• 13-year-old served in Confederate army, later became governor of Ark.

    Thomas Chipman McRae grew up surrounded by the chaos of the Civil War and the desperation of Reconstruction. The oldest of five children, he led his family through difficult times. But he would remember his own family’s hardships and worked as a legislator, congressman, and …

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  • A big new tax coming to your Internet bill

    Since 1998 it has been prohibited by federal law for states and localities to tax Internet access. This policy, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has been extended three times with broad bipartisan support. But it’s set to expire again on Nov. 1, and …

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  • Ebola ignorance, marketing of fear

    It takes a special kind of jerk to market fear and exploit public ignorance in the midst of a health emergency — and, sure enough, members of this repellent American subspecies are already flapping their yaps. It’s horrible that the latest outbreak of Ebola — …

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  • Dillard’s makes Conway a destination

    The announcement of the new Central Landing shopping center, to be placed on the area of the old municipal airport, was reason enough to celebrate earlier this year. But now it seems like things are beginning to get real. This past week, the revelation that …

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  • Many American Jews don’t support Israel

    The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine has renewed tensions over Zionism in an unlikely place — the United States. Last October, long before the present crisis began, Pew Research found that “[American] Jews’ feelings for Israel are equaled or even exceeded by those of …

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  • The Slacker Congress

    More fun than 14 barrels of flunkies watching our elected officials exit Washington like scared rats streaming out of a sewer to escape Godzilla. And really, who can blame them? Anybody who’s ever spent a summer in D.C. can tell you the climate is real …

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  • I’d buy all the pies, too

    Did you hear about the guy at Burger King who bought all the pies just to spite a screaming kid and their clueless parent? According to media reports, this dude went into a Burger King to get a meal during the lunch rush, and a …

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  • Lunch-packin’ Momma

    This is our last week of freedom from alarm clocks and set-in-stone bedtimes. Monday morning, school starts. It’s always fun picking out new clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. But there is one more element for back-to-school shopping that I forget sometimes: grocery shopping for …

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  • U.S. sanctions on Russia may sink the dollar

    The U.S. government’s decision to apply more sanctions on Russia is a grave mistake and will only escalate an already tense situation, ultimately harming the U.S. economy. While the effect of sanctions on the dollar may not be appreciated in the short term, in the …

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  • Testing is lousy way to hold schools accountable

    The problem with a lie — even one that everyone agrees with — is that eventually you can’t ignore the truth. As the rush towards using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers turns into a retreat, it might be time to face that standardized tests …

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  • First time riding the Ferris wheel

    As I held tightly to my mother’s right hand, I gripped the striped-red string that held my balloon. I knew if I didn’t hold on to both with all my might they might get lost amidst the crowd. I never saw so many people bumping …

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  • Americans love Downton Abbey, not real monarchy

    It is said that Americans don’t like titles. Of course, I’m not referring to all titles. What mother hasn’t dreamed of her child becoming a doctor? The specific type of doctor usually isn’t considered, just so long as Sonny can be called “Doctor” over a …

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