• 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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  • Home alone, the trend, not the movie

    Paradox of the week: If you live alone, you’re not alone. According to “Going Solo: The Extraordinary And Surprising Appeal of Living Alone,” by Eric Klineberg, PhD, more than 50 percent of American adults are single (up from 22 percent in 1950), and one in …

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  • Horseshoe Bend: Music, more in the mountains

    Horseshoe Bend is named for a horseshoe shaped bend in the Strawberry River. With that pedigree, it is not surprising that the charming, peaceful planned community is well-known for its water. The town’s four lakes — Crown Lake, Diamond Lake, Pioneer Lake and North Lake …

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  • Character, freedom and the legacy of Sandy McDonnell

    Sanford N. McDonnell died on March 19 at age 89. Not surprisingly, newspaper obituaries are highlighting his many successful years at the helm of the McDonnell Douglas Corp. But I predict that when the history of our era is written, Sandy (as everyone called him) …

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  • Purpose driven lies and gender equality

    What does a government bureaucrat being between you and your doctor look like? That was the go-to canard to scare Americans away from the health care reform bill (or single payer for that matter). So, imagine your doctor deciding he or she doesn’t want you …

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