• 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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  • Genetically engineered children

    “Sit down over here. It won’t take but 20 minutes for us to custom-design your fetus.” “You want to custom-design our child, doctor?” “In the summer of 2012, University of Washington researchers made a massive biotechnology breakthrough! Few people talked about it at the time.” …

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  • ‘If it’s a legitimate rape …’ Let’s just stop you right there

    U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) made headlines over the weekend for his scientifically inaccurate and misogynist description of how women’s bodies deal with pregnancies conceived through rape. Akin was a guest on St. Louis-based KTVI-TV’s Sunday morning talk show “the Jaco Report.” The host, Charles …

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  • Ban those obnoxious media, political and cultural phrases

    If you’re a political and media junkie, you know one truth: Your head starts to spin after a while — even more than the political spinners you see every day on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN — due to obnoxious, trite and overused phrases that …

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