• State provided wagons; Mill provided cornmeal

    State provided wagons When the nation celebrated its 200th birthday back in 1976, every state appointed Bicentennial Commissions to plan special events throughout the year. The idea for a wagon train came from the Pennsylvania commission. They wanted to purchase exact replicas of wagons that …

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  • Beware the infrastructure (clichés), my son

    A stitch in time saves nine. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can lead a horse to water, but if an outdated bridge collapses on it, the meat will wind up marketed by IKEA. These are truisms I hope to …

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  • Go ahead, steal this video

    Back in 1971 when the hippie revolution’s Pied Piper, Abbie Hoffman, authored “Steal This Book” he got the very outrage he sought. Thirty publishing houses rejected it and, when the book finally came out, more than a dozen newspapers refused to print ads to promote …

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  • How to combat summer boredom

    The summer months are almost upon us and everyone knows what that means. We are in the final few days of school and soon parents across the state will be scrambling to find solutions to the ever-popular kid phrase “I’m bored.” I don’t know about …

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  • Attitudes are a matter of relative differences

    My wife has a relative we call “Aunt Trudy,” who is perhaps the most pessimistic person I have ever met. There is nothing she can’t find a problem with. To her, the weather is always too hot or too cold, life always has too many …

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  • Tangled tango

    As part of the brash rash of wire-brush scouring on the Teflon coating that routinely seals the Obama presidency, a large heavy-duty cast-iron deal has been made of the IRS conducting audits on Tea Party-affiliated organizations. But scratch the surface and it makes a sort …

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  • Apple could pay for Moore

    Investigators say due to some creative Ireland-based tax gimmicks, Apple has managed to keep $75 billion away from the IRS’s reach just in the years 2009-2012. Even Sen. John McCain conceded, “Apple claims to be the largest U.S. corporate taxpayer, but by sheer size and …

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  • Churchill pushed medical laws

    Thomas James Churchill served only one term as governor of Arkansas (1881-83), but was able to pass legislation that made the state a much healthier place to live. Elected in late 1880, Churchill became governor after serving three terms as state treasurer. After passing legislation …

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  • Needed: Federal control of garage sales

    Having just helped my mother with her annual yard sale, I have come to a disturbing conclusion. As much as it pains me to say it, for the sake of buyers and sellers alike, the federal government needs to intervene in the yard/garage sale industries. …

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  • Scandals blend to form perfect storm

    When it rains, it pours. The combined weight of the three growing Obama administration scandals is weighing down the White House and overwhelming their ability to control the story or advance their agenda. In hospital triage, this is the equivalent of not having enough bed …

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  • Raising a generation of snowflakes

    I’m so excited that it’s baseball season again! I wasn’t always a huge fan but being married to a former sports photographer and sports editor will change one’s views on ballgames pretty quick. Now football does have its moments (namely, the Super Bowl, or any …

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  • Keep those catalogs a-comin’

    What America needs is a good Productivity Boosting Nap Pod, a device that looks like a dentist chair with a roof. As luck would have it, this 310-pound unit, that “provides optimal ergonomics for napping,” is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $16,000. Dagwood Bumstead take …

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