• 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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  • Thoughts of Mom and Dad on this Memorial Day

    As Americans nationwide mark Memorial Day, this will be my first Memorial Day without my dad. He was a World War II veteran. Since my father’s passing two months ago, seven years after my mother’s, I consider how both significant and ephemeral their lives were. …

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  • I remember Dad

    Memorial Day always brings memories of my dad and the stories he told us of his experiences in World War II — a collage of stories that had no order or sequence to my young mind. They were simply exciting stories set in exotic places …

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  • Benghazi smoke screen

    Up until about an hour ago, most Americans thought Benghazi was the guy who palled around with John Cassavetes back in the ’60s, but now it’s obvious we’re talking about the foreign policy arm of a multi-ramped tar pit the president has found himself swimming …

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  • United Nations to U.S.: ‘Eat a bug!’

    If the United Nations gets its way, the American diet will undergo an amazing metamorphosis. According to The Associated Press, the U.N. is touting edible insects as a low-fat, high-protein food for humans, pets and livestock. The international body believes that if we would join …

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  • Louise Thaden: Ark. pioneer flier

    Louise Thaden never enjoyed the international fame of Amelia Earhart, but she was her equal, becoming the first woman to set world performance records and win major flying events. Born in 1905 in Bentonville, Louise was the daughter of Roy and Edna McPhetridge. She attended …

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  • Getting it wrong

    Scott Pelley of CBS News raised eyebrows and passions among journalists at a Quinnipiac University luncheon the other day when he said, “Our house is on fire.” He was talking about challenges to the news business from within, as reporters become careless in a rush …

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  • Our life is not really our own

    As Memorial Day rolls around, I am reminded of a story that I heard. Though the exactness of it I cannot confirm, I am assured its basis is quite factual, and it’s message definitely deserves to be retold. The story is of a man, Andrew, …

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  • Not asking for much; just trying to be ‘OK’

    Recently I read a news article that really disturbed me. OK, most news stories disturb me but on a scale of 1 to 10, this one rated pretty high. I know we read all the time about people scamming the welfare system. We watch news …

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  • Donald Trump: The rape apologist

    Donald Trump thinks it’s a no-brainer that so many American servicewomen are raped by their fellow soldiers. Last week, when the increase in these crimes was the subject of a Senate hearing, Trump tweeted: “26,000 unreported sexual assults (sic) in the military-only 238 convictions. What …

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  • Whirlpool in FS should purchase devalued homes

    When Norge Co. opened a refrigerator-manufacturing plant in Fort Smith in 1962, it arrived to great fanfare and support from the community. When Whirlpool bought the plant in 1966, community support continued. Over the years, the plant expanded and became a reliable employer of Fort …

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  • 100 years enough for me

    Here’s one potential advance in science that has me worried: human beings may eventually live a really long time. According to the World Future Society, we are in the early phases of a superlongevity revolution. Thanks to advances nanotechnology and cell and gene manipulation, scientists …

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