• Union general could smell battle brewing

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Federal Army was not sitting idly by while the Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi were in the midst of reorganizing. While Helena hosted the majority of the Federal army in Arkansas, one cannot forget the scattered Yankee forces across …

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  • Why I’m against exceptions for rape and incest

    Politicians hone the art of the non-answer. The stock-often flippant-thing they say when asked a direct question; their go-to platitudes. For example: “What would you do about the war in Afghanistan?” Answer: “Listen to the commanders on the ground.” Translation: I wouldn’t DO anything. Another …

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  • Offshore ban leads to higher gas prices

    In the Hofstra presidential debate, President Obama said: “When I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse.” Wrong. Prices collapsed because we signaled to the world that we were finally moving forward …

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  • Letters to the editor

    Voter says no to ‘bigoted’ writings  On Saturday, Oct. 20, Charlie Fuqua came campaigning to my home. I told him that, having read his views, I would not vote for him. Mr. Fuqua told me that what I had seen printed was out of context, …

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  • Boo! Kaylee’s first trip to zoo

    Saturday night, we were among the walking dead. And giant butterflies and ladybugs. And several superheroes, including Superman, Captain America and Batman, as well as princesses, witches and more. Gary and I took Kaylee on her first trip to Boo at the Zoo, held at …

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  • Arkansan Dizzy Dean was baseball great

    “Dizzy” Dean was born in Lucas (Logan County), Ark., on Jan. 16, 1910. Dizzy enjoyed creating confusion about his birthday and even his correct given names. While playing semi-pro baseball, Dean would “borrow” first names of other players he met. For a time he was …

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  • 14-year-old is someone to look up to

    It’s easy to take so many things for granted when you live in a country that upholds the freedom to do so much yet most often comes at the hands of those who fought and died for it to be that way. I had heard, …

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  • You can’t make this stuff up!

    If you’re into crazy but true stories like me, I have the prefect website- -— Atlas Obscura. A friend of mine at work showed it to me and it’s full of crazy stories and places that are submitted by readers. Whenever readers can submit to …

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  • Halloween will never be the same

    Maybe it’s just the haze of nostalgia, but it seems that 40-plus years ago when I was trick-or-treating age, we could put the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, civil unrest and the drug culture out of our minds long enough for some good old-fashioned fun. …

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  • Interview with Big Bird

    A butler opens the door of the large Sesame Street brownstone and guides me to the parlor. Big Bird is sitting on a large couch, wearing a silk smoking jacket, holding a bourbon and enjoying a drag on what appears to be an unfiltered Camel …

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  • Of ancient pyramids, ice and maps

    As late as midweek I did not think I had time to write this column before deadline, but here it is with apologies to those I told there would be no “What the???” this week. A team of explorers is claiming to have found evidence …

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  • Cutting down on food waste

    When we were children, our mothers told us to eat all the food on our plates because it was good for us and bad to throw it out. Today, professionals who manage the disposal of our garbage say there are direct consequences of not cleaning …

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