• Letter to the Editor

    A race‘in need’ Dear Editor: The recent police shooting and killing of an unarmed African-American teenager in Missouri and the trial and conviction of the white homeowner in Detroit who shot and killed a young African-American woman have made headlines the past few weeks. There …

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  • When gov’t teleworkers don’t work from home

    It was just a matter of time for the program to be abused. I refer to the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which provided government employees the opportunity to do their jobs from home. Teleworking is generally a good concept. Federal employees who work from …

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  • Lessons to be learned

    “Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”             —Martin Luther King Jr.   We are now heading into the second week of protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting of …

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  • Home is where the heart is

    I’m a firm believer in recycling. That doesn’t only mean that you have to sort your trash and put the recyclables in a separate plastic bin. It can also mean anything from wearing hand-me-down clothing to decorating your home with used furniture. There are times …

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  • What does library vote say about Fort Smith?

    The fact that the Fort Smith Public Library failed to gain a millage increase is a cause for sadness among those who saw the library’s plan as a route to a better community. The meanness, the anger and complete misinformation behind its loss should be …

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  • Don’t look in my glove box, and I won’t look in yours

    After reading an article by Erika Rawes, “Wall St. Cheat Sheet,” entitled “7 little things that almost everyone steals,” I’ll own up to stealing too. I have walked away from countless places with pens, sometimes not even realizing what I am doing at the time …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Obamacare effect on vet care Dear editor: People have been complaining about Obamacare ruining health care and doctors quitting. It may be affecting vet care also. Today called two vets between Cord and Batesville. First one said could not see a cat till end of …

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  • Dr. Drew’s diagnosis without facts

    On CNN’s “Headline News,” just hours after Robin Williams was found dead by his own hand, Dr. Drew Pinsky, “Dr Drew,” went on national TV, vehemently announcing to the world that he was certain Williams’ “mental illness” was due to having a “biological disorder” that …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: I think we are spoiled. We live in the richest country in the world and most of us don’t even know how people in poorer countries have to live. We think something is wrong if we don’t have the newest, the best and …

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  • About Town (8/18/14)

    The Batesville Community Theatre was at it again. You may remember the article I wrote a few weeks ago about their wonderful production of “Nunsense.” Well, let me be the first to tell you that I was excited to learn they were going to have …

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  • Media and Missouri: What the heck is going on?

    What in the heck is going on with the police in Ferguson, Missouri, and journalists? The St. Louis suburb has been the scene of peaceful protests and charged emotions, and nightly chaos and rampant looting, following the Aug. 9 shooting death of a black teenager, …

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  • Mother hen not looking forward to empty nest

    Here it is already back-to-school time. It’s bittersweet because I am reminded that each year brings me closer to an empty nest. I have been raising children since I was 18 years old and in just four more years my last child will leave home. …

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