• Want the cure? Go to bed

    You won’t believe this one. According to agencies such as the American Medical Association and the Center for Disease Control and even according to our very own United States Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the youth of America have a serious health risk. Want to know …

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  • The dirty dozen

    Clean eating has become a way of life for me and my family, and I promote that to others as much as possible. But some people keep telling me that eating clean isn’t possible for them because it’s too expensive or organic produce just isn’t …

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  • Pride goeth before a sinking ship

    Mike Yates has finally assumed responsibility for his actions. It’s not about time — it’s way past time. The former Jonesboro police chief announced his resignation effective Monday after weeks of letting his “anger and pride over-ride (his) judgment and wisdom by saying a number …

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  • What we’ve managed to accomplish in Iraq

    We have been at war with Iraq for 24 years, starting with Operations Desert Shield and Storm in 1990. Shortly after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait that year, the propaganda machine began agitating for a U.S. attack on Iraq. We all remember the appearance before Congress …

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  • Truly transcending Obamacare

    While the dominant Republican slogan on health care remains “repeal and replace,” there is little agreement on what “replace” means. But if we wait until Obamacare can be repealed before developing a consensus on positive health care changes, major parts of Obamacare will be even …

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  • Conversations with Mom

    “Lady across from me, I thought was playing with an etch-a-shetch but then I noticed an apple emblem on back, lol! “P.s. How do you spell scetch?” Conversations with Mom are always eventful, even more so when they’re in the form of text messages. The …

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  • Arkansas actress Gail Davis befriended Gene Autry

    In the days when Westerns dominated the new invention of television, one Arkansas actress charmed audiences across the nation with her colorful portrayals. Gail Davis, once called by longtime friend Gene Autry “the perfect Western actress,” was a familiar face on television and film in …

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  • Editorial – City idea headed south

    Some of those living on the south side of the river have been shocked to learn Batesville leaders had put a plan in motion to bring them into their fold. After all, no one had so much as talked with or consulted them, much less …

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  • Compensation for bad reactions to vaccinations

    It’s school time again and for many parents it’s time for shots. I thought we were done with shots a long time ago but this year my daughter Alexas was required to get a meningitis shot. I was leery of giving her any shots because …

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  • James Foley showed courage in the face of danger

    To just mourn the brutal death of photojournalist James Foley … seems not enough. To just be sickened by the shabby and cowardly manner in which he was beheaded by the terrorist group ISIS … feels inadequate. And to hear his killers say Foley died …

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  • Maine Coon Cats

    In 2007, one of my columns was about Maine Coon Cats, and it was a memorable one, especially for some folks. That column included a bit of history: Maine Coons are considered America’s only natural, long-haired native cat. However, they are thought to have originated …

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  • 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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