• America the Mostly Beautiful

    Note: In the fall of 2010, as part of a book project, ex-newspaperman Bill Steigerwald retraced the route John Steinbeck took in 1960 and turned into his classic “Travels With Charley.” Steigerwald drove 11,276 miles in 43 days from Long Island to the top of …

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  • First postmaster at Evening Shade

    As stated in this 1991 drawing, one of the legends surrounding the naming of Evening Shade involved Native Americans, who reportedly carried their corn from Norfork to Thompson’s Mill for grinding. While it may be true that Indians visited Capt. William Thompson’s mill, apparently they …

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  • It’s time for some language resolutions

    Here’s hoping there’s no new black in 2013. Gray worked as the new black for a while. And, sure, November’s big Latino vote meant brown was the new black, but, really, making anything else the new black in the New Year would be, you know, …

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  • Celebrity resolutions

    Paris Hilton: I’m going to do much more for others in 2013. To begin, I’ll help feed the hungry by planting a lot more crops in FarmVille. Justin Bieber:  I intend to keep a lower public profile in the New Year. At least, after my …

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  • The Best, Worst and Most of 2012

    Here’s my annual list looking at 2012:   Worst Political Primary Performance of the Year  Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s run for president. It wasn’t just his lackluster performance, forgetting his own program during a debate, or that video suggesting he had either an attack of …

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  • School condom dispensers: Do they pass the test?

    According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, over the holiday break the one-third of Philly high schools with the worst record for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were outfitted with clear plastic dispensers full of free condoms. This pilot program is touted as a pragmatic response to an …

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  • 2013 ‘Precap’

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot? How ‘bout the presidential campaign, the 112th Congress and Newsweek magazine? Journalists usually favor year-end recaps of news but as a public service I’m going to focus instead on the glorious months ahead, in this handy precap of 2013: JAN. …

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  • Why I don’t much like liberals

    Although people like Bill O’Reilly habitually refer to establishment liberals as the “far Left,” they are two very different things. What we identify as mid-20th century, New Deal liberalism is rooted in the Progressivism of the turn of the 20th century. The Progressives came largely …

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  • Names from Christmas Past

    This unusual editorial cartoon appeared in the Guard and several other Arkansas newspapers during the Christmas season in about 1971. I had been cartooning for the Guard for eight years, and had recently re-joined the staff after getting married and working two years as editor …

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  • If we ever needed Christ in Christmas, it is now

    This year, the politically correct gestures of seasonal salutation (Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, etc.), which for too long have served as substitutes for the real thing, have become vacuous, stale and boring. This year, somehow, they seem especially inadequate to express the sentiment we so …

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  • Gun control won’t prevent tragedy

    It’s not tougher gun control, stupid. No matter how much tougher we make our gun laws we’ll never prevent future tragedies like last week’s murder of those innocents in Newtown, Conn. We won’t stop future Newtowns if we outlaw every military-style assault weapon in America. …

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  • Sacrifices to the gun worshippers

    Journalists often exaggerate by using the phrase “shattered lives.” But when it comes to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, it isn’t an exaggeration. What parent in their worst dreams could EVER think that when they kissed their little child goodbye in the morning, two …

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