• Does ObamaCare cover sticker shock?

    Rebecca was stunned when she opened her mail last week. Her insurance carrier, Highmark BCBS, said her health insurance premium would rise 40 percent this year and her policy would be canceled on Dec. 1, 2014. She had purchased the policy in 2009, after her …

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  • In all honesty: Tales about The Tooth Fairy

    I love to teach the children at our church. They are always so full of life, and I learn a lot from them. This last Sunday, teaching the 5-year-olds, was no different. My lesson was on honesty, but before we could get to it, we …

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  • Parents should talk to their teens about sex

    According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may know more than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) think that adults should inform them that they ought to wait to …

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  • The boy who lives for Halloween year-round

    “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things  that go ‘Momma! Momma!’ in the night,  Good Lord, deliver us.”  —Modified Scottish poem     Nov. 1 will be a red-letter day in the Tyree household. That’s when preparations begin for next Halloween. Yes, Gideon …

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  • 6-ton mastodons once roamed Delta

    “Mona” looms large inside the Arkansas State University Museum at Jonesboro. She is a full-sized prehistoric mastodon skeletal-cast. The bone parts that make up Mona are identical to the hundreds of fossilized mastodon remains found in eastern Arkansas. Surprisingly, Arkansas has more known mastodon sites …

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  • Confederate army facing long winter after series of failures

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Confederate army was licking its wounds following a series of devastating failures in Arkansas, including Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, Helena and Little Rock. The headquarters of the Trans-Mississippi Department was now in Shreveport, La., and the district, up until …

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  • Time to taper Halloween celebrations in schools

    Principal Orlando Taylor believed he was doing the right thing last week when he sent a letter home announcing to parents that Halloween celebrations will be banned this year at Inglewood Elementary School. But Taylor underestimated how many parents in Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania are emotionally …

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  • Columbus, friend of Santa, discovers Halloween

    Well, I tried. With the holiday season approaching and more things coming across the news, I was determined not to say a single thing this season and just let people bask in their delusions. And personally I think I did a pretty good job. After …

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  • Anybody else hate bifocals?

    This summer, shortly after turning 53, I finally “upgraded” to bifocal eyeglasses, and I must admit that I am underwhelmed. I was in denial about needing glasses at all until high school. Until about the time Fonzie made it cool to wear eyeglasses in one …

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  • Paid journalists pay off

    I am a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist. My column runs, I’m told, in nearly 90 newspapers each week and it just turned two years old. You might assume this means I went to journalism school, started at a paper and worked my way up. You …

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  • Remembering the excitement of trip to town in days of old

    On Saturday, Oct. 12, as my wife Debra and I cruised down the main street of Batesville, Arkansas, it was as if we had stepped back in time. The parking spaces were full. We saw friends and family walking down the streets laughing, talking and …

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  • Some of the perils of nasty ‘netiquette’

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   Boy, is technology making us ruder. I read with great delight a Wall Street Journal story about a couple …

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