• 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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  • Letter to the editor

    Quilting replaces UofA football? Perhaps the president of University Arkansas regrets firing the previous Hogs football coach as a hasty decision in view of this season’s embarrassing losses. In retrospect a past president of the United States got caught, let’s say, with “his hand in the cookie jar” …

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  • Timing the American experience

    My parents’ generation timed it just right. Born in the thick of the Great Depression, they were taught from an early age how to pinch a penny. Though they were little at the time, they experienced the sacrifices of World War II. My father was …

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  • October surprises

    When the end draws near and prospects darken, and polls solidify in the wrong direction, and the base sinks lower than the toenail clippings of a Galapagos turtle, does the practiced political operative give up? No sir, they whip out their secret weapon. Not the …

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  • Anti-abortion plan raises costs for women

    A prominent anti-abortion scholar recently made public what abortion-rights advocates have long suspected: One puwrpose of restrictive abortion laws is to impede access to the procedure by making it less affordable for women. Veering from traditional arguments — such as claims that the restrictions are …

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