• Professor shares secret on how not to name a baby

    Kevin hung around my desk after class was over, and I could tell he wanted to visit. When I turned to him to see if he had any questions, he said he would like to talk privately. Usually this means a student is concerned about …

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  • New World forgotten

    Monday. I got up at the regular time (no need for you to know what that is); stumbled across the hall to my office, and opened up the computer to begin another fun-filled exciting day of dealing with crashed cars, mangled people and all that …

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  • Concerns about HIV discrimination

    Even after 30 years of fighting HIV, health experts say that the stigma and discrimination faced by those living with the disease remains one of the most significant barriers to treatment and prevention. The unequal treatment can occur in employment settings, or in educational opportunities, …

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  • You come at Elmo, you best not miss

    The very rich are different from us. For one, their Etch a Sketches are better. The handheld toy I played with as a boy must be tiny compared to whatever Romney used to reinvent himself in the Denver debate. Gone was the “severely conservative” firebrand, …

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  • Immigration policy imports poverty

    Here’s more utter nonsense from Capitol Hill. Hoping to avert what legislators predict may be the road to a “fiscal cliff,” Senate leaders plan to use the upcoming lame duck session between the November election and the 113th Congress to reach a comprehensive long-term debt …

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  • Status of African-Americans unsure during war

    One hundred fifty years ago the status of African-Americans was unsure at best. While they were considered property in the South, they were not treated any better by their northern counterparts. Despite the mythological ramblings of current day historians, the Negro was seen as a …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review: November ballot issues

    When Arkansas voters go to the polls on Nov. 6 they will not only elect candidates to elected office, they will decide on at least three ballot issues referred by the legislature and by Arkansas citizens. A high-profile issue is Amendment 1, which was referred …

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  • Mascot escaped, was shot by farmer

    The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville held a contest in 1895 to select the school’s colors. Cardinal red and white won, and from this the first UofA football team mascot became the Cardinal (red bird). Latin Professor John Futrall was the first coach. When the …

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  • Primitive accumulation in the news

    Adam Smith and other classical political economists used the term “primitive accumulation” to refer to the process by which capital was concentrated in the hands of some people, who became the employers of other people with only their labor to sell. As depicted by Smith …

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  • What are the 10 best days of your life?

    Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. —Ralph Waldo Emerson   If someone asked you to describe the 10 best days of your life, how would you answer? Most people start off listing the days their children …

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  • Timing the American experience

    My parents’ generation timed it just right. Born in the thick of the Great Depression, they were taught from an early age how to pinch a penny. Though they were little at the time, they experienced the sacrifices of World War II. My father was …

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  • October surprises

    When the end draws near and prospects darken, and polls solidify in the wrong direction, and the base sinks lower than the toenail clippings of a Galapagos turtle, does the practiced political operative give up? No sir, they whip out their secret weapon. Not the …

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