• Union forces paused to celebrate George Washington’s birthday

    One hundred fifty years ago, Union forces in Little Rock celebrated President George Washington’s birthday by putting on display a pass and review of the Third Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.). According to the National Democrat newspaper, following “a salute of 13 guns by Vaughan’s Battery announced …

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  • Don’t like food stamps? Raise the minimum wage

    Say you’re philosophically opposed to food stamps. Let’s say you feel better about yourself by calling those who’ve hit hard times freeloading parasites. Suppose the very idea someone somewhere may be cheating the system is enough for you to support snatching all subsidized sandwiches out …

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  • Former local resident was state’s first lt. governor

    Calvin C. Bliss was one of the thousands of Arkansans caught in the chaos of the Civil War and Reconstruction, but he came to Arkansas as an educator and became the state’s first lieutenant governor. Bliss was born in Vermont in 1823. As a young …

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  • First Arkansas cartoon in 1852

    William “Bill” Quesenbury, who pronounced his surname “Cushenberry,” was a writer, printer, soldier, poet, artist, and the state’s very first cartoonist. Born on Aug. 21, 1822, in Crawford County, Quesenbury attended school in Fort Smith and college in Bardstown, Ky. His first job was writing …

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  • No, there’s not a new national anthem

    Just like millions of Americans a few weeks ago, I got totally caught up in the Super Bowl craze. Granted, it wasn’t my beloved Chicago Bears playing, or my husband’s favorite, the Dallas Cowboys, but still, there’s nothing like three hours of football, complete with …

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  • SI swimsuit issue

    Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!,” available at amazon.com.   It disgusts me more every year. I speak of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which is published the …

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  • Bumbos, boosters and highchairs, oh my! Study: Injuries from falls on the rise

    When my kids were growing up, a highchair was about as sophisticated as a feeding seat got! Nowadays, parents have more options, including Bumbo seats, to make feeding little ones more convenient. But with the convenience of these upgraded highchairs and alternate feeding seats comes …

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  • Losing ourselves in snow, cold

    Let’s keep it together, people. I speak of the way we are responding to record snow and cold sweeping across vast regions of the country. People are cussing at snowplow drivers and each other. Panicked shoppers are fighting over toilet paper and milk. Americans are …

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  • Green Rush munchies

    It’s easy to imagine an arena full of Phish fans raising and waving their lighters to honor U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for suggesting the feds might help states that legalize pot by allowing dispensaries to utilize banking services. Way to go, Super AG. That’s …

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  • Learning to cook

    When I was growing up one talent that both my parents stressed I should acquire was learning to cook. Perhaps it was their foresight that it would not be likely to find women in my generation willing to dedicate themselves totally to cooking, cleaning and …

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  • Legitimizing rape

    The charge of rape is a successful way to smear your enemy. When political agitator Andrew Breitbart was met with Occupy protestors one year at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he started screeching, “Behave yourselves and stop raping people!” Russian President Vladimir Putin used this …

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  • Helena was busy garrison for Union army

    One hundred fifty years ago, Helena was a busy garrison for the Union army. According to a dispatch sent from Gen. Buford, a large number of Confederate scouts was captured in the Delta. Buford related that 28 Confederate privates were sent to Alton and six …

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