• Country ramblings: Oscar, Vince and Ricky

    When I made my first appearance for the Grand Ole Opry in 1984, I had already appeared on shows with one of the long-running stars of the show Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan of Lonzo & Oscar. Lonzo and Oscar were one of country music’s best-known comedy …

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  • Apple: Rotten to the Core?

    Up-front disclaimer: I’m a long-time Apple fanboy. I bought my first Macintosh in 1994, and ever since then I’ve defaulted to Macs versus Windows PCs and even Linux boxes when I’ve been able to get one. To my mind, Apple’s design ethos is top-notch. Their …

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  • Trials, tribulations as only boy at all-girl school

    The Daily Beast article brought back several painful memories of my experience as the only boy at an all-girls school. According to the article, a public middle school in West Virginia is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for separating boys and girls …

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  • REMEMBER – A day etched in our memory

    September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever be etched in our nation’s memory. This week America will mark the eleventh anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. None of us …

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  • At ground zero, can there be a politics-free 9/11?

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Sept. 11 anniversary ceremony at ground zero has been stripped of politicians this year. But can it ever be stripped of politics? For the first time, elected officials won’t speak today at an occasion that has allowed them a solemn …

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  • Dale Evans lived in Arkansas as a child

    Dale Evans was born Frances Octavia Smith in 1912 near Uvalde, Texas. Her parents, Betty Sue and Walter Smith, were farmers and storekeepers. At age 7, Dale and her parents moved to Osceola, Ark., because of its reputation for cotton farming. Dale started to public …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review: Property reappraisals

    Almost all Arkansas counties reappraise property values every five years. However, if the market value of real property in a county increases by 25 percent during that five-year period, future reappraisals would be done every three years. Counties with rapid growth in market values will …

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  • Is medical ‘pot’ coming this fall, y’all?

    According to the Associated Press, on Nov. 6 Arkansas will become the first southern state to let voters decide whether they want to legalize medical uses for marijuana. Backers hope success in the Razorback State will lead to a domino effect of resistance fading in …

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  • Why Romney should lose

    There are four basic reasons I think Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney should and will lose this year’s election. First, Mitt Romney is a two-faced opportunist. He told Massachusetts voters they should elect him governor because he’s pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and “progressive”. Now he says …

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  • Civil War acts of violence

    One hundred fifty years ago, two opposing armies were ravaging the resources of Arkansas and the citizens of the state were increasingly weary of the acts of violence against them by soldiers. In Curtis’ march from north Arkansas to Helena, he left a wake of …

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  • Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the coolest prez of all?

    Barack Obama is probably one of the coolest presidents in American history. He reaches rock star status when cameras catch him sporting his Ray-Ban 3217’s, which are, for all you squares out there, designer sunglasses. That Obama owns the word “cool” is nothing new, but …

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  • Finding opportunity in disappointment

    It is amazing how disappointments can take various forms in life. I think often our childhoods are filled with little disappointments such as not getting something we really wanted — that pony. Perhaps by not winning the spelling bee or the science fair after so …

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