• Friend or foe?

    Maybe you were never told. Maybe you just forgot. But you probably don’t think about your car “spying” on you. According to the New York Times, there is a growing controversy over the fact that 96 percent of new vehicles sold in America (and 150 …

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  • Detroit’s demise

    My family lived in Detroit from 1955 to 1956, during which time I attended second grade in a public elementary school. That was the first year my parents moved back to Michigan from Minnesota and North Dakota, where my father did his medical specialty training. …

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  • Trial nothing but soap opera

    In a better world we should never have been subjected to the Zimmerman trial. But politically motivated prosecutors in Florida turned a local tragedy into a race crime, and then the media turned a murder trial into a primetime soap opera. The trial accusing George …

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  • Big fears

    Humans are complicated. We have physical fears, like being afraid of fire ants or going bungee jumping. We may over exaggerate these fears, but they’re based on a semi logical understanding of risks. But then there are our emotional fears; this is where logic leaves …

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  • The Crocketts in Arkansas

    It is generally known that Col. Davy Crockett traveled the Old Southwest Trail through Arkansas in the late autumn of 1835, on his way to Texas and a hero’s death at the fall of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. As word spread that the …

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  • The window fans

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood.”    Even on the hottest nights of the summer, my father knew how to make our house ice cold. We lived in a modest …

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  • ‘Fear’ greatest threat to First Amendment freedoms

    At various times, every American likely has wished for less of some things that the First Amendment protects. Less hateful speech. One less noisy protest group. Or maybe even the swift departure of a media outlet or personality whose stance or voice is just grating …

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  • Insanity no excuse

    Don’t you just love it when your satellite provider or your cable company decides to give you a free channel for a month or two? Usually it’s one of the movie channels like Showtime or HBO, and I’ve seen all the movies on them hundreds …

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  • TV on trial

    George Zimmerman’s trial seemed to raise as many questions as it answered, but one thing was proved convincingly: television in courtrooms can have damaging effects. The jury had barely been seated when observers wondered why defense attorney Don West opened with a tasteless knock-knock joke. …

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  • Miscarriage in Texas

    To understand why Texas’ new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend. It’s a sad story, and despite what Texas Republicans might claim, it has nothing to do with abortion. It does have to do with a woman’s wellbeing, …

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  • Arkansas editorial roundup – Who was watching the lottery security director?

    There is something quite breathtaking in the extent of the crimes to which the former deputy director of security for the Arkansas Lottery Commission pleaded guilty Friday. Remmele Mazyck, who held his position from July 2009 until November 2012, came west with Ernie Passailaigue when …

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  • The wrongest side of history

    This week’s tale is a horror story about lessons learned by the GOP from the 2012 presidential election. And those teachable moments are … nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. Empty voids. “Hear the hollow roar of the Pod People. See them lash out at the unknown. …

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