• Being thankful

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and to give thanks for the many blessings we have. It means much more than eating a big turkey dinner and watching football all day. Although I realize my blessings now and I am very thankful, grateful and happy, …

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  • Pass the potatoes, civility

    Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com. It’s bound to happen at Thanksgiving tables across America: A progressive liberal Democrat discovers he’s sitting next to a conservative Republican. …

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  • Our Native American heritage

    Over the last few weeks, politics have dominated the news, overshadowing that November is Native American Heritage Month. Locally we have a rich Native American history. Most Arkansas history skims over our history with a paragraph here or there discussing the Osage claims to Arkansas …

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  • Grandkids and favorite dishes

    I can almost taste my mom’s chicken and dumplings. Nothing says Thanksgiving to me like chicken and dumplings, a ham or turkey from John 3:16 Ministries, and my granny’s seven-layer salad. Mind you, I never actually ate that seven-layer salad because it has mayonnaise in …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Expedite passage of GM-modified food labeling laws Dear editor: I’ve noticed in the news lately that there is public interest in genetically modified (GM) foods. McDonalds ran a TV ad on 11-15-14 announcing that its company would not buy genetically modified (GM) potatoes, and a …

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  • My mom’s success

    I set out to write an obituary about my mother, who died Nov. 15, and was taken aback by how much she never accomplished in her 94 years. At least that’s how it seemed when her life was viewed in contrast with that of my …

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  • Thanksgiving offers time for gratitude

    I’ve never been one to begin celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving. It’s not that I disapprove of those who do or that I don’t enjoy Christmastime. I’ve just always thought Thanksgiving has much more to offer than what initially meets the eye. And it goes well …

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  • Hoping Santa brings a piñata for Christmas

    Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is a big ol’ piñata with the word “2014” on it and an ugly stick to beat it to oblivion. This year hasn’t been the greatest, and while I can usually find good in just about everything, 2014 …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Ten Commandments Dear Editor: In response to Tina Dupuy’s op-ed column that appeared in the Nov. 18 edition of the Batesville Guard, let me say that while the U.S. may no longer be “under God” its history is one that at least gave lip service …

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  • My imperfect thanks

    Christian psychologist David Myers, in his writing and speaking about happiness, has suggested that long-term human happiness is not particularly dependent on our wealth or health. If you tell him that a year ago one person won millions of dollars in the lottery and another …

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  • Siri admits robots will take over the world

    My 14-year-old daughter, Alexas, got a new phone from her dad last weekend and downloaded a popular Android application known as Siri, a virtual assistant who interacts with users. After a bit of bantering between Siri and Alexas, Siri said what I already knew and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: Members of Army Airborne Troopers are like a big, happy family when they get together. Recently I had the pleasure of meeting two troopers who served in the 503rd Airborne Battle Group during 1958 to 1961. They had read in the paper about …

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