• 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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  • In defense of politics

    A common insult aimed at someone trying to accomplish something in the public realm these days is to say: “He’s playing politics with the issue.” And if you want to disparage a policy decision? “It was political.” Or dismiss an action as barely worth discussing? …

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  • Titanic: 100 years later and still fascinating

    My fascination with the RMS Titanic began on Sept. 9, 1966. That’s when the premiere of the short-lived ABC science fiction series “The Time Tunnel” plunged its heroes into the middle of that maritime disaster. “The Time Tunnel” has long since slid into obscurity; but …

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  • Immigration fuels population growth

    According to a recent Migratory Policy Institute report, 24 percent of the 70.6 million children living in the United States in 2010 have at least one immigrant parent. The total reflects the overall increase in immigration into the United States but reveals almost nothing about …

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  • Teen’s death signals deeper problems

    The justifiable outrage over the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. should give all Americans reason for pause. How could an unarmed young man carrying a bag of Skittles threaten gun-carrying neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was almost twice Martin’s weight? Certainly …

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  • Homefront in Civil War was about self-reliance

    One hundred fifty years ago, Arkansas women and children during the Civil War were toiling in the proverbial trenches on the home front. As the Confederate and Federal armies were concentrating their forces east of the Mississippi River, war was just as real in Arkansas …

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  • A grandparent’s day at the park

    Fun is a relative quantity. One person’s fun may be somebody else’s drudgery and pain. I know someone, and her name shall remain anonymous, whose idea of fun is rooting through thrift stores all day long. That concept of fun has never darkened the shadowy …

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  • Forgerygate provoking us to outrage

    We have found the presidency of Barack Obama provoking us to outrage in unexplainable ways. Does he do this on purpose? We believe he does. He and his team single out Christians and conservatives by provoking them and then mocking their response to the provocations. …

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  • ADEM’s role in disasters

    From the State House of Representatives This week, many parts of the state were affected by heavy rains.  Anyone who has lived in Arkansas for a period of time knows this could be just the beginning of more severe weather in the months ahead. One …

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  • A new breed of Wal-Martyer ’round here

    Rick Baber “Into Focus” Many years ago, on a long-dead Internet site for creative writers, an acquaintance wrote a piece about me entitled “Wal-Martyr.” This was because of all the short stories I’d posted there about my less-than-enjoyable experiences at Walmart. We don’t need to …

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  • Unarmed and dangerous?

    In 2005, when Florida was considering its insane stand-your-ground-or-perhaps-chase-down-an-innocent-black-teenager-and-shoot-him law, state Sen. Dan Gelber was a voice of reason. Gelber, when asked what he thought of legislation that would transmogrify many a heat-packing Floridian into a juiced-up Judge Dredd, posed some questions of his own. …

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