• Squatting on the U.S. Flag

    If you believe the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, you might be tempted to conclude that the CIA lied to the press and the public and to Congress about the extent and effectiveness of its torture campaign. And that conclusion would be correct, …

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  • Start off the New Year right — set financial goals

    With the new year about to start, many people begin looking at setting goals they want to achieve in 2015. They might set goals for their health or fitness, for example. It’s important to set financial goals as well. Many people wish their finances would …

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  • I love loosies and the people who sell them

    The cops who ganged up on Eric Garner, got him into a chokehold, and mashed his face into the sidewalk didn’t intend to kill him. They intended only to show him who’s boss on the streets of Staten Island — and show him in a …

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  • Ho, ho, ho, on the Death Star we go …

    My 11-year-old came home from school a few days ago and informed me that some kids on the bus have told her if she doesn’t believe in Santa, she isn’t a Christian. No folks, I’m not kidding. Now I’ve always told my kids they aren’t …

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  • Lights are flickering, and halls are decked

    Flickering lights shimmered in the breeze hanging from trees, light poles, porch eaves and buildings as I drove around my hometown last week. It is such a heartwarming sight to see the efforts made both by our city staff and individual property owners to raise …

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  • Letter to the next generation

    Dear boys, Dad here. I want to tell you about something that happened to me yesterday. A friend of mine at the office, a black woman, asked me to join her at a protest about that unarmed 18-year-old who was shot by that police officer …

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  • Morale hit all-time low in Confederate Army

    One hundred fifty years ago, the “irregular war” in Arkansas was the order of the day. As the Civil War dragged on, December 1864 was unusually harsh for soldiers on both sides following three years of hard fighting, marching and dealing with military life. This …

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  • Batesville resident Uriah Rose, founder of Arkansas, American bar associations

    Uriah M. Rose was an attorney who believed in the importance of integrity, ethics, and education for himself and his fellow lawyers. Because of his work, Rose would impact not only the standards for legal practices in Arkansas and the United States but also impact …

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  • Winter Wonderland

    It was a cold, dreary Monday night, and I wasn’t feeling well. But because of the memories of taking my now-grown children to the Christmas parade in downtown Batesville, I wanted to go anyway. Now that we’ve moved back to Batesville, I want Madelyn to …

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  • Playing follow the leader

    It was the day before Thanksgiving, and we were on our way to visit some relatives. It was a long way, and we had hoped to get off early, but, as things usually happen, we didn’t leave until after noon. Thus it was late by …

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  • The implosion of Bill Cosby

    The world is watching the career and reputation of comedian Bill Cosby disintegrate virtually overnight in a humiliating, seemingly-daily, public miniseries involving a flood of allegations, many decades old — but increasingly believable. Because there’s now a pattern. A reported 17 women have (so far) …

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  • Conversation about respect

    Do we really need more conversations about race in America? Mainstream media, politicians and activists have been fanning the flames of race since August when a police officer killed a man who had just strong-armed robbed a store and refused to get out of the …

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