• Confederate Gen. Hindman’s first order

    One hundred fifty years ago, the minutia of the Confederate experience in Arkansas began a long and arduous journey through the annals of history. Union Gen. Sam Curtis had been steadily advancing through Arkansas following the White River; the back door to Little Rock was …

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  • Director should be fired

    In testimony to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan denied that the April 12 incident in Cartagena, Colombia, indicated deeper cultural or systemic problems with sex and alcohol in his agency. Sullivan said that no security breach resulted from …

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  • Homeless policy makes things worse

    During a recent trip to Chicago, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of homeless people in the downtown area, including one homeless man pushing a child in a stroller. Homelessness was frequently discussed during the 1980s, but seems to receive less media attention …

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  • James Black

    Craig Ogilvie “… the rest is history!” James Black was born in New Jersey in 1800, and became a runaway at age 8. In Philadelphia, he became a silversmith’s apprentice until he turned 18. Drifting west, Black lived briefly in Louisiana before settling at Washington, …

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  • Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream director’s chair

    You’re dreaming if you think I’m going to rush out and purchase a Remee (“the world’s first comfortable, affordable lucid dreaming mask”). The Remee (the brainchild of Brooklyn-based inventors Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan) is equipped with six red LED lights that are programmed to …

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  • Happy Memorial Day

    David opened the envelope, and two airline tickets and a picture fell out. He laughed, even though the picture brought back very deep memories. Within a year and a half after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he had found himself as an antiaircraft gunner on …

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  • The Internet is down, and I don’t know what to do!

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” Last Friday we here at the office, as well as part of Arkansas, lost Internet services for most of the morning. It was out when I came in to work that morning. The newspaper can still be put together without Internet …

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  • Trust me, you do believe in gun control

    If you ask the typical hyper-political gun owner (and I have … at Thanksgiving dinner), why it’s important to own a gun, they’ll bark about the Constitution. Yes, the Second Amendment: “The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed!” …

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  • Goodbye to another Mayberry pal

    I learned recently that another musician friend was called home, Doug Dillard (1937-2012). It has been nearly 50 years since the Darlings crawled up onto Briscoe Darling’s truck and rode down from the hills into Mayberry. With them were sister Charlene (Maggie Peterson) and all …

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  • Rob Reiner: As funny as ever

    Rob Reiner, in a recent interview with Chris Matthews, showed that while he may have moved on to directing and producing, he’s still a comedic actor at heart. Reiner, best known as Archie’s son-in-law “Meathead” on “All in the Family,” told Matthews — with a …

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  • Sugar: Does it make you dumb?

    “Sugar in the morning Sugar in the evening Sugar at suppertime…”   My late father would often burst into those lyrics from the 1958 McGuire Sisters hit “Sugartime.” Little did he know it was a recipe for asking, “Morning — that’s the one where the …

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  • Hillary speculation won’t die

    If Julia Louis-Dreyfus can be “Veep,” then why not Hillary Clinton? The notion has been kicked around in the media for more than a year, and pooh-poohed by both the secretary of state herself and the Obama campaign, but as the 2012 race heats up …

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