• State Capitol Week in Review

    Last year Arkansas hunters harvested 192,748 deer, about a 4-percent increase over the previous season’s harvest of 186,165. The harvest of bucks went up from 82,973 to 85,284 and the harvest of does increased from 88,341 to 93,838. So far this season about 38,000 deer …

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  • ‘Gospel’ transported future governor

    James Philip Eagle, born in Tennessee in 1837, was brought to Arkansas by his parents in 1839. He grew up near Lonoke and became a deputy sheriff in Prairie County just prior to the Civil War. He served in the Confederate Army, rising to the …

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  • Snooze alarm for female biological clock?

    A recent story carried by The Associated Press is causing goose pimples among couples plagued by infertility. Scientists at Kyoto University in Japan have genetically reprogrammed skin cells from mice and changed them into eggs, leading to the successful production of baby mice. If the …

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  • What about the homeless?

    As a biographer of Ronald Reagan, I’m constantly asked to compare today’s fiscal/economic situation to what Reagan faced in the 1980s. Today’s record debt/deficits remind of the 1980s, though today’s are far worse, with the deficit at least six times as high — and debt-to-GDP …

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  • Union general could smell battle brewing

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Federal Army was not sitting idly by while the Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi were in the midst of reorganizing. While Helena hosted the majority of the Federal army in Arkansas, one cannot forget the scattered Yankee forces across …

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  • Why I’m against exceptions for rape and incest

    Politicians hone the art of the non-answer. The stock-often flippant-thing they say when asked a direct question; their go-to platitudes. For example: “What would you do about the war in Afghanistan?” Answer: “Listen to the commanders on the ground.” Translation: I wouldn’t DO anything. Another …

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  • Offshore ban leads to higher gas prices

    In the Hofstra presidential debate, President Obama said: “When I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse.” Wrong. Prices collapsed because we signaled to the world that we were finally moving forward …

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  • Arkansan Dizzy Dean was baseball great

    “Dizzy” Dean was born in Lucas (Logan County), Ark., on Jan. 16, 1910. Dizzy enjoyed creating confusion about his birthday and even his correct given names. While playing semi-pro baseball, Dean would “borrow” first names of other players he met. For a time he was …

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  • Halloween will never be the same

    Maybe it’s just the haze of nostalgia, but it seems that 40-plus years ago when I was trick-or-treating age, we could put the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, civil unrest and the drug culture out of our minds long enough for some good old-fashioned fun. …

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  • Interview with Big Bird

    A butler opens the door of the large Sesame Street brownstone and guides me to the parlor. Big Bird is sitting on a large couch, wearing a silk smoking jacket, holding a bourbon and enjoying a drag on what appears to be an unfiltered Camel …

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  • Cutting down on food waste

    When we were children, our mothers told us to eat all the food on our plates because it was good for us and bad to throw it out. Today, professionals who manage the disposal of our garbage say there are direct consequences of not cleaning …

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  • Math professor remembers initiation at pudding throw

    “OK,” our department chairman said as the department meeting wound down. “One last item of business. We need someone to go and support our math club at the Halloween Carnival.” I was the newest member of the department, the first addition in a long time. …

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