• 50th anniversary of the TV ad that changed politics

    Happy anniversary, Daisy girl! What would politics be like today if she hadn’t burst upon the scene 50 years ago — a freckled tyke blown up in a nuclear blast, the star of America’s first gut-punch TV ad? If the “Daisy ad” hadn’t smeared Barry …

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  • Farm fresh

    Two cars pull up side-by-side in the back of an empty movie theater parking lot. The cars faced opposite directions, so the driver side windows are parallel. After a brief conversation between the drivers, money exchanges hands for a couple of plastic bags. The contents …

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  • Toltec Mounds are a mystery

    It is a story that stretches back more than 1,200 years in Arkansas, and it started with a letter. In 1876, Mary Eliza Knapp wrote to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., to report a curious find on her property near Scott in Lonoke County, …

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  • Biggest difference between success and mediocrity for teachers, leaders

    Do you remember your most horrible teacher? What about your worst boss? You can probably still hear their words in your head. I have vivid memories of my sixth-grade teacher, whom I shall not name, peering over her glasses at me, rolling her eyes, and …

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  • The vindication of President Nixon

    Forty years ago many Americans celebrated the demise of the imperial presidency with the resignation of Richard Nixon. Today, it is clear they celebrated too soon. Nixon’s view of presidential powers, summed up in his infamous statement that, “when the president does it that means …

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  • Carbon pawprint: Should pets be banned?

    Could it be that the “elephant in the room” is literally an elephant in the room? Yes, most of us try not to think too hard about the precious resources used by our precious four-legged companions; but a “community discussion” in the Salon online magazine …

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  • Life, liberty and the right of a child to fire an Uzi

    The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use … an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That …

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  • Government doesn’t care about U.S. workers

    Another meaningless Labor Day has passed. For many, the holiday represents a day off from work and the end of summer. Some attended local parades where they heard candidates pledge to create jobs. President Obama, in Wisconsin, said that under his direction, the economy has …

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  • Central High and Faubus’ legacy

    In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that “separate but equal” public schools were unconstitutional and ordered and end to segregation in schools across the U.S. In the South there was resistance — often violent resistance. But desegregation …

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  • Free speech for dummies

    Do you remember the first time that you learned about the United States Constitution? More than likely it was during sixth-grade social studies class. My husband teaches that class and it’s definitely in the current curriculum. It comes up again in ninth-grade civics, and if …

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  • Please don’t judge

    Facebook and Twitter have their places, and sometimes social media is very helpful to this writer. I can use it to get opinions, ideas and sources. But it can also be a great source of frustration when people post things out of ignorance.  Made-up stories …

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  • Jamestown and the infamous (and not so famous) ‘James boys’

    Jamestown is one of those little communities that if you blink your eyes, you’re through it. About eight miles southwest of Batesville, it sits at the bases of Jamestown Mountain near Jamestown Creek. In the 1840s Daniel James, land speculator, began settling the area. Along …

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