• Want fries with that?

    Recently a nationwide protest took place against low wages in the American fast-food industry. It culminated in hundreds of arrests, including 10 in Little Rock, as activists stepped up their campaign, demanding higher pay and better benefits for workers at companies including McDonald’s, Burger King …

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  • 50th anniversary of the TV ad that changed politics

    Happy anniversary, Daisy girl! What would politics be like today if she hadn’t burst upon the scene 50 years ago — a freckled tyke blown up in a nuclear blast, the star of America’s first gut-punch TV ad? If the “Daisy ad” hadn’t smeared Barry …

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  • Strong women

    I am constantly finding myself in the company of people from all walks of life. They all have different stories and all show incredible strength. Here are a few of my favorites: Jo Canada: Miss Jo landed in my life during one of the worst …

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  • Farm fresh

    Two cars pull up side-by-side in the back of an empty movie theater parking lot. The cars faced opposite directions, so the driver side windows are parallel. After a brief conversation between the drivers, money exchanges hands for a couple of plastic bags. The contents …

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  • Toltec Mounds are a mystery

    It is a story that stretches back more than 1,200 years in Arkansas, and it started with a letter. In 1876, Mary Eliza Knapp wrote to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., to report a curious find on her property near Scott in Lonoke County, …

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  • Change is the only constant

    Let’s face it — change is hard. We get up each morning and immediately start making decisions throughout the day; some are easy while others, not so much. Do I fix oatmeal or eggs for breakfast? Do I wear the pink shirt and black pants, …

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  • Biggest difference between success and mediocrity for teachers, leaders

    Do you remember your most horrible teacher? What about your worst boss? You can probably still hear their words in your head. I have vivid memories of my sixth-grade teacher, whom I shall not name, peering over her glasses at me, rolling her eyes, and …

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  • The vindication of President Nixon

    Forty years ago many Americans celebrated the demise of the imperial presidency with the resignation of Richard Nixon. Today, it is clear they celebrated too soon. Nixon’s view of presidential powers, summed up in his infamous statement that, “when the president does it that means …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    I worked at the polls when the renewal of the ¼ cent economic tax was voted on and I heard 2 main reasons expressed by the majority of the voters for the ¼ cent economic tax failing. One reason was the fact that much of …

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  • Memphis halts Beale Street fee

    What might be bad for business could be dangerous for visitors, especially those who go walking after midnight. The city of Memphis recently thought it was a good idea to institute a $10 “security fee” to people who visit Beale Street during peak times as …

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  • 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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