• 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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  • Obama doesn’t understand American government

    President Obama recently complained about the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. He used the term “unprecedented” and was critical of “judicial activism” engaged in by “unelected” judges. In so doing, he showed his monumental misunderstanding of American government, which should be of …

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  • Homeland Security offers latest forgive, forget policy for aliens

    Slow news days like weekends or holidays are the best time for the federal government to sneak in an announcement that would otherwise outrage the public. With immigration occupying the front and center stage, a pro-illegal alien policy decision that would rile up enforcement-minded citizens …

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  • How should we judge a naked face in the crowd?

    A concerned mother makes an emergency trip to her child’s school without applying lipstick or mascara. A conscientious junior executive misses her manicure and hairstyling appointments to meet a grueling deadline. Sadly, these are among the women whom polite society views with amusement, scorn or …

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  • Easter, stewardship and God’s climate plan

    As we celebrate Easter and witness the beauty of spring, it is a great time for Christians to reflect on how our faith requires us to be good stewards of this planet that God has entrusted to our care. Too often, this obligation and the …

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  • A poll or pundit for every perspective

    Are President Barack Obama and the Democrats political toast? There are signs that could be the case. Even signs that Democrats could lose the Senate, not win back the House and lose the Oval Office. But …WAIT! Welcome to our manic depressant election year where …

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