• Dew tasted ‘as sweet as honey’

    When Leif Ericsson and his crew landed in North America about the year 1000 A.D., they made several observations. Among those were that they thought “even the dew on the grass tasted sweet.” Well, I, for one, am sure it did. Any vegetation, at least …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: I live in Batesville but I am very much opposed to the people of Southside being forced into something they don’t want. The Aug. 25 city council meeting was a joke, a farce. Mr. Bryant talked a lot, but did not say much. …

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  • Free speech for dummies

    Do you remember the first time that you learned about the United States Constitution? More than likely it was during sixth-grade social studies class. My husband teaches that class and it’s definitely in the current curriculum. It comes up again in ninth-grade civics, and if …

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  • Please don’t judge

    Facebook and Twitter have their places, and sometimes social media is very helpful to this writer. I can use it to get opinions, ideas and sources. But it can also be a great source of frustration when people post things out of ignorance.  Made-up stories …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: The ancient story of David and Goliath has a beautiful ending. Unfortunately that’s not how most things turn out. The betting line is in Goliath’s favor. Russia annexed the Crimea because it could. It will likely annex the rest of Ukraine because it …

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  • Jamestown and the infamous (and not so famous) ‘James boys’

    Jamestown is one of those little communities that if you blink your eyes, you’re through it. About eight miles southwest of Batesville, it sits at the bases of Jamestown Mountain near Jamestown Creek. In the 1840s Daniel James, land speculator, began settling the area. Along …

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  • Plenty of activities coming up in fall

    September has arrived, and that can only mean that Halloween is tomorrow and Christmas is next week. Gary, Kaylee and I have been busy all summer but we haven’t really taken a vacation per se, so at some point this fall, we’d like to get …

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  • We shouldn’t punish Africa for buying our exports

    In the 1600s, self-exiled English established the first two European settlements in the New World: Jamestown and Plymouth. One thrived on growing tobacco from ill-gotten Spanish seeds. The other thrived on the freedom to practice their religion. These two seemingly contradicting ideas — religious fervor …

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  • Retirement: A new and different form of work

    Both financial and physical well-being in retirement require foresight and planning. Although far too many people fail to plan their financial resources, perhaps even more people fail to plan how to invest their hours and days once the structure of the work week is removed …

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  • Rules over reasoning

    If authorities had determined she purposely locked her baby in a car, the Florida mom would have been handcuffed and taken to jail faster than greased lightning, but when calling 911 to report having accidently done so, Shana Dees was reportedly told she couldn’t be …

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  • Rev. Al Sharpton gets it ‘right’

    The Rev. Al Sharpton is getting the right kind of grief. This time it’s not from conservatives for being a race hustler who exploits every white-on-black killing to raise money for his civil rights group National Action Network or to boost his miserable ratings on …

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  • Campfire cheesy squash

    Here’s what you need: Sliced squash (one per person), slices or chunks of cheese of your choice, salt/pepper, stick of butter, heavy-duty aluminum foil, campfire coals. What you do: Tear off piece of aluminum foil large enough to hold one or two sliced squash. Use …

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