• Thoughts about the new Star Wars movie

    Fans of the popular sci-fi franchise take their fictional universe very seriously. Any Stars Wars fan worth his weight in action figures knows that Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi never utters the phrase “May the force be with you” in the original 1977 film, “Star Wars.” …

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  • Artwork considered masterpiece

    Edward Payson Washburn became the most famous antebellum artist in Arkansas with his icon creation of the “Arkansaw Traveller.” The fact that he finished the painting only four years before his death at age 29, makes his wilderness masterpiece even more amazing. Born Nov. 16, …

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  • Ground Zero Cross: A display is not a shrine

    On March 28, a group of atheists in New York lost round one in their legal battle to keep the “Ground Zero Cross” out of the National September 11 Museum in lower Manhattan. Federal Judge Deborah Batts ruled that the two steel beams in the …

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  • Let’s teach real life lessons

    Wow. Things sure have changed since I was in school and I’m not so sure all those changes are good ones. Do you remember what bullying was when you were in school? You know, it was that mean kid who stole your lunch money or …

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  • Investing in others Cotton and Jane Carrier

    As I shifted through the box of photos and newspaper clippings, it carried me back to days sitting in a room of young people playing “The Wabash Cannonball.” Often in those gatherings, two ardent participants who took the time to encourage these young musicians of …

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  • Oil spill questions need answers

    Editorial from the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper in  Conway:   We expect to hear of bizarre happenings in our county from time to time: shootings, traffic accidents, fires, even tragedies. But a ruptured pipe leaking oil into neighborhoods near a lake is not anything that …

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  • Can public business be ‘private’ conversation?

    The First Amendment protects our free speech from government control, punishment or interference — but when public officials speak freely through private e-mail accounts or mobile phones, are they free to ignore freedom of information laws? On one hand, they are paying from their own …

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  • Who are you letting into your head?

    Have you ever been infuriated by someone’s Facebook post? You’re not alone. One minute you’re mindlessly trolling pictures of your high school girlfriend’s nephew’s graduation, the next minute, someone’s political post makes your head spin. How could they possibly be so misinformed? Wrong question. The …

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  • FDR’s fireside chat brings fame to Little Rock doctor

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke of him in a fireside chat, and Gary Cooper portrayed him in a movie. Had it not been for those two events, the heroics of Arkansas native Corydon M. Wassell might never have been known to the world. Cory Wassell …

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  • April Fools

    The calendar says Monday is April 1, but lately it seems that foolishness occurs year-round. As one who devoted much of his life to the family business of pranking people, I’m often asked if folks are more difficult to trick today than six decades ago …

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  • Cover it up!

    A few months ago my 10-year-old was selling magazine subscriptions to help raise money for her Girl Scout troop. Now I’m a huge fan of Readers Digest and Redbook and my husband loves Men’s Health, so it wasn’t too hard to make selections for us. …

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  • Raising minimum wage will help businesses succeed

    The migration of women from the workforce into business ownership is one of the great economic realizations of the American Dream. The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce has grown to more than 500,000 members. Most of our members are small business owners. And we aren’t …

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