• Goodnight moon, goodnight America

    Addressing Congress on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy challenged America and set a seemingly impossible goal — sending a person to the moon by the end of the decade. Kennedy’s ambitious dream was realized by the Apollo program, and, since that time, manned space exploration …

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  • Let’s declare a war on stupid

    America is not the “social issue fixer-upper in disrepair” Progressives make her out to be. Instead, America is the “world’s last great hope,” and will continue to be, just as soon as we are able to get our head above the water economically. The wave …

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  • Bottom line on gay rights

    Rick Baber “Into Focus” Here it comes — the end of the world. The president of the United States has come out of the closet and admitted that he is gay. His marriage to the lovely Michelle was a sham. Now, before we can blink …

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  • Tricky call: Deciding when to hold news

    Journalists are in the business of telling the news, not hiding it. But there are times — very few times, despite conspiracy-and-bias claims fueled by a media-criticism cottage industry — when news organizations do decide to hold the news that they know. These instances are …

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  • Meaning of life in two words

    Beyond food and shelter, people of all ages have two core emotional needs: connection and meaning. We want close personal relationships while we’re on this planet, and we want to make a contribution that outlasts our stay on it. Our deepest desire is to make …

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  • Should college football be abolished?

    Does Buzz Bissinger score a touchdown with you, or do you find him personally foul? The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (author of the 1988 bestseller and cautionary tale “Friday Night Lights”) has stirred up quite a firestorm with a recent Wall Street Journal article declaring “Why …

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  • Arkansas was an embattled state

    One hundred fifty years ago, Arkansas was becoming an embattled state hosting large opposing armies and a multitude of concerned citizens caught in the proverbial and literal crossfire of the Civil War. In May 1862 the Federal Army began spreading its overbearing and unwelcomed influence …

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  • Apologies if family members were upset

    It was never my intent to cause any heartbreak in my column published May 7 about the talented actress, producer, screenwriter, Academy Award winner Lisa Blount, who died in 2010 and is buried in a local cemetery. For those who didn’t read it, I wrote …

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  • Jimmy Driftwood

    Craig Ogilvie “… the rest is history!” Jimmy Driftwood wrote more than 6,000 folk songs, including “The Battle of New Orleans,” which was No. 1 in the nation for 10 weeks in 1959. Born James Corbett Morris on June 20, 1907, the Stone County native …

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  • Cinnamon rolls and human rights

    Lenny was suddenly concerned about helping others remain law abiding citizens. The reason started a few months earlier when school got out for the summer. We were excited to find out that a new boy our age had moved into the house down the road. …

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  • Union commander: They stole my delivery wagons!

    Union troops in their movement through Batesville stole a number of delivery wagons in order to move needed supplies, particularly coffee, according to reports. The Union commander said, “We know they have coffee at the Union supply houses near Helena. But they are not sending …

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  • What are pet owners thinking?

    If you didn’t think American civilization was in trouble already, this ought to worry you: Americans are hiring psychics to communicate with their pets. According to Benjamin Radford of Discovery News, pet psychics claim they can use telepathy to communicate with animals, living and dead …

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