• Indecent exposure, or is it? Gender identity’s slippery slope

    Your 9-year-old daughter runs out of a public swimming pool shower, crying because a 45-year-old naked man is lounging in the sauna, “full monty.” You call the police. The police arrest you for violating the man’s rights and send both you and your daughter to …

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  • Already bored with ‘news’ about Jason Collins

    Is anyone else tired of hearing about NBA player Jason Collins’ being gay? When the news broke that he is gay, I think the world kind of said, “OK,” then went about their normal day-to-day business. Or at least we tried. The national media keep …

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  • Reverse psychology vs. the Nanny State

    Get this: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban the sale of cigarettes (now legal to people at age 18) to people younger than 21. Yeah, that ought to work! Bloomberg, as you may know, has become the nation’s poster child for nanny-state …

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  • Tragedies, technology reshaping free press, speech

    Two national tragedies separated by six years and a day — the Boston Marathon bombing and the April 16, 2007, mass shooting at Virginia Tech University — also are notable in marking how technology is reshaping some uses of our freedoms of press and speech. …

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  • Daddy never stopped loving her

    When news broke more than a week ago of George Jones’ passing, my editor asked if I was going to write about it. I hadn’t planned to and then I went and tuned in to his memorial service last Thursday, left recalling my own memories …

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  • Good memories of Dogpatch!

    The idea for Dogpatch, USA, came from Harrison realtor Oscar J. Snow in 1966. A trout farm at Marble Falls was listed for sale and Snow envisioned it as the perfect setting for the home of Li’l Abner, Daisy Mae and all the other hillbilly …

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  • Ten years

    In some ways, it seems like only yesterday when we learned about a guy who planned to take some rundown property and make it habitable for men with drug and alcohol addictions. Some were skeptical, but 10 years later it’s obvious that it was the …

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  • Happy anniversary, John 3:16!

    Today marks the 10th anniversary for John 3:16 Ministries, a spiritual boot camp for men with addictions. Many in the area know about the ministry but may have never been there. Let me tell you — it’s a phenomenal place. Just driving onto the property …

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  • This is what intolerance smells like

    President Obama’s new “religious tolerance” consultant to the Pentagon, Mikey Weinstein, wants Christian military service members who openly talk about their faith in uniform to be charged with treason, which is a crime punishable by death according to military law. By employing his consulting services, …

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  • The Pregnant Stone

    The Pregnant Stone, or Stone of the Pregnant Woman, also known as Stone of the South is a monolith in ancient Heliopolis, Lebanon. Together with another ancient stone block nearby, it is certainly among the largest cut stones ever quarried. The two building blocks were …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: A great job to the man who put up the American flags in Cave City. It makes the town look so beautiful, like a spring day with fresh air. Great job!! Arch Westmoreland Sidney

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  • Adventures in journalism

    Last week I got a phone call from one of the editors I work with. He wanted to “warn” me that a letter to the editor was being published in the paper about one of my columns and the person was NOT too happy with …

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