• New sports at Olympics

    With memories of the 2012 Olympics fading faster than the life expectancy of North Korean athletes who failed to medal, I confess I was disappointed that new, exotic sports weren’t added to this year’s Games. So who’s for spicing up future Olympics with some dazzling, …

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  • In Europe, prosperity on vacation

    Boy, our friends in Europe sure know how to vacation. If they get sick while taking their employer-paid vacation, their employer now has to pay them to take another. According to The New York Times, all 27 countries within the European Union, and all employers …

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  • Newport woman known as gypsy

    Caroline Tracy Dye was born into slavery in South Carolina about 1843. Even as a child, she reportedly astounded others by foretelling events and seeing things not visible to those around her. In later years, people from throughout mid-America traveled to “Aunt Caroline’s” home for …

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  • Remembering the significance of VJ Day

    Consider this fictitious scenario: In the summer of 1950, President Thomas E. Dewey faced a national security crisis of extraordinary proportions — one that his advisors agreed likely would define his presidency. After beating his Democratic opponent in 1948 by a comfortable margin, Dewey received …

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  • Democrats’ declaration of dependence

    The belief that no one owes me anything is one of the greatest gifts my hardworking, blue-collar father gave me when I was young. His words carried me through some difficult times growing up, sustained me through widowhood, years back, and helped to shape me …

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  • Stumbling along

    Mitt Romney has to be more relieved than an Iowa corn farmer in the middle of a thunderstorm to be back on home soil. Arms wide. Head back. Wet face. Smile. Podium steps. National Anthem. The American electorate may harbor an ambivalent attitude towards the …

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  • Buying better raspberries

    My children and I had been busy picking raspberries, enduring the heat of the sun. We finally felt we had enough to fill all of the orders so, sweaty and thirsty, we retreated to the cool of the house. We filled the flats and found …

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  • Redefining life: Our son’s stories

    My son, Louie, 24, and another young man, Robert Ames, 23, are just a year apart, almost to the day but they share a common history. Both young men have had to fight for their lives at a young age while their mothers learned about …

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  • Want hope? Make a change

    President Obama was supposed to be all about hope and change. But after almost four years he’s squeezed the hope out of most of us. A new Rasmussen poll is the latest proof that the only hope of getting out of our economic ditch is …

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  • I owe Mitt an apology

    Presumptive nominee Mitt Romney is seemingly fixated on apologies. He’s obsessed with apologies like Bristol Palin is obsessed with teen abstinence—like BP is obsessed with clean energy—Marcus Bachmann with curing homosexual men … Mitt’s book is titled “No Apology.” He’s convinced the problem with Obama …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    The Arkansas tourism industry grew by 4.3 percent last year, the largest annual increase since 2008. Travelers through Arkansas spent $5.6 billion in 2011.  The number of travelers increased to more than 23 million, the highest number in three years. That figure refers to the …

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  • Shedding light on gastroparesis

    Independence Co. woman shares struggle, career with Dick Clark Productions   Frances Lacey would have been honored to have been Dick Clark’s daughter, but she isn’t. While the Independence County woman worked for Dick Clark Productions in California for 34 years and got to know …

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