• Carbon pawprint: Should pets be banned?

    Could it be that the “elephant in the room” is literally an elephant in the room? Yes, most of us try not to think too hard about the precious resources used by our precious four-legged companions; but a “community discussion” in the Salon online magazine …

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  • Crystal skull found in top of Memphis pyramid

    It’s always a sight to behold when crossing over the bridge heading into Memphis — the Pyramid Arena. The 32-foot-tall pyramid seems oddly out of place but for those who know the history of Memphis, it makes perfect sense. Memphis was founded by President Andrew …

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  • Life, liberty and the right of a child to fire an Uzi

    The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use … an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That …

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  • Government doesn’t care about U.S. workers

    Another meaningless Labor Day has passed. For many, the holiday represents a day off from work and the end of summer. Some attended local parades where they heard candidates pledge to create jobs. President Obama, in Wisconsin, said that under his direction, the economy has …

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  • Central High and Faubus’ legacy

    In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that “separate but equal” public schools were unconstitutional and ordered and end to segregation in schools across the U.S. In the South there was resistance — often violent resistance. But desegregation …

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  • Dew tasted ‘as sweet as honey’

    When Leif Ericsson and his crew landed in North America about the year 1000 A.D., they made several observations. Among those were that they thought “even the dew on the grass tasted sweet.” Well, I, for one, am sure it did. Any vegetation, at least …

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  • Free speech for dummies

    Do you remember the first time that you learned about the United States Constitution? More than likely it was during sixth-grade social studies class. My husband teaches that class and it’s definitely in the current curriculum. It comes up again in ninth-grade civics, and if …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: I live in Batesville but I am very much opposed to the people of Southside being forced into something they don’t want. The Aug. 25 city council meeting was a joke, a farce. Mr. Bryant talked a lot, but did not say much. …

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  • Please don’t judge

    Facebook and Twitter have their places, and sometimes social media is very helpful to this writer. I can use it to get opinions, ideas and sources. But it can also be a great source of frustration when people post things out of ignorance.  Made-up stories …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: The ancient story of David and Goliath has a beautiful ending. Unfortunately that’s not how most things turn out. The betting line is in Goliath’s favor. Russia annexed the Crimea because it could. It will likely annex the rest of Ukraine because it …

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  • Jamestown and the infamous (and not so famous) ‘James boys’

    Jamestown is one of those little communities that if you blink your eyes, you’re through it. About eight miles southwest of Batesville, it sits at the bases of Jamestown Mountain near Jamestown Creek. In the 1840s Daniel James, land speculator, began settling the area. Along …

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  • Plenty of activities coming up in fall

    September has arrived, and that can only mean that Halloween is tomorrow and Christmas is next week. Gary, Kaylee and I have been busy all summer but we haven’t really taken a vacation per se, so at some point this fall, we’d like to get …

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