• E-cigarettes should be e-regulated

    Let me get one thing out of the way: I hate cigarette smoke. Hate isn’t even a strong enough word for my violent contempt for smoking. It’s twofold: Smokers stink up common air and often litter common space. When people in public flick their butts …

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  • Becoming a bookworm – Fond memories of Conway Public Library

    At the end of World War II when my parents and I returned to Conway to begin life anew, we discovered that comfortable housing was in short supply. So while Daddy went about trying to buy a car — also in short supply, but a …

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  • Cuttin’ okra clears my head

    The hot summer sun beat down on the back of our necks as we moved along the rows of okra with a knife in hand stepping inch by inch between each stalk and cuttin’ off the pods from the bottom up and placing them in …

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  • Senator back to work

    For once, no snark from us about things and people that don’t work in Washington. On Monday, we were delighted to see someone who does: Sen. John Boozman. Starting last Friday, the old Grizzly was back at work for the first time since emergency heart …

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  • Ask the brats to leave instead

    The latest story to have everyone up in arms all over news stations and social media is the little toddler who was asked to leave a KFC restaurant because apparently, the scars on her face were “bothering” other customers and making them uncomfortable. Wow. I …

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  • Hillary’s ‘dead broke’ definition differs from yours

    Wouldn’t you love to be “dead broke” the way Hillary Clinton was? With speech and job and book opportunities stacked up on life’s runway, poised to whisk her to solvency? Last week, in the ABC News interview that launched her pre — presidential campaign, she …

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  • Arkansas is down on the dumps

    Illegal dumps are not only unsightly; they can endanger humans and the environment. Years ago, it was common to find piles of household garbage, old furniture and appliances, yard waste, unused paint and automotive waste on unsupervised private or public property throughout Arkansas, especially in …

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  • Getting cynical when government runs health care

    No wonder I am so cynical about government health care. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the Department of Veterans Affairs is facing some care-delivery challenges. As it goes, according to the VA’s internal audit report released last week, more than …

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  • Zombified

    You see them staggering down our streets, heads bowed as if in prayer, making the occasional grunting noise. Mindless drooling de-animated human husks walking blindly into fountains, crosswalks and lamp posts. Wake up people. We are in the middle of a science fiction movie here. …

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  • My evergreen column about the latest mass shooting

    My condolences go out to the families of the victims at fill-in-the-blank. I know the gun-manufacturing industrial complex has dubbed the wake of a tragedy as an inappropriate time to talk about their product. So let’s just eulogize the lives of the people lost to …

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  • Steamboat captured

    One hundred fifty years ago there was much military activity in south Arkansas. By mid June the Union army was still licking its wounds following the April 30, 1864 battle of Jenkins Ferry and was in need of replacing lost equipment and fallen soldiers. As …

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  • Drowning in excuses over swimming lessons

    The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of swimming safety education, not by patting itself on the back, but by redoubling its efforts to make us more prepared for aquatic mishaps. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that accidental drowning …

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