• Old-timers knew how to beat summer heat

    Old-time Southerners tried to beat the summer heat any way they could and were very ingenious in doing so. The old dogtrot log house with shade trees nearby and plenty of porches was one of the best. The dogtrot — the opening between two log …

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  • No tears, fears for baby’s first fireworks show

    Last week, Kaylee got her first experience of watching fireworks, and we all wondered how she’d do. When we went to watch the “Celebrate America” last Thursday, Kaylee was much more worried about her cousins running around the place without her, and she didn’t like …

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  • What exactly are we paying for?

    The other day I read an article talking about the amount of money advertisers pay to have commercial spots on Oprah’s network. Trust me, the amounts would astound you. Commercials on Oprah’s last show ran in the million dollar range, almost as much as a …

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  • Population growth is unsustainable

    Thursday, July 11 is World Population Day. The annual observation grew out of the “Day of Five Billion,” July 11, 1987, recognized as the date human population reached that staggering number. More than 25 years down the road, we continue growing unsustainably and are now …

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  • Paula Deen’s career indigestion

    During the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon’s Chief of Staff and co-conspirator H.R. Haldeman reportedly said, “Once the toothpaste is out of the tube it’s hard to get it back in!” and “You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.” And so it goes with …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Thanks for listening to the people  Dear editor: Regarding White River being designated National Blueway and watershed: I am writing to thank Judge Robert Griffin for representing Independence County during the National Blueway issue. We thank you for listening to We the People. Reports from those …

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  • ‘Jesus wept’: Meet the Flintstones, Part Deaux

    “Jesus wept,” came the dramatic response from the right reverend Mike Huckabee: swiftly, decisively … almost as if it had been rehearsed. Or pre-written. Or pre-ordained. Surely, something horrible had happened in the world. What was it? Another slaughtering of innocent schoolchildren? Genocide in Rwanda? …

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  • Surrendering privacy, from cradle to grave

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be …

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  • Nothing to lose

    Having been to The House of Mouse, aka Disney World, four times I was a little saddened at the lack of crowd that under similar circumstances would have been a godsend. Then again I knew better than to compare the Disney theme parks to a …

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  • Independence Co.: Little Arkansas

    Of all the 75 counties in Arkansas, Independence may come closest to having natural features similar to the entire state! First, the outline of the county includes notches in the northeast and southwest regions, but both are greater than the state’s. Black River forms much …

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  • I want to hear Daddy’s song

    Last Saturday was my family reunion on my dad’s side. It was the first one we’ve had in many years and it was way past due. Lately it seems we have only seen one another at a hospital or at a funeral and I was …

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  • America’s pyramids are many but are being lost

    Thirty-five years ago, authors of a book about the world’s remaining mysteries estimated that Mexico alone contains about 100,000 stone pyramids which had not be discovered. Many of these resemble hills overgrown with jungle vegetation. In the truest sense of the word, most of these …

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