• Fouke Monster grabbed headlines in 1971

    Reports of a strange creature roaming the swamps of extreme southwest Arkansas date back to the 1940s. However, those sightings never gained national attention like the story reported by the Bobby Ford family of near Fouke in May 1971. The Fords were in the process …

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  • Let the renovations begin!

    All my complaining about buying a fixer-upper house was totally in vain. I began renovations last weekend and it was actually fun. I began in the living room since it’s the most used room and the one seen by guests. I was really dreading pulling …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Loving care Dear editor: I’m not sure that all Batesville is aware of the wonderful, caring people that are working at our nursing homes and our hospitals here. Our daughter, Linda, has been a resident of Wood-Lawn Nursing Home for almost two years. She has …

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  • ‘Fiscal Cliff’: Waiting for the sequel

    The latest horror movie from Washington — “The Fiscal Cliff” — finally came to an exciting end in the early hours of 2013. But after two years did its climax — more taxes, more spending and more chicken-livered can-kicking by our politicians — really shock …

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  • The view from the bottom of a fiscal abyss

    Forty-one dollars in tax increases for every one dollar in spending cuts. That’s the shrewd deal Speaker of the House John Boehner negotiated with President Barack Obama. Obama, Boehner and other congressional leaders have known for a year and a half that these automatic tax …

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  • Uncle Hickory’s New Year’s resolution

    Uncle Hickory made a New Year’s resolution. He swore he would quit drinking. He had been driving while he was drunk and had one of the biggest scares of his life. He claimed the angel of death had come for him. He was trembling as …

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  • New year, new beginning

    The New Year is a time of resolutions. It’s a time when people commit to making a change in their life. Losing weight, changing jobs, saving money, making money, a new relationship, getting in shape, going back to school, or giving up smoking, are just …

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  • More immigration equals fewer American jobs

    The Los Angeles Times, California’s most widely read daily newspaper rarely publishes stories critical of immigration or the resultant population growth that drives the state’s overcrowding. The Times immigration-avoidance guidelines aren’t written in its manual. But evidence that the Times won’t deal with immigration’s negatives, …

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  • Ode 2 2012

    And so we bid a not-so-fond farewell to the bow of another large unwieldy year as it sinks slowly over the horizon wobbling unsteadily towards the graveyard of memory. And cheers erupt from we folks on shore waving the double-handed “L for loser” sign above …

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  • Hurricane Sandy Pork

    Many news outlets are reporting that President Obama’s proposed $60.4 billion federal aid bill for Hurricane Sandy victims is packed with pork. I contacted my White House insider, Deep Mole, to get some answers. Purcell: Isn’t this another example of reckless politicians exploiting an emergency …

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  • Putin’s politics stink

    Politics really stink sometimes — particularly when innocent children get the losing end of the stick. Vladimir Putin elevated himself to one of the biggest jerky politicians on the planet, in my opinion, when he signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, in …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    No ‘Happy Holiday’ on the calendar Dear editor: We have many holidays during the year, including Christmas Day. How many do we address as “Happy Holiday”? None, right? So why are some nuts trying to change “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays”? Our calendar says: New …

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