• Thankful for rural America

    This week, Americans across our nation will gather around Thanksgiving tables with family and friends. Every year at this time, I am reminded how blessed we are to have a strong, vibrant rural America which provides so much for each of us, every day. Rural …

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  • Offering a very belated ‘thank you’

    It is Thanksgiving and I have been considering the many things I am thankful for and wondering what I should write about. There were too many things from which to choose, so instead I sat down to read the newspaper. One thing I am thankful …

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  • State has long history with movies

    With more than 75 movies totally and partially filmed in Arkansas, the state has enjoyed a connection with motion pictures since the beginnings of the industry. Probably the first Arkansas-made film, in 1915, was a short documentary depicting the life and death of David O. …

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  • Who benefits when top military brass fall?

    Everyone is preoccupied with the events surrounding the juicy sex scandal involving now-former CIA Director David Petraeus to the point they may not have noticed a pattern — a shake-down — that is taking place in our military top brass, much like the one currently …

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  • Finding the many advantages in knowing how to cook

    When I was growing up one talent that both my parents stressed I should acquire was learning to cook for myself. Perhaps it was their foresight that it would not be easy to find women in my generation willing to dedicate themselves totally to cooking, …

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  • Thanksgiving: Much to be thankful for

    Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. Even with all of the uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you have so much to …

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  • Dear Obama supporters: A letter from an anarchist

    Congratulations. Your preferred candidate won a second term as president. I’m sure y’all are too busy dancing in the streets and smilecrying and stuff to be on the Internet right now, but this will be here when all that is done. Now that Obama has …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    The 35 members of the Arkansas Senate elected their leadership and chose committee assignments for the 89th General Assembly, which begins on Jan. 14 when the 2013 regular session convenes. Sen. David Wyatt of Batesville will chair the Senate Efficiency Committee, which is in charge …

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  • 10 females who cost Romney the election

    Holey moley catfish. Well, thank goodness that’s finally over. Further thanks that the climax was quick and clean. Almost surgical. Not as long a night as many first thought it might be. Except for Karl Rove that is, who for all we know is still …

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  • 4 reasons the world isn’t as bad as you think

    Do you ever feel like the world is going in the wrong direction? War, strife, poverty and pettiness abound. It’s easy to think that humanity is going from bad to worse. But if you take a long view of human history, things are improving at a …

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  • Governor’s Mansion opened in 1950

    Until 1950, the governors of Arkansas had to provide their own housing while in office. The first efforts to establish an official residence was led by the Arkansas Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1944-45, which failed. But, two years later, a Governor’s Manson Commission was …

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  • Fickle communications during Civil War

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Confederate and Federal armies were in a constant state of motion on account of available forage and many other factors. In a letter written on Nov. 11, 1862 shows the Confederate Army in motion amidst an array of intangibles …

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