• Fifty Shades of Romney

    The GOP convention in Tampa is spending $20 million to build a hi-tech stage for Mitt Romney that will convey what flesh and blood has so far failed to do: warmth, trust, intimacy (the same thing that I get from iTunes for $.99 when I …

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  • Avoid making excuses

    We’ve all heard (and given) our share of excuses. “My computer crashed, I got stuck in traffic, no one told me I was supposed to do it, the dog ate my homework.” It’s frustrating to encounter in others, but we’re often guilty ourselves, “I was …

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  • From the Arkansas House of Representatives

    According to the latest Census figures, 14.6 percent of our state’s population is over the age of 65. The nationwide average is 13.3 percent. And as baby boomers continue to get older, we expect that number to increase with time. That is why issues impacting …

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  • Actor born in Mountain View

    Actor/singer Richard Ewing “Dick” Powell was born Nov. 14, 1904, in a frame house that still stands today on Mountain View’s Main Street. His father was a machinery salesman who traveled throughout north Arkansas. Young Powell learned the basics of music from merchant George R. …

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  • Genetically engineered children

    “Sit down over here. It won’t take but 20 minutes for us to custom-design your fetus.” “You want to custom-design our child, doctor?” “In the summer of 2012, University of Washington researchers made a massive biotechnology breakthrough! Few people talked about it at the time.” …

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  • ‘If it’s a legitimate rape …’ Let’s just stop you right there

    U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) made headlines over the weekend for his scientifically inaccurate and misogynist description of how women’s bodies deal with pregnancies conceived through rape. Akin was a guest on St. Louis-based KTVI-TV’s Sunday morning talk show “the Jaco Report.” The host, Charles …

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  • Ban those obnoxious media, political and cultural phrases

    If you’re a political and media junkie, you know one truth: Your head starts to spin after a while — even more than the political spinners you see every day on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN — due to obnoxious, trite and overused phrases that …

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  • The bold choice

    With the election slipping away like a handful of mercury on a turbocharged merry-go-round, Mitt Romney managed to change the conversation from unreleased tax returns and foreign misadventures by plucking Paul Ryan out of the Wisconsin wilds to be his running mate. “Romney-Ryan.” Short, alliterative …

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  • A grandmother next door

    I opened the can and took a big breath through my nose. There was nothing quite like the smell of barbecue Charles Chips. I sure loved those chips as a boy; they were delivered like milk to the house and replenished into that metal can …

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  • Immigrant welfare abuse hits Americans’ wallets

    Pulling into town soon-maybe where you live will be the UndocuBus, the so called “Ride for Justice.” In a shameless exhibition of United States immigration law flouting, the bus has emblazoned on its side “Sin papels, sin miedo” (“without papers, without fear”). According to its …

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  • How to live well in retirement

    Are you concerned about being able to pay for a secure and happy retirement? The good news is that there are many costs that retirees typically don’t face, such as commuting to their job, buying a business wardrobe or saving for their children’s college tuition. …

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  • Do you ever wish you could get other people to change?

    Who hasn’t wished that their boss, spouse or in-laws would change? We’d love to possess a magic change potion we could give the offender to help them see the error of their ways. We delude ourselves into believing that our desire is not for our …

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