• More notes from students

    Most of my college students are bright and fun to teach, and work hard. But each semester I get interesting letters, emails, and phone calls from a few students. I save these, and occasionally I compile them into a column. The last couple of years …

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  • Che and the EPA

    On Sept. 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent an internal email to its staff under the subject line “Hispanic Heritage Month.” The email, obtained by The Weekly Standard magazine, featured a picture of infamous communist butcher Che Guevara with the slogan “hasta la victoria …

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  • Effect of immigration on American workers

    Here are a few indisputable statistics about immigration and the United States’ job market. Each new legal immigrant receives work authorization. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s most recent report, “U.S. Legal Permanent Residents, 2011” a monthly average of 75,000 legal permanent residents “may …

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  • Bonnie and Clyde in Arkansas

    Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree lasted only two years, but the Texas-based Barrow Gang was held responsible for 13 murders, plus numerous robberies, kidnappings and car thefts. One of the murders occurred in Crawford County, near Alma, Arks. In early June 1933, Bonnie Parker was …

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  • Secrets to being helpful rather than critical

    Have you ever experienced any of these scenarios? You have an idea or project you’re excited about. You work on it. You share it with someone you care about, whereupon your friend (colleague, boss, spouse, or parent) takes one look at the report (essay, business …

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  • Union Army, Navy destroying river ports

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Union Army and Navy were ridding the South of valuable river ports on the Mississippi River. Because the “Mighty Mississip” was so valuable for trade and communication in the South, every attempt was made to keep the Southern people, …

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  • Republican Party’s new branding problem

    It stands on six acres, majestically 175 feet high, white against a bright blue Utah sky: The St. George Utah Temple, dedicated in 1877. It was a work of religious necessity and love by Mormon pioneers including Republican Party presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s great-great grandfather, …

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  • Jimmy Obama, meet your worst nightmare, Ronald Romney

    One of the remarkable things about getting older is the opportunity to see history repeat itself. Those of us who are old enough to remember enduring the abysmal economy of the late 1970s frequently tend to forget that there were other factors in Ronald Reagan’s …

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  • Honoring Sara

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Rick Crawford remembered Batesville native Sara Elizabeth Low in a speech before the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Low was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, the plane that hit the north tower of the World Trade Center on …

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  • New football coach

    Our football team was quite subdued that fall, for two of our teammates had drowned the preceding summer. That’s why what we did, we did with our hearts, without thought of consequences. Lloyd was long past high school age, but he loved football. He had …

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  • Country ramblings: Oscar, Vince and Ricky

    When I made my first appearance for the Grand Ole Opry in 1984, I had already appeared on shows with one of the long-running stars of the show Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan of Lonzo & Oscar. Lonzo and Oscar were one of country music’s best-known comedy …

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  • Apple: Rotten to the Core?

    Up-front disclaimer: I’m a long-time Apple fanboy. I bought my first Macintosh in 1994, and ever since then I’ve defaulted to Macs versus Windows PCs and even Linux boxes when I’ve been able to get one. To my mind, Apple’s design ethos is top-notch. Their …

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