• Concerns about HIV discrimination

    Even after 30 years of fighting HIV, health experts say that the stigma and discrimination faced by those living with the disease remains one of the most significant barriers to treatment and prevention. The unequal treatment can occur in employment settings, or in educational opportunities, …

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  • You come at Elmo, you best not miss

    The very rich are different from us. For one, their Etch a Sketches are better. The handheld toy I played with as a boy must be tiny compared to whatever Romney used to reinvent himself in the Denver debate. Gone was the “severely conservative” firebrand, …

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  • Immigration policy imports poverty

    Here’s more utter nonsense from Capitol Hill. Hoping to avert what legislators predict may be the road to a “fiscal cliff,” Senate leaders plan to use the upcoming lame duck session between the November election and the 113th Congress to reach a comprehensive long-term debt …

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  • Status of African-Americans unsure during war

    One hundred fifty years ago the status of African-Americans was unsure at best. While they were considered property in the South, they were not treated any better by their northern counterparts. Despite the mythological ramblings of current day historians, the Negro was seen as a …

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  • It’s a matter of opinion

    The freedom to vote is no doubt a privilege but to vote just for the sake of voting especially when no candidate strikes you as the best person for the job seems moot in my opinion. It’s something I struggle with each election year. Maybe …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review: November ballot issues

    When Arkansas voters go to the polls on Nov. 6 they will not only elect candidates to elected office, they will decide on at least three ballot issues referred by the legislature and by Arkansas citizens. A high-profile issue is Amendment 1, which was referred …

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  • Mascot escaped, was shot by farmer

    The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville held a contest in 1895 to select the school’s colors. Cardinal red and white won, and from this the first UofA football team mascot became the Cardinal (red bird). Latin Professor John Futrall was the first coach. When the …

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  • What that load of logs symbolizes

    Sometimes when I get behind a load of fresh-cut logs I think to myself, “That could be a future printing of the Batesville Daily Guard.” Home builders may see stacks of 2x6s for future job sites; others may see potential picnic tables or various woodworking …

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  • According to God’s plan, not Donetta’s

    Well, I did it. I am buying a house — or maybe I should say, “God said you’re buying this house.” When I first saw the outside of it I knew right away I didn’t want it. Not that it wasn’t a nice home but …

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  • Seeds forecast snow, snow, snow

    So far, the persimmon seeds are all on the same page in forecasting our winter weather. The white embryonic matter inside the seeds are shaped like spoons this year, according to several callers. That may have schoolchildren jumping up and down in anticipation of “snow …

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  • Primitive accumulation in the news

    Adam Smith and other classical political economists used the term “primitive accumulation” to refer to the process by which capital was concentrated in the hands of some people, who became the employers of other people with only their labor to sell. As depicted by Smith …

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  • What are the 10 best days of your life?

    Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. —Ralph Waldo Emerson   If someone asked you to describe the 10 best days of your life, how would you answer? Most people start off listing the days their children …

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