• Surrendering privacy, from cradle to grave

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be …

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  • Independence Co.: Little Arkansas

    Of all the 75 counties in Arkansas, Independence may come closest to having natural features similar to the entire state! First, the outline of the county includes notches in the northeast and southwest regions, but both are greater than the state’s. Black River forms much …

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  • Eugenics tweak

    Recently I read a news story about North Carolina lawmakers trying to figure out a way to compensate people who were involuntarily sterilized in the state from 1929 to 1974. It includes about 7,600 people. Apparently, North Carolina is one of 31 states that had …

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  • Declare independence from government

    In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to reaffirm some of the thoughts and principles we have lost sight of. And so it is that we need to renew our independence. More than 55 percent of Americans now receive some …

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  • A newsworthy week: Differences in coverage

    If you woke up Thursday in San Francisco, you may have seen the boxcar headline “DOUBLE VICTORY” atop the San Francisco Chronicle’s front page, the start of a 12-page report — a print celebration, really — on the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings regarding same-sex marriage. …

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  • Bear’s home was Arkansas

    Had it not been for World War II, Paul “Bear” Bryant would have probably been named head coach at the University of Arkansas in 1941, and changed the state’s football history forever. Paul William Bryant was born Sept. 11, 1913, in Cleveland County in southcentral …

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  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of typos

    I hope you enjoy your watermelon, fireworks and parades this Independence Day. I’m sort of burned out on the holiday. Somehow or another I got corralled into proofreading a history textbook chapter on the American Revolution. Whether because of political correctness, a desire to give …

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  • Cavemen had parenting problems, too

    A few years ago I had the opportunity to interview a lady who worked in a public school for 35 years. Personally, I can’t IMAGINE working around kids for that long and not losing my sanity. In my current job I see a lot of …

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  • Berry pickin’ time

    As the sun barely peaked over the Gravelly Spur, Grandma Kitty walked from the spring with a pail of milk. They kept milk and cheese in the cold waters of Frogleg Creek to keep them cold. As she walked towards the porch and the sun’s …

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  • Catholic school incisive, not divisive

    I don’t know what President Obama was thinking. Speaking in Northern Ireland last week, he said Catholic schools are divisive: “If towns remain divided, if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear …

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  • An E-Z fix

    My grandfather used to tell a story about a fellow who proposed to end poverty by taking half of the rich folks’ money and giving it to the poor. Asked how this was being received, the man said, “I checked with the poor and they’re …

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  • 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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