• 4 reasons the world isn’t as bad as you think

    Do you ever feel like the world is going in the wrong direction? War, strife, poverty and pettiness abound. It’s easy to think that humanity is going from bad to worse. But if you take a long view of human history, things are improving at a …

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  • Governor’s Mansion opened in 1950

    Until 1950, the governors of Arkansas had to provide their own housing while in office. The first efforts to establish an official residence was led by the Arkansas Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1944-45, which failed. But, two years later, a Governor’s Manson Commission was …

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  • Fickle communications during Civil War

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Confederate and Federal armies were in a constant state of motion on account of available forage and many other factors. In a letter written on Nov. 11, 1862 shows the Confederate Army in motion amidst an array of intangibles …

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  • We reap what we sow

    So, guess what? I’m disappointed, along with the other 57 million people who voted for Mitt Romney. Even still, disappointment and failure is never an excuse for any of us to give up. From that first big slug in my gut after my husband was …

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  • Our status is quo

    Mitt Romney and Barack Obama were more gracious and eloquent after the election than during the long campaign. They each sent the right signals Tuesday night, but will anything change? The real news of the ’12 election is that the nation is more sharply divided …

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  • No, Virginia, this hyperpartisanship will not last forever

    “DEAR COLUMNIST: I am 13 years old and in the 8th grade. “Some of my friends say America will never be able to put back together after the highly divisive Presidential election and that due to hyperpartisanship people will never work together to solve our …

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  • What happens next in the state House

    Election night is just the beginning for those who will be elected to serve in the 89th General Assembly. Just days after the election, newly elected members will gather for the first time on the House floor to make some very important decisions that could …

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  • Football, ice and snow

    As we approached the last football game of the season, the final one that would determine if we made it to the playoffs, Coach reminded us that, above all, good sportsmanship was highest priority. He also informed us that snow was predicted and told us …

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  • At last: Veterans Day comes to TV

    TV is about to begin an annual event of honoring our nation’s veterans and — with some 900 World War II veterans dying each day — it can’t come a moment too soon. On Sunday at 7 p.m., PBS and Capital Concerts (the company responsible …

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  • Jeep: Another American brand being made overseas

    “China is one thing, but Italy?” “Ah, yes, you speak of the recent hullabaloo surrounding the Jeep brand.” “You got that right. I don’t want our prized American brands being made anywhere but America!” “Relax. Mitt Romney was playing footsie with the truth when he …

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  • Corporate copyright cartels

    Over the past couple of days, I’ve seen a lot of alarmism over Disney’s buyout of Lucasfilm. That’s to be expected, of course. As someone who hates large corporations, copyright and copyright-enabled corporate control of information, I sympathize — believe me. The fears of Star …

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  • Who will win the 2012 presidential election — and why

    Looking for the dead-solid skinny on the upcoming presidential election? You’ve come to the right place. As a public service, we’re going to tell you right here and now who wins this thing, and why. Mitt Romney will win because of Hurricane Sandy. Barack Obama …

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