• About Town

    Do you ever get a craving for really good cheese dip? Not the yellow canned stuff from the supermarket, but the homemade, melt-in-your-mouth creamy cheese dip that can only be found in Mexican restaurants.  Now don’t get me wrong, a block of Velveeta, a can …

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  • The most important wagon

    After the Teton Dam broke and flooded the valley, everyone busily worked to help those who had been affected. My dad owned both a large farm and a business selling farm equipment, and the tractors were quickly put to use moving mountains of mud and …

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  • Do you want some guns with your fries?

    If you were out to dinner, particularly with kids, and some manly guys jonesing for food showed up toting AK-47s or AR-15s, would you feel comfortable? Or would you get up and leave the restaurant? I ask this, because the latest manifestation of gun rights …

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  • Unique businesswoman/adventurer, Theodosia Nolan

    Theodosia Nolan was the embodiment of southern style and grace in an age when that all too often seemed to be fading. But it was her sharp business sense that prompted her to work with her brother and sisters to create a Fortune 500 company, …

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  • BMI testing and form letters: Place blame where it belongs

    The latest story making the news this week that’s causing a whole bunch of outrage is the Staten Island mother who is going after the New York State Board of Education for telling her 9-year-old daughter that she is obese. The kid is 4’1 and …

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  • Casual racism vs. institutionalized racism

    We as a nation have become really good at punishing casual racism. You know, using the N-word or saying overtly cruel things about black people in the presence of a recording device. Robert Copeland, an 82-year-old town police commissioner in New Hampshire, resigned this week …

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  • Congratulations, graduate! Welcome to the Real World

    And now, an open letter to all you new grads. Congratulations. Good job. Way to go. Bet you thought this day would never come. And if memory serves, it probably almost didn’t. Anyhow, welcome to the real world. And please be aware that we use …

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  • D-Day at 70: Some nagging questions

    I generally pay no attention to 70th anniversary observances, saving up my energies for the 75-year “diamond jubilee” milestones. I am making an exception for June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day. To put it bluntly, five years could make a lot of difference. According …

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  • About Town

    Well folks, it’s that time of year again. Despite the rain we’ve had this week, summer is knocking on our door. School years are ending, winter clothes are packed away, air conditioners are running, and everyone seems to be making plans for what they want …

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  • The imprinting of Elliot Rodger and us

    When the news first hit that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six students in Santa Barbara, it didn’t foreshadow the horrific details yet to come. Six promising young lives knifed and shot dead. Families instantly plunged into grief. Rodger’s film industry parents getting his 137-page biographical …

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  • When desegregation came to Arkansas

    The decision had been 60 years in the making, but when it came, it was like an earthquake across the South. The Supreme Court handed down the Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 4, 1954, declaring that the “separate but equal” doctrine that …

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  • My dog is smarter than most … (fill in the blank)

    She’s only 7 weeks old but she’s smarter than …, well, most people I come in contact with! Ha! Gotcha, didn’t I? You thought I was going to claim she is smarter than other dogs. Well, she very well might be. After just one week …

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