• Trying to get the hang of positive thinking

    Dear February: I am still trying to get the hang of this New Year’s resolution business. After years of failing I’ve learned to shy away from the notion that I will be umpteen sizes smaller or that my bank account will expand overnight (it’s usually …

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  • Stress, thy name is Valentine’s Day

    At the risk of being branded a Valentine Grinch, I must take issue with opinions expressed recently in the Winnipeg Sun. Writer Shelley Cook tried to contrast Valentine’s Day as experienced by adults and by children. She saw the holiday as complicated and anxiety-producing for …

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  • Frontier line: Defining the ‘West’

    The Census Bureau definition of the “frontier line” was a settlement density of two people per square mile. The “West” was the recently settled area near that boundary. The frontier line, moved steadily westward from the 1630s to the 1880s. In the 21st century, however, …

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  • Justifying what we put in daughter’s sippy cup

    Got Coke? Sure, we have it in our house — and lots of it, usually. I may as well admit it: Gary and I are as addicted to sodas as Charlie Sheen is to … well, you know. Overall in my life, I have probably …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Exaggerations Dear Editor: In reference to Tina Dupuy’s op-ed piece that appeared in the Jan. 29 edition of the Batesville Guard, let me make some corrections to her gross exaggerations. First, let me correct her on the exaggeration that “anti-abortion activists are not for programs …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    As we enter the state’s third Fiscal Session, we are reminded of the power the voters have to amend our laws. After all, Fiscal Sessions began when back in 2008, 69 percent of voters said we should meet every year. Our state constitution was written …

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  • Horror stories in Sochi

    We thought the big controversies in the Sochi Winter Olympics would be toothpaste terrorism or government-sanctioned homophobia. Then the press tried to check into their hotels and discovered a comical array of foibles that will do nothing to boost the Russian tourism industry. But what …

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  • Old Man Winter making an old woman outta me

    Old Man Winter is making an old woman out of me. If messing up schedules, making it so it’s best just to stay home (unless you have to work) and causing trouble for emergency personnel weren’t reason enough, it’s also aging me more quickly than …

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  • First Cherokees fled to Arkansas

    Most historians think of Arkansas Cherokees as the people who settled on a reservation located between the White and Arkansas rivers, starting in 1817. They were forced west by Euro-American expansion into their homelands in the Carolinas and Georgia. However, about 1,000 Cherokees began migrating …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Failing America To the editor: I’ve been reading about actions being taken to impeach Obama. Obama has done more damage to America and abused his executive power far more than any other president in history and yet, I don’t hear anyone from Arkansas speaking up. Do …

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  • No snow days in the newspaper business

    While some people curled up on their couches and enjoyed a couple of snow days this week, many of us here at the paper were at work and yes — I was jealous. Like most companies when the bad weather hits, some Guard employees can’t …

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  • Sick of McMansions: Why Americans want smaller, cozier houses

    Get this: Americans are getting sick of McMansions. So says The Wall Street Journal in a recent report. Americans are favoring more historic designs, such as the arts-and-crafts houses their grandparents once lived in, over gargantuan suburban houses. A new style of housing developer is …

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