• What you don’t know about Janna Ryan may surprise you

    While the nation is getting to know Paul Ryan better since his selection as Romney’s running mate, it’s time they become acquainted with his mate of 14 years, wife Janna Ryan. With a sunny personality, friends describe her as very sharp, down-to-earth and a good …

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  • Trickle-down economics: Pyramid scheme

    A few years ago, I had a friend who didn’t want anyone to know she was going to therapy. Instead, she would announce at her work she was leaving to attend her Amway meeting. At one point I had to inform her, “You know that …

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  • Are you ready for immortality?

    According to ABC News, “Business Insider” and other sources, phrases such as “Nobody lives forever” and “death and taxes” could become quaint relics in just a few decades. Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov and 30 top Russian scientists have formed a collective called The 2045 Initiative, …

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  • Decisions, decisions

    Our guest today is John J. Smith of Carson City, Nevada, who is certified by the Gallup Organization as an “undecided voter.” Q: Mr. Smith, what does the “J” stand for? A: Joan. My parents weren’t sure if they wanted a boy or girl. Q: …

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  • Obama’s last, desperate attempt to save capitalism

    The Obama administration recently announced the creation of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown, Ohio — a “public-private” consortium of manufacturing firms, universities, community colleges and nonprofits from the Ohio-West Virginia-Pennsylvania Tech Belt coinvesting with the federal government. The seed money, $30 …

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  • On handwritten letters

    I received an unexpected postcard in the mail the other day from an old friend. It made my day. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten a handwritten letter from a friend — it has to be 10 or 15 years. What’s worse, I …

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  • America’s greatness

    One of the worst things that could be said about any of us is that greatness passed before us, and we failed to recognize it. It happened to me yesterday when I found myself out of sorts because my best friend was en route to …

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  • You won’t hear this in Christie’s keynote speech

    Anyone interested in all things “Jersey” knows two things by now – Snookie managed to procreate and Chris Christie is set to give the keynote address during the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday (delayed a day because of Tropical Storm Isaac). I keep …

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  • 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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