• Still as relevant as ever – Newspapers: Vital part of community

    Where was it that you heard about the so-called demise of the newspaper? Probably, you read about it in your daily newspaper; because, as Mark Twain, a journalist himself, was able to write to a friend: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” And …

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  • GOP Breaking Bad

    You can smell it as soon as you drive into town. Gilroy, Calif., calls itself the “Garlic Capital of the World,” due to its big garlic crop and its top-of-the line Gilroy Garlic Festival, which features authentic garlic ice cream. At first you can’t pinpoint …

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  • Monitoring teens’ social media isn’t going too far

    A school district in suburban Los Angeles has recently been all over the news for its decision to hire an outside investigation firm to monitor students’ social media. The school in Glendale, Calif., is paying a company called GEO Listening $40,500 to monitor the social …

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  • Some blue-collar horse sense needed

    Editor note: The following is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   The article in The Washington Post filled me with hope: There’s a trend toward college-educated people getting into …

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  • The collegiate football experience

    Lyon to take on rival Hendrix When I set foot on the Middlebury College campus in the Champlain Valley in Vermont, I was a long way from major college football. Middlebury is a Division III school and a member of the New England Small College …

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  • Recharges good, like a cigarette should?

    Having been bombarded with umpteen Internet ads for “electronic cigarettes,” I resolved to find out what the dadblamed things are. An e-cigarette, I found, is a battery-powered device that delivers a fine spray of nicotine without any flame or smoke (although it does have a …

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  • Arkadelphia became Confederate HQ

    One hundred fifty years ago, as the Confederate forces in Arkansas were reorganizing following the Federal victory in the Little Rock campaign, Arkadelphia became the headquarters of the rebel army in Arkansas as Gen. Holmes regained control of his forces. Arkadelphia was the hub of …

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  • Senator Ahab is a Sneetch, and you can’t teach a Sneetch

    There no longer lies any shame in obsession. Monomania reigns supreme in this country. Along with twerking. Once a month the local news features sports fans who have turned entire houses into shrines to their favorite team. We all know the conspiracy guy with his …

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  • Obama doing the Clinton Two-Step

    I only make predictions that are easy. That’s why they come true. I have no formula. You can do it, too. Just apply appropriate historical precedent, context and logic. Prediction: Syria will keep the vast majority of their chemical weapons and Iran will have nuclear …

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  • Kennedy dedicated dam 50 years ago

    Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy came to Arkansas and dedicated the Greers Ferry Lake project. It was his last major appearance before his ill-fated trip to Dallas, 50 days later. On that sunny Oct. 3, 1963, the youthful president remarked, “Ten years from …

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  • Well-meaning, ostentatious baby names

    What’s in a name? Way too much these days where babies are concerned. According to The Wall Street Journal, parents are obsessing over what to name their kids. They’re hiring consultants, applying mathematical formulas and software programs and even bringing in nutty spiritualist types. One …

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  • The bread basket is running low

    “Only two things are infinite: The universe and human stupidity, and I’m not so sure about the universe.” —Albert Einstein   Wow. Sure seems to be a whole lot of hoopla in the news lately about the SNAP program. First, we got to hear all …

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