• 100 years enough for me

    Here’s one potential advance in science that has me worried: human beings may eventually live a really long time. According to the World Future Society, we are in the early phases of a superlongevity revolution. Thanks to advances nanotechnology and cell and gene manipulation, scientists …

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  • Grow up, already

    This country needs an enema. I paraphrase, of course, from Jack Nicholson’s take on Gotham City in his turn at The Joker. But when it gets to the point where we ignore the true absurdities our kids are witnessing every day and freak out over …

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  • Col. Cook led Arkansas troops

    When our nation declared war on Spain in April 1898, Arkansas was asked by the War Department to provide two regiments of trained National Guard soldiers to fight in Cuba. In fact, Arkansas had no well-organized guard units at the time. But, the call went …

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  • Mary Woods No. 2: An opportunity for Batesville

    National Tourism Week, celebrated in downtown Batesville on May 10th, reminded me that Batesville does not have a major tourist attraction. Visitors to Batesville come to attend festivals or seasonal events: the Arkansas Scottish Festival at Lyon College, the White River Water Carnival, the Batesville …

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  • American Pravda, a nation of Benghazigate

    Louis Brandeis, who served on the United States Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939, once warned, “Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto …

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  • Good parenting doesn’t include ‘Twilight’

    I can hardly believe it myself as I type the words, but this past weekend BOTH my daughters were in a … *gasp* PAGEANT. Now I know there are huge numbers of moms out there who think this is the greatest thing ever. They talk …

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  • Tips for vacation savings

    As school lets out for the summer, vacations are on many families’ minds. A Credit Counseling of Arkansas (CCOA) website poll showed that 84 percent of families haven’t had a vacation in the past year. Many can’t afford to take one unless they pinch their …

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  • A zero TV household

    Besides aliens with eyes in the back of their heads, a possible interracial baby mix-up at the maternity ward and “Bet he’ll laugh if I say ‘shoehorn,’” one of my most indelible memories of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” has proven strangely prophetic. Van Dyke’s …

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  • Worry about your own hog farm, please

    Editorial from Harrison Daily Times A colorful poster in the window of a business on Spring Street in Eureka Springs asks passers-by: “Do you want hog factory waste in our beautiful Buffalo National River?” The city of Fayetteville recently staged a protest in Eureka Springs against …

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  • Indecent exposure, or is it? Gender identity’s slippery slope

    Your 9-year-old daughter runs out of a public swimming pool shower, crying because a 45-year-old naked man is lounging in the sauna, “full monty.” You call the police. The police arrest you for violating the man’s rights and send both you and your daughter to …

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  • Reverse psychology vs. the Nanny State

    Get this: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban the sale of cigarettes (now legal to people at age 18) to people younger than 21. Yeah, that ought to work! Bloomberg, as you may know, has become the nation’s poster child for nanny-state …

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  • Tragedies, technology reshaping free press, speech

    Two national tragedies separated by six years and a day — the Boston Marathon bombing and the April 16, 2007, mass shooting at Virginia Tech University — also are notable in marking how technology is reshaping some uses of our freedoms of press and speech. …

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