• Free agent fans

    Under the brilliant desert sun that helps make spring training baseball a time of awakening for players and fans, the game’s best hitter is blasting away in the batting cage. He looks as sharp as ever, so why should I care that Albert Pujols’ red …

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  • I’ll exercise if I have to

    Lately, I have noticed a lot of news regarding all aspects of the body. According to one report I read, this is a multibillion dollar-a-year business. I never knew my body was worth so much money. I’m tempted to sell it, or at least rent …

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  • Romney as the Anti-Midas

    It’s possible we’re not being fair to Mitt Romney. Really, would the stuff coming out of your mouth make any more sense if you had to spend a year traveling with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich? I’m surprised the man’s still speaking English. He must …

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  • How the South can rise again: Immigrants

    In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, members of the media noticed there was widespread devastation in the South. Watching it on television, as a person of Southern heritage, to me it was clear: “Some of that was like that before the storm.” And it …

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  • Conservative talk radio

    After nearly 30 years of rapid growth that saved the sagging AM radio format the question is being seriously asked: Is conservative talk radio as we know it on the way out? According to reports, conservative talk titan Rush Limbaugh has lost 141 advertisers due …

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  • Letter to the editor

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Arkansas troops could not rely, with any certainty whatever, on a state sponsored supply depot for equipping military units. This issue has been the subject of numerous columns in the past, but this week’s adds a whole new dimension …

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  • We’re all Muppets here

    Not easy being a Muppet. Referring to Greg Smith, formerly of Goldman Sachs, who wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about getting the hell out of Dodge, due to his company’s relentlessly spiraling moral depravity. According to Smith, associates are encouraged to pursue …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    The new director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will get a salary of $165,000 a year, compared to the $326,000 the previous director was paid. The Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee approved the new salary for the new director, Bishop Woosley, who had been chief …

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  • What they learned in math class

    Over the years, we have found that one of the students’ greatest criticisms of any math class is their claim that they didn’t learn anything. I, therefore, as part of their final, have the students list 10 things they learned. These items could be anything …

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  • Abortion and stuff like that

    Sometimes something said in passing by a person-on-the-street interviewee sticks in my mind. Such is the case of a so-called “economic conservative” who said he wasn’t really concerned about abortion “and stuff like that” in the GOP primaries. OK, I know that he meant to …

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  • Hardy: Like no other town in the Ozarks

    Hardy’s self-proclaimed uniqueness is backed up by a three-block historic downtown area that includes everything from The Native Way, featuring native American inspired crafts, to the Cluttered Cupboard, a well-stocked antique and collectible shop well-known for its Rada Cutlery and QMT Wind Chimes. While their …

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  • Razorbacks to feed troops at ‘invasion’

    In the original invasion of Batesville in 1862, both army commanders reported a shortage of grain both for their horses and men. But there were few complaints about meat. Apparently the troops were able to step out and kill a razorback to stay fed. History …

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