• America’s most desirable jobs

    “I’d be happy to have any job on the list, if you want to know the truth.” “Ah, yes, you speak of the CareerCast.com ‘2012 Jobs Rated Report,’ which classifies the most and least desirable jobs in the U.S.” “That’s right. The worst job of …

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  • Is time a friend or enemy?

    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and me were locked in a hopeless Mexican standoff. She was effectively arguing her side of the issue and I was, well, let’s say I was not agreeing. I will not say who won, just that it wasn’t me. …

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  • Fragile voting system

    You would think that after more than two centuries of practice, we’d know all about running efficient and accurate elections. Voting, after all, is the great shared ritual of democracy. Elections make real the consent of the governed and provide legitimacy to our government. Registering …

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  • Romney: Down, pretty close to out in Grand Cayman

    Rick Santorum has finally sauntered off the big stage, leaving him with plenty of time to lament the length of high school girls’ skirts and bark at the moon about its nocturnal promiscuity. So you’d think it would be high times for Team Romney, right? …

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  • It’s taxing

    It’s time to pay the IRS a nice chunk of our earnings again. It’s the annual April reminder that we turn over part of our hard-earned money in a nod to the ideals of democracy. A lot of Americans may not see that connection right …

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  • Guillen, Castro and baseball

    “I love Fidel Castro,” said Florida Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen to Time magazine. “A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still here.” Guillen “respects” the Cuban despot. Guillen has since apologized profusely for …

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  • Rethinking ‘Rethinking Heaven’

    The cover story in the April 16 Time magazine (“Rethinking Heaven”) reveals that the 85 percent of Americans who believe in an afterlife are not one monolithic entity. And their differing perspectives affect their lifestyles. Some take a “traditional” view and see this ol’ sinful …

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  • Jackson County rocks with rich musical heritage

    It should be no surprise that the Arkansas Rock ’N’ Roll Highway begins at Newport. In the 1950s, clubs and joints along this stretch of highway from Newport to Pocahontas played host to Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Sonny …

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  • The GOP’s problem with women, caterpillars

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned about women, it’s that they love it when men belittle their concerns. When angry, they adore being told to “calm down.” When worried, pat them on the head. When they have an issue, say, “Don’t be silly.” Works every …

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  • 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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  • 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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