• Infrastructure success story

    The stories about the declining state of American infrastructure are everywhere — road and bridges, airports, railways, water and sewer systems. There’s never enough money and we’re always being forced as taxpayers to pay more. But there is one type of infrastructure that has had …

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  • Post offices and early roads

    The U.S. Congress approved a road from St. Louis to Arkansas Post in 1816. Pioneers and post offices would follow in slow fashion. Davidsonville, on Black River, would be the first place to establish postal service on June 28, 1817. Arkansas Post, on the lower …

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  • State Historical Society formed 150 years ago

    One hundred fifty years ago, Arkansawyers were busy trying to protect not only their homes and property from destruction by Confederate and Union armies, the citizens of the state were also trying to protect their history. This week in 1863, concerned citizens met in Little …

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  • Let’s have more wrist slap punishments

    I’m being facetious when I say that this country needs more wrist-slap punishments, but things have gone to the other extreme far too long. Pay attention to the news and you’ll be surprised at how many firings and forced resignations (in business and government) come …

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  • Stand still

    As I stood upon a chair hearing my friends play outside, I just knew that I was going to miss something. Every fall, I always knew that some of my time would be spent standing on a chair as my mother knelt with straight pins …

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  • A game you’d want to throw

    I turned on the History Channel last night just in time to catch the last little bit of a show on Chichen Itza. I can’t tell you how cool it is to watch a show on television about a place you’ve actually seen in person. …

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  • Ban on gruesome images threatens free speech

    For those of us who worry about the vitality of free speech in the “land of the free,” the news this week isn’t good. On June 10, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a Colorado appeals court decision banning anti-abortion activists from displaying “gruesome …

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  • ‘A little lemonade goes a long way’

    The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb … and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:6)   The above scripture verse came to mind when we read the latest Westboro Baptist Church-related story out of Topeka, Kan. The story came about when 5-year-old …

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  • Freedom of too much information

    We are all celebrities now. Ever since we won Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006, the same year we first found out about the National Security Administration spying on us, we’ve all become essentially public figures. It’s the new equality: We are all …

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  • Toy gun buyback? Just shoot me

    According to Townhall.com and other sources, Stobridge Elementary School in Hayward, Calif., may be shooting itself in the foot, publicity-wise. As part of a safety day, the school sponsored a touchy-feely toy gun buyback program, rewarding students with books and bike raffle tickets if they …

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  • World record stood 17 years

    Howard “Rip” Collins needed to check out his outboard motor and fishing gear, because his son was driving over from Memphis and wanted to fish on the Little Red River. It was May 5, 1992, so Rip and his friend, Van Cooper, had nice spring …

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  • America is in need of all the good dads it can get these days

    It’s no news to anyone that I disagree strongly with President Obama on just about any issue or policy position you can name. But I’m not the least bit uncomfortable saying I admire something about the president that transcends politics and makes him a role …

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