• When gov’t teleworkers don’t work from home

    It was just a matter of time for the program to be abused. I refer to the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which provided government employees the opportunity to do their jobs from home. Teleworking is generally a good concept. Federal employees who work from …

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  • Lessons to be learned

    “Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”             —Martin Luther King Jr.   We are now heading into the second week of protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting of …

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  • Home is where the heart is

    I’m a firm believer in recycling. That doesn’t only mean that you have to sort your trash and put the recyclables in a separate plastic bin. It can also mean anything from wearing hand-me-down clothing to decorating your home with used furniture. There are times …

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  • What does library vote say about Fort Smith?

    The fact that the Fort Smith Public Library failed to gain a millage increase is a cause for sadness among those who saw the library’s plan as a route to a better community. The meanness, the anger and complete misinformation behind its loss should be …

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  • Dr. Drew’s diagnosis without facts

    On CNN’s “Headline News,” just hours after Robin Williams was found dead by his own hand, Dr. Drew Pinsky, “Dr Drew,” went on national TV, vehemently announcing to the world that he was certain Williams’ “mental illness” was due to having a “biological disorder” that …

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  • About Town (8/18/14)

    The Batesville Community Theatre was at it again. You may remember the article I wrote a few weeks ago about their wonderful production of “Nunsense.” Well, let me be the first to tell you that I was excited to learn they were going to have …

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  • Media and Missouri: What the heck is going on?

    What in the heck is going on with the police in Ferguson, Missouri, and journalists? The St. Louis suburb has been the scene of peaceful protests and charged emotions, and nightly chaos and rampant looting, following the Aug. 9 shooting death of a black teenager, …

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  • 13-year-old served in Confederate army, later became governor of Ark.

    Thomas Chipman McRae grew up surrounded by the chaos of the Civil War and the desperation of Reconstruction. The oldest of five children, he led his family through difficult times. But he would remember his own family’s hardships and worked as a legislator, congressman, and …

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  • A big new tax coming to your Internet bill

    Since 1998 it has been prohibited by federal law for states and localities to tax Internet access. This policy, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has been extended three times with broad bipartisan support. But it’s set to expire again on Nov. 1, and …

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  • Ebola ignorance, marketing of fear

    It takes a special kind of jerk to market fear and exploit public ignorance in the midst of a health emergency — and, sure enough, members of this repellent American subspecies are already flapping their yaps. It’s horrible that the latest outbreak of Ebola — …

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  • Dillard’s makes Conway a destination

    The announcement of the new Central Landing shopping center, to be placed on the area of the old municipal airport, was reason enough to celebrate earlier this year. But now it seems like things are beginning to get real. This past week, the revelation that …

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  • Many American Jews don’t support Israel

    The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine has renewed tensions over Zionism in an unlikely place — the United States. Last October, long before the present crisis began, Pew Research found that “[American] Jews’ feelings for Israel are equaled or even exceeded by those of …

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