• Raising minimum wage will help businesses succeed

    The migration of women from the workforce into business ownership is one of the great economic realizations of the American Dream. The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce has grown to more than 500,000 members. Most of our members are small business owners. And we aren’t …

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  • Hiding my own Easter eggs

    One year, my daughter, Celese, invited us to come to her house for Easter weekend. She also invited my father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Corky. Whenever we are there, we always have a pizza party and movie night. I buy the pizza and rent whatever …

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  • Prayers for Sidney Randall

    Sidney Nicole Randall. We know her name and have committed her picture to memory, by now only associating it with the ominous phrase “missing teen.” Her ubiquitous story has captured the collective heartstrings of the community, as day after day passes without any sign of …

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  • Letters to the editor

    HB 1929 not good for lakes, reservoirs Dear Editor, I read with great interest the article in Monday’s paper about West Magnet’s Stream Team. Those students are to be highly commended for their work and leadership in stream conservation. We need monitoring of streams like Poke …

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  • Springtime in Washington, D.C.

    Ah, springtime has arrived in Washington, D.C. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is under way. The cherry trees, 3,700 of them given to America by the Japanese in 1912, are in full bloom. One incident involving the trees reminds me why Americans are so wary …

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  • Concentration camps and abortion clinics

    On a cold and snowy day in January a few years ago, I took a guided tour through the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. Charcoal-colored skies paired with a blanket of freshly fallen snow offered a monochromatic glimpse of what life must have been like …

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  • Why isn’t there a war on Easter?

    Why haven’t these clever secularists tried to take over Easter just like they’ve allegedly hijacked Christmas? What’s taking them so long? Bill O’Reilly deciphered the secret scheme to de-Christian Christmas. On his Christmastime program last year he said, “I absolutely agree 100 percent that the …

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  • The GOP Autopsy

    Normally you don’t expect to see the words “Republicans” and “introspection” right next to each other. Like supermodel and barbecue. Physicist and polka. Gazelle and ophthalmology. You catch my drift. But that’s exactly what happened last week, when the Republican Party released a 100-page report …

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  • Obamacare is crumbling

    Obamacare is falling apart before our eyes. The long-term care insurance program known as the CLASS ACT was deemed financially unworkable and shut down by the administration’s own actuaries. Taxpayer-funded health care cooperatives never got off the ground and were shut down in the fiscal …

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  • Hulk, Sting to jump into ring Writer’s inner-child excited

    When I heard that Hulk Hogan and Sting were coming to the Convocation Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro this Thursday, the 8-year-old in me couldn’t help but be excited. As a youngster I loved wrestling, watching it and “becoming” both characters when my …

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  • Horse racing was an early sport

    Prior to the Civil War, virtually every Arkansas town, with over 500 citizens, had a racetrack. Additionally, almost every plantation had a private track and breeding stock. During the 1800s, the very spot where Oaklawn Park sits today in Hot Springs was a open field …

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  • Walking to work? Good for you!

    While waiting at a stoplight the other day a man passed in front of me in those tall rubber boots like many wear who work in the chicken plants. He glanced at me and then put his head down. I wanted to roll my window …

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