• Confidence in government sinks: Should we care?

    Did you greet the news with horror, stoic resignation or yawns? I speak of the Gallup Poll (conducted between June 5 and 8) that reveals confidence in the presidency at the lowest point since the financial crisis at the tail end of the Bush administration …

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  • Some flour, a broom and a lesson on being needed

    As I looked down at the flour on the floor and the straw of the broom as it meets the floor at the edge of heap, I swiftly moved it through the white powder. In the motion, my mind sweeps over my memories and I …

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  • Young man headed for West Point shows us we all can do better

    Sometimes you just have to reach out and ask for help. This week, I’m asking for yours. When I had the opportunity to sit down with 18-year-old Shawn Young and write his story, I didn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on the past and …

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  • Family planning doesn’t trump cancer treatment

    A few months ago my husband got a bad cold. It wasn’t your normal run-of-the-mill cold either. Three weeks into it and after two rounds of antibiotics, the wheezing still wasn’t getting any better. The doctor finally diagnosed him with seasonal asthma. Turns out it’s …

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  • What about the right to paid vacation?

    Ah, summer is here. We all know what that means: The rights crowd will demand that our politicians pass new federal laws to make paid vacation mandatory. It is true that the United States is the only advanced economy that does not require employers to …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor: I would like to respond to Tina Dupuy’s opinion column that appeared in the July 2 edition of the Batesville Guard. First, she implies that Conservative Christians do not and will not stand up for the religious freedom of other faiths. Pro-life views …

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  • So how do you channel a toddler’s spirit?

    “We spend the first 12 months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 20 years telling them to sit down and shut up.” —Phyllis Diller   Phyllis Diller may be only partially right in the above statement. There are …

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  • SCOTUS ruling

    For all the times I have argued with people (and, yes, I have done some of that) about … issues, I don’t recall a single time when somebody with an opposing viewpoint stopped and said “Yes. I see what you mean. Now that you’ve explained …

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  • Commonwealth College threatened Faubus’ political career

    The small college tucked in the hills of southwestern Arkansas wouldn’t last long. However, the reputation of Commonwealth College lived long after its namesake, spread far beyond its Mena-area confines, and threatened to derail the political career of one of Arkansas’ most famous and notorious …

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  • Why giving everyone a trophy sets us up for failure at work, in life

    Giving away meaningless trophies doesn’t inspire anyone to new heights of improved performance. Nor does it build self-esteem. The token trophy movement that started in peewee soccer is having a chilling effect on the workplace. As leadership coach, I routinely encounter leaders who don’t give …

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  • Market for unthinkable now common

    It’s unbeknownst to me, even for someone without kids, at how a person could forget to leave a child in a hot car, but sadly, it happens. Changes in routine, distraction, drugs, alcohol are no excuses for why. In 2013, 44 children in the U.S. …

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  • 2014 marks Babe Ruth’s MLB centennial

    Where were you on April 8, 1974? I was in the upstairs bedroom I shared with younger brother Dwight, listening to the radio as Hank Aaron broke the career home run record set by George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. some four decades earlier. Aaron’s milestone …

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