• Our life is not really our own

    As Memorial Day rolls around, I am reminded of a story that I heard. Though the exactness of it I cannot confirm, I am assured its basis is quite factual, and it’s message definitely deserves to be retold. The story is of a man, Andrew, …

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  • Not asking for much; just trying to be ‘OK’

    Recently I read a news article that really disturbed me. OK, most news stories disturb me but on a scale of 1 to 10, this one rated pretty high. I know we read all the time about people scamming the welfare system. We watch news …

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  • Donald Trump: The rape apologist

    Donald Trump thinks it’s a no-brainer that so many American servicewomen are raped by their fellow soldiers. Last week, when the increase in these crimes was the subject of a Senate hearing, Trump tweeted: “26,000 unreported sexual assults (sic) in the military-only 238 convictions. What …

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  • Whirlpool in FS should purchase devalued homes

    When Norge Co. opened a refrigerator-manufacturing plant in Fort Smith in 1962, it arrived to great fanfare and support from the community. When Whirlpool bought the plant in 1966, community support continued. Over the years, the plant expanded and became a reliable employer of Fort …

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  • 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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