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  • Are you dying to write your own obituary?

    Are you an unsung hero? Do those you encounter not appreciate the “real” you? Must you always having the last word? Then you might be interested in the new trend spotted by USA Today: self-penned obituaries, also known as “selfie obits” or “autobituaries.” As someone …

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  • Why should the government deliver mail?

    In a country where people extol the virtues of free enterprise, why is the U.S. government involved in the delivery of mail? After all, it would be difficult to find a better example of a violation of the principles of free enterprise than the U.S. …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor: I was pleased to read Rick Jensen’s op-ed piece in the Feb. 16 issue of the Batesville Guard concerning the ridiculous inclusion of famed neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Watch” list. It is ironic that such a …

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  • ‘Upskirting’ should be illegal in all states

    An Oregon judge has acquitted a 61-year-old man who admitted taking photographs up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl as she shopped at a Target store in suburban Portland. Circuit Court Judge Eric Butterfield ruled on Thursday that Patrick Buono did not break the law …

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  • Give it a chance

    Name a small town where everybody agrees with all the decisions of the mayor and the city council. I’ll wait. Nope. Not even Mayberry. Just the other night, Andy was in a dispute with the Mayor and Council over evicting that nice man from his …

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  • Remembering the ‘Miracle on Ice’

    Feb. 22 will mark the 35th anniversary of the upset victory by the U.S. hockey team over their heavily favored Soviet rivals in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Ever since known as the “Miracle on Ice,” Sports Illustrated named this game “the greatest sports moment of …

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  • Becoming ‘death qualified’

    What does it mean to be a “death qualified” juror? The first time I saw that phrase, I thought it was a tad pretentious. I have never been a part of a jury, although I was summoned once, while attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, …

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  • Rogue electronics

    After I bought my new smart television a while back, I thought my next fun purchase would be one of those robotic vacuums. Because I only have hardwood flooring, I thought, “Hey! This is a fantastic way to minimize my workload and keep my floors …

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  • Hernando de Soto, Part II

    Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts about the explorer Hernando de Soto.   Hernando de Soto was a veteran explorer of the New World by 1539. Based on his fortune, influence with the King of Spain, and his past successes in South …

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  • How many more wars?

    Last week President Obama sent Congress legislation to authorize him to use force against ISIS “and associated persons and forces” anywhere in the world for the next three years. This is a blank check for the president to start as many new wars as he …

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  • Life without Waylon, Johnny and Daddy

    When Waylon Jennings died Feb. 13, 2002, I cried for Daddy. Waylon was his favorite artist and I knew he would be crushed when I called him that night. Eleven months later, Daddy would be gone, and nearly eight months after that, Johnny Cash, another …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: On Friday, Jan. 30, I went on a field trip to the Old Independence Regional Museum with my son’s class (Southside Middle School). The students have been studying Arkansas history with an emphasis on Independence County. The tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and …

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