• The GOP Autopsy

    Normally you don’t expect to see the words “Republicans” and “introspection” right next to each other. Like supermodel and barbecue. Physicist and polka. Gazelle and ophthalmology. You catch my drift. But that’s exactly what happened last week, when the Republican Party released a 100-page report …

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  • Obamacare is crumbling

    Obamacare is falling apart before our eyes. The long-term care insurance program known as the CLASS ACT was deemed financially unworkable and shut down by the administration’s own actuaries. Taxpayer-funded health care cooperatives never got off the ground and were shut down in the fiscal …

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  • Horse racing was an early sport

    Prior to the Civil War, virtually every Arkansas town, with over 500 citizens, had a racetrack. Additionally, almost every plantation had a private track and breeding stock. During the 1800s, the very spot where Oaklawn Park sits today in Hot Springs was a open field …

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  • Being prepared is always a good idea

    “Be prepared.” That’s a motto I heard, once, somewhere. I wasn’t all that prepared when I agreed to join up with the Boy Scouts, along about 1967, after Steve Massey talked me into going on a camping trip with Jack Stevenson’s troop. Oh, sure, Massey …

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  • Why can’t every day be like Easter?

    Although it usually gets overshadowed by “Blue Christmas” in yuletide radio rotation, I still enjoy the Elvis Presley version of “Why Can’t Every Day Be Like Christmas?” Fans of the scripture found in John 3:16 might well ask “Why Can’t Every Day Be Like Easter?” …

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  • Parenting licenses should be required

    It’s funny how something small and seemingly insignificant can set you off sometimes. I was loading groceries into my car last week when I heard a couple screaming at each other. They were standing next to their car and arguing over who would deal with …

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  • The hope of Heaven

    In response to recently being diagnosed with a rare and terminal type of brain cancer, sitcom star Valerie Harper declared, “we are all terminal.” In a cover story for People magazine and an interview on CNN, Harper, 73, stressed that she is determined to live …

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  • Mysterious, amazing: The hippo

    Over the years, mystery has surrounded the hippopotamus. Known for its gapping jaw, massive size, and aggressive nature, even the animal’s name led to some confusion. We now know it has a Greek origin meaning “river horse,” and not “Rush Limbaugh” as some liberal commentators …

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  • Sunshine Week unexpectedly dark this year

    Thank goodness the legislators from western Arkansas and across the state let us know they support Arkansas’ vanguard Freedom of Information Act. Routinely, they begin conversations saying, “I support the Freedom of Information Act.” If a “but” follows that opening clause, well, at least we …

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  • Priorities show weapons more important than schools

    Thinking and reading about last week’s closing of 23 public schools by the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, I’ve concluded the closings are necessary, though insufficient to address the fiscal crisis of the school district. Other school districts, including some of the nation’s largest like Chicago, …

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  • Henry Starr: One bank too many

    Henry Starr never became famous like his counterparts Jesse and Frank James or the Dalton boys, but he claimed to have robbed more banks than both gangs combined. Starr was born in 1873 in Indian Territory (Oklahoma), the son of George and Mary Starr and …

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  • Out of the mouths of babes

    Of all of the assignments I’ve been asked to do at my church, my favorite has always been in the nursery. The children range from 18 months to nearly 4 years old. They are so cute, and they think I’m wonderful, unlike some adults who …

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