• An Appalachian sight in time

    It is amazing how a sight, a sound or a smell can carry you in your mind’s eye to some distant place and time. I came upon a patch of white daisies this week as I was walking along the back road in my hometown. …

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  • ‘Hunger Games’ and America’s future

    Danny Gardner “Special To The Guard” In “The Hunger Games,” author Suzanne Collins starts the story in the middle of the story. I’ve only read the first two books of the trilogy and don’t know what the third book will reveal. Maybe Collins tells how …

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  • Obama doesn’t understand American government

    President Obama recently complained about the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. He used the term “unprecedented” and was critical of “judicial activism” engaged in by “unelected” judges. In so doing, he showed his monumental misunderstanding of American government, which should be of …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    The state’s medical school is taking steps to establish a dental school at its Little Rock campus. Foundations have donated large sums to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for its long-range plans to expand teaching at its school of dental hygiene and oral …

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  • Homeland Security offers latest forgive, forget policy for aliens

    Slow news days like weekends or holidays are the best time for the federal government to sneak in an announcement that would otherwise outrage the public. With immigration occupying the front and center stage, a pro-illegal alien policy decision that would rile up enforcement-minded citizens …

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  • How should we judge a naked face in the crowd?

    A concerned mother makes an emergency trip to her child’s school without applying lipstick or mascara. A conscientious junior executive misses her manicure and hairstyling appointments to meet a grueling deadline. Sadly, these are among the women whom polite society views with amusement, scorn or …

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  • Easter, stewardship and God’s climate plan

    As we celebrate Easter and witness the beauty of spring, it is a great time for Christians to reflect on how our faith requires us to be good stewards of this planet that God has entrusted to our care. Too often, this obligation and the …

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  • A poll or pundit for every perspective

    Are President Barack Obama and the Democrats political toast? There are signs that could be the case. Even signs that Democrats could lose the Senate, not win back the House and lose the Oval Office. But …WAIT! Welcome to our manic depressant election year where …

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  • Healing at the pool

    Steve is one of the kindest people I have ever met. His life has been one of service and goodness. He is quick to see the needs of others, and do what he can to help. He has done all of this despite the handicap …

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  • 7 things you need in your home office

    Almost everyone has a home office, but almost no one has a good looking one. I used to hate my home office, but several years ago I had an epiphany. I was about to order new dining room furniture. I’d spent months browsing magazines and …

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  • Bringing nostalgia to Gainesboro couple

    I am a motor repairman and motor winder by trade. A few years ago I became interested in old gasoline engines. I bought an old Model 92 single-cylinder “hit and miss” engine from an Amish gentleman. My friend Johnny Rounds, who lives near Batesville, was …

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  • Obama Care Bears

    Let us talk of many things, of Cabbages and Kings. Of Ultimate Arbiters. The Court of Last Resort. SCOTUS. The judicial graveyard where appealers go to die. The Supreme Court of the United States, which reluctantly deigned to hear testimony on a subject so obviously …

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