• America’s greatness

    One of the worst things that could be said about any of us is that greatness passed before us, and we failed to recognize it. It happened to me yesterday when I found myself out of sorts because my best friend was en route to …

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  • You won’t hear this in Christie’s keynote speech

    Anyone interested in all things “Jersey” knows two things by now – Snookie managed to procreate and Chris Christie is set to give the keynote address during the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday (delayed a day because of Tropical Storm Isaac). I keep …

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  • Fifty Shades of Romney

    The GOP convention in Tampa is spending $20 million to build a hi-tech stage for Mitt Romney that will convey what flesh and blood has so far failed to do: warmth, trust, intimacy (the same thing that I get from iTunes for $.99 when I …

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  • We’re not the lowest, and we’re not the highest

    Winston Churchill once said, “There is no such thing as a good tax,” and Ralph Waldo Emerson told us, “For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.” Just say the word “tax” and you’re sure to get folks’ attention, especially around here it seems. …

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  • Avoid making excuses

    We’ve all heard (and given) our share of excuses. “My computer crashed, I got stuck in traffic, no one told me I was supposed to do it, the dog ate my homework.” It’s frustrating to encounter in others, but we’re often guilty ourselves, “I was …

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  • From the Arkansas House of Representatives

    According to the latest Census figures, 14.6 percent of our state’s population is over the age of 65. The nationwide average is 13.3 percent. And as baby boomers continue to get older, we expect that number to increase with time. That is why issues impacting …

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  • New car needs new language

    “Call Luke,” I tell the computerized woman’s voice coming from my car’s speakers. Call bank?” she asks. “No. Call Luke,” I reply. “To make a call, say dial and the name of the person you wish to call,” she tells me. “I just did,” I …

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  • Actor born in Mountain View

    Actor/singer Richard Ewing “Dick” Powell was born Nov. 14, 1904, in a frame house that still stands today on Mountain View’s Main Street. His father was a machinery salesman who traveled throughout north Arkansas. Young Powell learned the basics of music from merchant George R. …

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  • Letter to the editor

    School addresses girl’s nut allergy   Dear Editor, I have a 5-year-old daughter who at the age of 18 months was diagnosed with a severe nut allergy. My husband and I were very hesitant to send her to school, because we were very fearful. We …

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  • Looking for Orphan Train riders

    In the 1850s, thousands of children roamed the streets of New York homeless. Many were simply abandoned by parents who couldn’t afford to keep them. Life on the streets for these children meant begging for food or stealing to survive. Many looked to gangs to …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Dear Editor, Pioneer football season is quickly approaching, and that means hunting season will soon be here also. As hunters are getting everything ready to enjoy the seasons, I want to remind all gun owners it is your duty to keep yourself and your household …

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  • Genetically engineered children

    “Sit down over here. It won’t take but 20 minutes for us to custom-design your fetus.” “You want to custom-design our child, doctor?” “In the summer of 2012, University of Washington researchers made a massive biotechnology breakthrough! Few people talked about it at the time.” …

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