• Should older drivers be tested?

    Some call it profiling. Some call it discrimination. Some call it stereotyping. Some call it “Grandma, you can’t keep ripping off my metropolitan phonebook in order to see over the steering wheel!” Whatever one’s gut reaction to the issue of older drivers, the aging of …

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  • Blame Congress for the GSA scandal

    Who should we tar and feather for the scandalous spending spree at that General Services Administration “conference” in Nevada two years ago? Whose fault is it that a bunch of GSA bureaucrats wasted money on $44 breakfasts, a clown and a $75,000 bicycle-building exercise? Not …

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  • Mountain View: A community of arts, crafts and nostalgia

    Mountain View still maintains the easy-going lifestyle that the back-to-nature advocates who moved there decades ago enjoyed. The Ozark Folk Center has contributed significantly to both the rhythm and the character of the charming Ozark Foothills community. And while this unique state park, devoted to …

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  • 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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  • Dad, the fix-it guy

    My 5-year-old daughter came to me and wanted me to put up a “Clo line” for her doll things. “Don’t you mean a clothes line?” I asked. “No,” she responded. “I only want it big enough to hang one clo on.” I had never thought …

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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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