• Investing in others Cotton and Jane Carrier

    As I shifted through the box of photos and newspaper clippings, it carried me back to days sitting in a room of young people playing “The Wabash Cannonball.” Often in those gatherings, two ardent participants who took the time to encourage these young musicians of …

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  • Oil spill questions need answers

    Editorial from the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper in  Conway:   We expect to hear of bizarre happenings in our county from time to time: shootings, traffic accidents, fires, even tragedies. But a ruptured pipe leaking oil into neighborhoods near a lake is not anything that …

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  • Can public business be ‘private’ conversation?

    The First Amendment protects our free speech from government control, punishment or interference — but when public officials speak freely through private e-mail accounts or mobile phones, are they free to ignore freedom of information laws? On one hand, they are paying from their own …

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  • Who are you letting into your head?

    Have you ever been infuriated by someone’s Facebook post? You’re not alone. One minute you’re mindlessly trolling pictures of your high school girlfriend’s nephew’s graduation, the next minute, someone’s political post makes your head spin. How could they possibly be so misinformed? Wrong question. The …

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  • FDR’s fireside chat brings fame to Little Rock doctor

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke of him in a fireside chat, and Gary Cooper portrayed him in a movie. Had it not been for those two events, the heroics of Arkansas native Corydon M. Wassell might never have been known to the world. Cory Wassell …

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  • April Fools

    The calendar says Monday is April 1, but lately it seems that foolishness occurs year-round. As one who devoted much of his life to the family business of pranking people, I’m often asked if folks are more difficult to trick today than six decades ago …

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  • Cover it up!

    A few months ago my 10-year-old was selling magazine subscriptions to help raise money for her Girl Scout troop. Now I’m a huge fan of Readers Digest and Redbook and my husband loves Men’s Health, so it wasn’t too hard to make selections for us. …

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  • Raising minimum wage will help businesses succeed

    The migration of women from the workforce into business ownership is one of the great economic realizations of the American Dream. The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce has grown to more than 500,000 members. Most of our members are small business owners. And we aren’t …

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  • Hiding my own Easter eggs

    One year, my daughter, Celese, invited us to come to her house for Easter weekend. She also invited my father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Corky. Whenever we are there, we always have a pizza party and movie night. I buy the pizza and rent whatever …

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  • Springtime in Washington, D.C.

    Ah, springtime has arrived in Washington, D.C. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is under way. The cherry trees, 3,700 of them given to America by the Japanese in 1912, are in full bloom. One incident involving the trees reminds me why Americans are so wary …

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  • Concentration camps and abortion clinics

    On a cold and snowy day in January a few years ago, I took a guided tour through the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. Charcoal-colored skies paired with a blanket of freshly fallen snow offered a monochromatic glimpse of what life must have been like …

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  • Why isn’t there a war on Easter?

    Why haven’t these clever secularists tried to take over Easter just like they’ve allegedly hijacked Christmas? What’s taking them so long? Bill O’Reilly deciphered the secret scheme to de-Christian Christmas. On his Christmastime program last year he said, “I absolutely agree 100 percent that the …

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