• Happy birthday, Social Security; tough cookies, everyone else

    The announcement came last week that the USDA will impose tougher penalties for food stamp rule violations. Amazingly, the food stamps cover one out of every seven Americans. That floored me. I had no idea that that many people were on food stamps. I know …

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  • In Europe, prosperity on vacation

    Boy, our friends in Europe sure know how to vacation. If they get sick while taking their employer-paid vacation, their employer now has to pay them to take another. According to The New York Times, all 27 countries within the European Union, and all employers …

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  • Newport woman known as gypsy

    Caroline Tracy Dye was born into slavery in South Carolina about 1843. Even as a child, she reportedly astounded others by foretelling events and seeing things not visible to those around her. In later years, people from throughout mid-America traveled to “Aunt Caroline’s” home for …

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  • King of rock ’n’ roll but not ‘The King’

    In 1977 the average annual income was $15,000, according to thepeoplehistory.com. Average rent was $240 and a gallon of gas was 65 cents. New York City had a massive blackout, the first Apple II computers went on sale, and “Star Wars,” “Smokey and the Bandit” …

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  • Pop a top again

    Have any “first time” memories that really stuck out in your mind? One of my strongest first time memories, I guess, came back in the summer of ’77. I remember it well. It was a hot Saturday afternoon, I was a DJ at a radio …

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  • Remembering the significance of VJ Day

    Consider this fictitious scenario: In the summer of 1950, President Thomas E. Dewey faced a national security crisis of extraordinary proportions — one that his advisors agreed likely would define his presidency. After beating his Democratic opponent in 1948 by a comfortable margin, Dewey received …

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  • Letters to the editor: ‘Tax & spend’ quorum court

    Dear Editor: I am writing this letter in response of the impending 5-percent tax that the “tax and spend” Quorum Court is planning for the sale of alcoholic beverages in Independence County without the voters’ approval. Because the court realizes that we are burdened with …

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  • Letters to the editor: Beebe, DHS should increase their math fluency

    Dear Editor: In the July 23, 2012 issue of the Batesville Guard, there were two articles that caught my attention. One article dealt with efforts by the Batesville School District to improve math fluency among the students in the school district. The other dealt with …

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  • Letters to the editor: Faith is important to community

    Dear editor: I would like to thank the Batesville Daily Guard for devoting an entire page each Friday to list the churches in our area. I would also like to say how grateful I am that you provide this service free of charge to all …

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  • Letters to the editor: Closing state park facilities will send tourists elsewhere

    Dear editor: After reading the article “State Capitol Week in Review” that appeared in the Monday, Aug. 6, issue of the Guard, I was very confused. The article said last year’s revenue from the tourism tax topped $12 million. This was on such items as …

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  • Borrowing time, fire: Young people don’t know what they’re missing

    Teenagers and young adults today would never be able to grasp the concept of being sent barefooted to a neighbor’s to borrow the time, to borrow fire or a single needle, nor would they want to grasp it. They each are too busy with their …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Dear Editor, Through the years, I have set things (key, shopping bags, briefcase, etc.) down and walked off, forgetting to pick up the item. For the most part, I’ve been unlucky in retrieving those items. This Sunday my husband and I were leaving Batesville and …

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