• Teachers, leave them kids’ sunscreen alone

    What’s so fair about a fair complexion? I ask that as one who tires of “clever” remarks about onlookers being blinded by my legs when I wear shorts, and as someone whose family attends a whole lot fewer afternoon ballgames than Dracula. Yes, sun damage …

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  • Get rid of fear

    Martin Luther King said, “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” I’ve interviewed several combat veterans.  Most admit to being afraid. But there are two reasons soldiers are able to conquer their fear: 1) They have extensive training. 2) …

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  • Why Obama keeps an enemies list

    When the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel exposed that the Obama campaign is keeping an enemies list and spending vital resources attacking Romney supporters, many liberals gasped in surprise. Richard Nixon and Senator Joseph McCarthy kept lists of names to be targeted, but Obama keeping …

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  • Upholding veterans’ quality of life

    What is quality of life for our veterans? The meaning for most upon returning home is security. Jobs that offer equitable pay with benefits, home ownership, education opportunity. Many veterans returning home bring with them acquired skills. Skills they did not have prior to entering …

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  • White County holds claim to state’s third largest diamond

    The Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro is the only place in the world where the public may search for diamonds and keep what they find. It is also the only place in North America where diamonds are found in their natural matrix. John …

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  • More orders issued

    One hundred and fifty years ago, the capital city of Little Rock was reinvesting its infrastructure to serve the purpose as the Head Quarters for the entirety of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi. Having served as Commander of the ATM only since late May 1862, …

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  • Citizenship test is harder than it looks

    “It’s not my fault I failed the test. It’s a lot harder than it looks.” “Ah, yes, you speak of the U.S. citizenship test, which Newsweek recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to complete. Nearly 40 percent failed!” “That’s because the test is riddled with trick …

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  • Court paves way for increased illegal immigration

    On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled against key parts of an Arizona law intended to deter illegal immigration in the state. As you can imagine, this ruling has wide-ranging effects for the ability of all states to fight against the tidal wave of illegal immigration …

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  • Stories shape lives

    My favorite memories are of my Dad telling my brother and me stories about his childhood. My Dad was a city boy from Washington, DC. Every summer he would head down to Walhalla, South Carolina to spend a month with his southern cousins who took …

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  • Privacy: old concerns echoed in new era

    Just how much should we worry about privacy? Near-daily incidents demand that we as a society redraw the line between our private lives and our public personas. The “public” is that part of us found in public records, subject to examination by government or disclosure …

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  • Father steals parenting tips from Bible

    A few years ago we were looking around in a local book store when a rack of novelty items caught my 4-year-old’s eye. “Daddy, Daddy… Look…” he exclaimed, grabbing a handful of my pants leg. A little keychain with a tiny jewel encrusted box attached …

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  • Ledge update

    LITTLE ROCK  — The state Board of Education has approved a new evaluation system for all Arkansas teachers that will be in place in 2014. It will affect about 35,000 teachers.  At least half the evaluation criteria will be improvement of their students’ scores on …

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