• Holiday has changed since pioneer days

    By the mid-1800s, Christmas traditions in frontier Arkansas were modest and mostly religious celebrations. Only the wealthy decorated their homes and gift-giving consisted of small items that would be placed inside children’s stockings. Many changes occurred by the late 1800s, when the holidays took on …

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  • Secular Humanists bid all a ‘Merry un-Christmas’

    That “most wonderful time of the year” has arrived, and with it, most predictably, another round of attacks (yawn) by Secular Humanists doing their best to destroy the season by removing the Christ child from the creche. Yes, these are the same people who think …

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  • British nurse hoaxed by radio prank, commits suicide – Totally unthinkable?

    How could she possibly do it? How could nurse 46-year-old Jacintha Saldanha possibly take her own life after two Australian radio DJs using bad accents crank-called a hospital in Great Britain, and tricked her on the air into transferring them to get confidential information on …

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  • Forget the calendar

    Underground bunkers. Food stockpiles. Suicide pacts. All of these are coming into play as people interpret the infamous Mayan calendar to mean that the world will end on Dec. 21. According to a Reuters survey of 16,000 people in 21 countries, at least 10 percent …

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  • The End?

    For whatever it’s worth to you folks, I am 92.4 percent certain that the world will not end on Dec. 21. This is in contrast to the 96.8 percent certainty it won’t happen today. These beliefs are based upon the fact that I have not …

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  • Surviving the fiscal fall

    “I’m not sure I have the energy to keep up.” “Ah, yes, you speak of the latest self-created crisis in our government, what some refer to as the ‘fiscal cliff.’ If Congress and the president don’t agree to new terms on spending and taxes, the …

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  • Your last Christmas?

    What if this was your last Christmas? What if this was your last chance at Christmas Eve, Christmas morning, and Christmas dinner? Would you make the effort to go home for the holidays? Would you make time to take the kiddos to drink hot chocolate …

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  • Bias against bias — media under attack

    Mainstream media, or “lame stream” as Sarah Palin prefers it, came under increased attack during the presidential campaign, mostly among conservatives who railed against a perceived liberal tilt. “It goes without saying that there is definitely media bias,” said Paul Ryan on the stump, claiming …

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  • The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2012

    First a disclaimer: The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2012 should not under any circumstances be confused with the Top Ten Legitimate News Stories of 2012. They are as different as red satin cummerbunds and Liar’s Dice. Duck liver and Spanish moss. Matched pearl …

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  • ‘Shane’ star born at Hot Springs

    Alan Ladd was born to an American father and a British mother, who had settled in Hot Springs after their wedding there in 1912. After his father suffered a heart attack and died in 1917, Alan and his mother lived in poverty, without friends or …

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  • Women in combat: Leave courts out of it

    Editorial from The Texarkana Gazette, Nov. 29, 2012 Women have served with distinction in the U.S. armed forces for years, but are mostly restricted to non-combat roles. And some say that’s just not right. Four women — three serving in the Reserves and an active …

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  • Money mistakes

    Consumer confidence is up. Black Friday sales hit a high. The housing market is rebounding. You’re finally seeing dollar signs. This is going to be your year. You’re going to get a raise, recoup your savings, build up your business. But those dollar signs in …

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