• Drug testing is not answer to unemployment

    I usually try to stay away from peeing contests, but I just couldn’t let this one slide. When Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, a Republican from Little Rock, filed a bill wanting all new applicants for unemployment benefits to undergo a drug test all I could think …

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  • ‘Paw-tay’ at Paul’s

    Maybe the orange Hawaiian shirt I bought won’t go without being worn at least once even though the moment for its intention has passed along with co-worker Paul Glover’s 60th birthday last week. For weeks we at the Guard planned for the occasion, coming up …

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  • Cousin Will uses the phone

    One of my readers wrote in and asked for a bit of humor, so I decided to share these comedy routines below. Remember all they asked for was a bit! Do you ever get those calls in the evening about the time you sit down …

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  • The truth is, you’re still a jerk, Lance

    I’m a marathon runner. A few years ago my coach was diagnosed with cancer. The first thing his ragged team of runners did was sign him up with Livestrong. Through the course of his treatment he showed up to track with his yellow and proudly …

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  • Old State House among oldest

    Almost every Arkansas resident has visited or driven by the Old State House on Markham Street in Little Rock. However, most do not know that it is the oldest surviving state Capitol building west of the Mississippi River. Design work on the structure started in …

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  • Having a pity party – Presence is required

    You are all invited to my monthly — and sometimes weekly — Pity Party. My family is normally the Guests of Honor. Sometimes, they unknowingly walk right into these little affairs. Last Sunday’s was a surprise party for everyone. Everything hit me that day. After …

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  • Say ‘Yabba Dabba Don’t’ to Neanderthal clones

    If you’re the average person, you say things like “I wish they’d bring back ‘ABC’s Wide World of Sports’ and full-service gas stations.” If you’re more like Harvard University geneticist George Church, you say things like “Wouldn’t it be a hoot if someone brought back …

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  • Be like pro golfers: Move to Florida, avoid state taxes

    Phil Mickelson choked on a gimme putt this week, but it wasn’t on a golf course. According to the AP’s golf writer, America’s most popular golfer “put his popularity on the line with polarizing comments about how much he has to pay in state and …

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  • Mysteries of South America

    South America is a continent of mysteries and enigmas. The word enigma, derived from Latin and Greek words translated as “to speak in riddles,” is defined by dictionary.com as a “puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation.” That’s South America. When the Spaniards arrived in South …

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  • The smog of Beijing couldn’t conceal this

    There’s nothing like trying to use a foreign toilet to make you realize just how spoiled you are. Dispatch from China: My oldest daughter and I have hiked the Great Wall, braved the smog of Beijing, walked the ice at the Summer Palace, and stood …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Schools should consider constables  Dear editor: On Jan. 16, 2013, President Obama signed 23 Executive Orders and outlined his proposals to help keep our school children safe. Executive Orders give a sitting president quite a bit of power, especially since the United States Supreme Court …

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  • Unearthing a good story

    It’s present day, but our convention speaker is taking us back to 1963. He has spent a good portion of his time criticizing us for being lazy reporters who hand in spoon-fed jargon to their editors and have lost the ability to track down a …

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