• Carl Garner, the man behind Greers Ferry Lake

    William Carl Garner was a good-natured and gracious man, but through his many years of hard work became the man who put Greers Ferry Lake on the map and became the heart of the northcentral Arkansas lake community. Garner was born in Sulphur Rock in …

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  • In the age of ‘Digital Cheese,’ we’re the rats

    Plenty of people had good reason to be in a foul mood back in 2012. The Detroit Tigers. Members of the Romney family. And, after making the acquaintance of a windy lass named Sandy, most of New England. Now, we can add to that list …

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  • Our Katrina moment

    Before we move onto the next crisis, let’s get one thing straight about what’s happening on the Texas border. This is not Barack Obama’s Katrina moment. This is everyone’s Katrina moment. I do not relish criticizing Obama. I have defended him on Benghazi, the IRS, …

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  • French celebrate Bastille Day today

    Americans have the Fourth of July, and the French have Bastille Day — July 14. Bastille Day is the name given in English speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on July 14 each year. In France, it is formally called La …

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  • Carl Garner: Part of The Greatest Generation

    It was an honor to have served, as a member of Congress, and cooperated with Carl Garner as he maintained Greers Ferry Lake as resident engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Carl cared for the Lake like it was his own child and …

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  • About Town

    Last Friday night I had the opportunity to attend what I’m going to call the party of the summer. And to be honest, party doesn’t even begin to describe what it really was. Of course you may have guessed that I attended the annual firework …

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  • Confidence in government sinks: Should we care?

    Did you greet the news with horror, stoic resignation or yawns? I speak of the Gallup Poll (conducted between June 5 and 8) that reveals confidence in the presidency at the lowest point since the financial crisis at the tail end of the Bush administration …

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  • Some flour, a broom and a lesson on being needed

    As I looked down at the flour on the floor and the straw of the broom as it meets the floor at the edge of heap, I swiftly moved it through the white powder. In the motion, my mind sweeps over my memories and I …

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  • What about the right to paid vacation?

    Ah, summer is here. We all know what that means: The rights crowd will demand that our politicians pass new federal laws to make paid vacation mandatory. It is true that the United States is the only advanced economy that does not require employers to …

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  • SCOTUS ruling

    For all the times I have argued with people (and, yes, I have done some of that) about … issues, I don’t recall a single time when somebody with an opposing viewpoint stopped and said “Yes. I see what you mean. Now that you’ve explained …

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  • Commonwealth College threatened Faubus’ political career

    The small college tucked in the hills of southwestern Arkansas wouldn’t last long. However, the reputation of Commonwealth College lived long after its namesake, spread far beyond its Mena-area confines, and threatened to derail the political career of one of Arkansas’ most famous and notorious …

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  • Why giving everyone a trophy sets us up for failure at work, in life

    Giving away meaningless trophies doesn’t inspire anyone to new heights of improved performance. Nor does it build self-esteem. The token trophy movement that started in peewee soccer is having a chilling effect on the workplace. As leadership coach, I routinely encounter leaders who don’t give …

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