2010, it appeared that we’d had the smallest population growth in the last 10 years since the Great Depression. That’s surprising to me considering all the immigrants we have. And the Duggar family. Granted, I haven’t thought …

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  • Sneak peek at Thanksgiving 2034

    There is no shortage of pundits who could do a worthy job of waxing philosophical about the things we should or shouldn’t be thankful for at Thanksgiving 2014. Rather than get lost in the shuffle of those traditional analyses, I’m going to take a different …

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  • 1st woman doctor in Arkansas

    Ida Brooks was born in 1853 in Iowa to preacher and Arkansas politician Joseph Brooks. But Ida would come to outshine her political father and become a pioneer in education and medicine in Arkansas in a time when women were typically sidelined. Her family would …

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  • Tradition of giving thanks

    The Thanksgiving holiday has a long tradition here in the U.S. The Plymouth Colony observed the first Thanksgiving in 1621. George Washington and other early Presidents directed the country to celebrate Thanksgiving in an on-again, off-again fashion until Abraham Lincoln made it an official annual …

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  • Homelessness is a real problem

    Last week, my Facebook feed was filled with comments about the homeless situation in Batesville. Homelessness and hunger are two things I take seriously, and it has always weighed heavy on my heart to do whatever I could do to help those in need. Over …

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  • Death of Col. Joe C. Porter, CSA

    Winter has come early to the Ozarks. According to the news, it’s the earliest date with only four other times in documented history as this early, the farthest back being the late 1800s. It reminded me of the stories of the long trek into Batesville …

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  • Christmas Creep

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And some folks aren’t too happy about it. Many of our readers will remember a time when we celebrated the fall and winter holidays in some sort of order. First there was Halloween. The stores filled their …

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  • Penny wise and parks foolish

    At least once in a lifetime every American should lay eyes on the Grand Canyon, whose brilliant colors and dazzling erosional landscape inspire a kind of planetary patriotism. Stretching 277 miles long and a mile deep, it is perhaps our nation’s greatest natural treasure. If …

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  • It’s time to think over ‘under God’

    Did you hear atheists are suing God? According to Fox News’ for-profit preacher Mike Huckabee they do it all the time! “Dear Lord!” he tweeted this week, “Atheists are suing God AGAIN!” Never mind the spurious premise of a group of people suing the very …

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  • De-clutter your house

    As the old Tyree luck would have it, I was near the end of my month-long exile from work (following laser prostate surgery) before I stumbled across the book “5 Days To A Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways To Clear Up Your Space.” Of course …

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  • AOL: You’ve got spam

    It’s been years since I used AOL for any kind of meaningful email but I can’t bring myself to close the account. I keep thinking that somewhere in my cyber past there’s an old friend about to reach out and all he has is my …

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