• Congress needs a thorough sweeping

    I watched in near tears listening to President Obama Tuesday evening concerning the war in Syria. Like most Americans, I cannot bear the thought of going to war again but after listening, I had to agree with him. I thought he addressed what Americans have …

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  • More true tales from Red Cut School

    The first Red Cut School column in this space was published in the Sept. 5 edition of the Guard and the school was featured in on the A Glance at Days Gone By page on Sept. 6. While former Cushman Superintendent James “Tiny” Smith was …

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  • Protect your daughters, not your religion

    When we hear the words “child bride,” many of us might think of our grandparents. We often see a cute little white-haired couple’s picture in the paper, announcing they’re celebrating 65 years of marital bliss, and they wed when she was 16. It must have …

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  • Also wanting some answers

    In today’s letter to the editor, Kathy Cheatham, the owner of Ozark EMS takes me to task over a recent story involving the transport of a prison inmate. You see, Ms. Cheatham, I know you have a love of letter writing since I have seen …

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  • ‘Downton Abbey’ or ‘Duck Dynasty’?

    Just consider me late to the party. I knew I did not wish to start watching any more shows on television, but I started not one but two more, anyway. I recently went to the library — yes, the Independence County Library right here on …

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  • Let Miley be a lesson to our daughters

    Just as I suspected. Miley Cyrus got what she wanted on the Video Music Awards in August. Last week the former Hannah Montana star admitted it was her intention to “make history” for years to come with her bump-and-grind performance with Robin Thicke (son of …

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  • Found! (Now we need his owner to find him, too)

    Help! Earlier this week I received another houseguest — a dog. My daughter Shay’s boyfriend Daniel came upon the little fellow in Desha and apparently he was getting too close to the highway. Being the animal lover he is, Daniel pulled over and tried to …

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  • Red Cut School had three names

    Red Cut School in Independence County was established in 1918 and operated until 1948 when the state mandated that all schools with fewer than 350 students consolidate or annex with other districts. (Doesn’t that sound familiar?) Red Cut was not the school’s official name. Neither …

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  • Women’s changing roles in war, peace and politics

    Looking back at some old news stories and articles the “you’ve come a long way baby” statement holds true. In the October 1982 edition of the Izard County Historian, Helen Lindley examines the changing roles of women in war, peace and politics. She starts with …

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  • Understanding mindset of this year’s freshmen

    The Beloit Mindset List, oh, how you make some of us feel old. But it’s like a train wreck — I can’t turn away. It’s a list that was created at Beloit College to help professors understand the perspective of the incoming freshmen. Past lists …

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  • ‘Selfie,’ ‘twerk’ — look it up (online)

    Adding new words each year to the dictionary must be mandatory but I’m glad the words added last week were saved for the online version. On Wednesday phablet, selfie, twerk, jorts (denim/jean shorts) and several other words became part of the Oxford Online Dictionaries website. …

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  • Love thy neighbor? Many of us don’t even know them or care about them

    Many years ago I heard a man on a radio show say that America went downhill when people began building decks on the backs of their homes. He went on to explain that front porches were where neighbors got to know each other over a …

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