• Why Mike Rice had to go

    Retired professional basketball coach and former basketball player Phil Jackson once said: “Not only is there more to life than basketball, there’s a lot more to basketball than basketball.” Someone should have told that to Mike Rice, Rutgers’s retired-by-being-fired former basketball coach. Rice was fired …

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  • Play ball — 2013

    Forget the robin. Ignore the tulips. Do not let the Easter Bunny, hummingbirds or awakening bears hoodwink you. The first baseball thrown in anger is the true harbinger of spring and calendar alarm for the lazy discard of the heavy encumbrances of winter. Ditch the …

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  • Well done, Lady Thatcher – The passing of the Iron Lady

    Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest leaders of the Cold War, of the 20th century, and of British history, has died at the age of 87. I’ve referred to her as one of my Cold War seven: Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech …

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  • Homeschool segregation

    Some think marriage equality is the civil rights fight of our time. Patrick Stewart made news when he called domestic violence against women the “single greatest human rights violation of our generation.” But here in Texas, we’ve got a much bigger fight on our hands: …

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  • I’m already against the next war and you should be, too

    This week, the boogeyman is North Korea. Is anyone surprised? The Stalinist “Hermit Kingdom” is right out of central casting. Isolated, always bellicose, unpredictable, and on a war footing for decades: If the Korean War was an American citizen, it would be deciding about now …

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  • 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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