• Don’t be alarmed

    Baby, it’s hot outside. If it wasn’t for the refreshing cold front pushing through parts of the U.S. right now, one might be tempted to think there is something to all that global warming nonsense that conveniently breaks out every time it is warm enough …

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  • Ledge update

    LITTLE ROCK  —  Arkansas state government ended its fiscal year with a budget surplus of about $145 million. The governor proposed spending the surplus in three main categories — Medicaid, economic development and capital projects at colleges and universities. When combined with money left over …

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  • Talk of draft dodgers gets cease fire

    The times, they are a-changin’. Forgive the anachronistic reference to a Bob Dylan song, but it’s in the service of a point. There was a time when his music, as well as the war he protested, was relevant in American politics. Whether presidential candidates avoided …

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  • Get fired up for freedom — start fighting for it

    When Chief Justice John Roberts upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare, he didn’t just betray conservatives. His twisted legal logic also betrayed the American people by opening the door to the largest expansion of federal power since Social Security was enacted. Roberts and his new liberal …

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  • Pugh’s Mill artist used concrete to construct faux wood parts

    Dedicated on Aug. 6, 1933, the Old Mill in the Lakewood subdivision of North Little Rock was the vision of land developer Justin Matthews. He started the first residential development, Park Hill, in the same area in 1921. As plans were made for Lakewood, Matthews …

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  • Price gouging prevented

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Arkansas was in a political and military lockdown.  As the Federal Army inched its way through the state, Thomas C. Hindman took full control of the state.  The past several columns have related various General Orders given by the …

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  • Best fishing spots are usually kept secret

    It was the first weekend of fishing season, and I was taking my family to my favorite fishing spot. I stopped at a gas station to fill up, and one of my best friends, Lenny, pulled in beside me. I could tell by the gear …

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  • Teachers, leave them kids’ sunscreen alone

    What’s so fair about a fair complexion? I ask that as one who tires of “clever” remarks about onlookers being blinded by my legs when I wear shorts, and as someone whose family attends a whole lot fewer afternoon ballgames than Dracula. Yes, sun damage …

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  • Get rid of fear

    Martin Luther King said, “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” I’ve interviewed several combat veterans.  Most admit to being afraid. But there are two reasons soldiers are able to conquer their fear: 1) They have extensive training. 2) …

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  • Why Obama keeps an enemies list

    When the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel exposed that the Obama campaign is keeping an enemies list and spending vital resources attacking Romney supporters, many liberals gasped in surprise. Richard Nixon and Senator Joseph McCarthy kept lists of names to be targeted, but Obama keeping …

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  • Upholding veterans’ quality of life

    What is quality of life for our veterans? The meaning for most upon returning home is security. Jobs that offer equitable pay with benefits, home ownership, education opportunity. Many veterans returning home bring with them acquired skills. Skills they did not have prior to entering …

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  • White County holds claim to state’s third largest diamond

    The Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro is the only place in the world where the public may search for diamonds and keep what they find. It is also the only place in North America where diamonds are found in their natural matrix. John …

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