• 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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  • Trials, tribulations as only boy at all-girl school

    The Daily Beast article brought back several painful memories of my experience as the only boy at an all-girls school. According to the article, a public middle school in West Virginia is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for separating boys and girls …

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  • REMEMBER – A day etched in our memory

    September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever be etched in our nation’s memory. This week America will mark the eleventh anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. None of us …

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  • At ground zero, can there be a politics-free 9/11?

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Sept. 11 anniversary ceremony at ground zero has been stripped of politicians this year. But can it ever be stripped of politics? For the first time, elected officials won’t speak today at an occasion that has allowed them a solemn …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review: Property reappraisals

    Almost all Arkansas counties reappraise property values every five years. However, if the market value of real property in a county increases by 25 percent during that five-year period, future reappraisals would be done every three years. Counties with rapid growth in market values will …

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  • Dale Evans lived in Arkansas as a child

    Dale Evans was born Frances Octavia Smith in 1912 near Uvalde, Texas. Her parents, Betty Sue and Walter Smith, were farmers and storekeepers. At age 7, Dale and her parents moved to Osceola, Ark., because of its reputation for cotton farming. Dale started to public …

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  • Is medical ‘pot’ coming this fall, y’all?

    According to the Associated Press, on Nov. 6 Arkansas will become the first southern state to let voters decide whether they want to legalize medical uses for marijuana. Backers hope success in the Razorback State will lead to a domino effect of resistance fading in …

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