• Watch out for these two stupid time sucks

    When is it OK to interrupt someone who is sharing information that you don’t need? I recently had the agonizing experience of waiting through a monologue from a chirpy AT&T customer rep who wasted 30 seconds of my time describing how pleased she was to …

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  • The right way to kill a man

    The government of Oklahoma did not botch an execution last week. When the administration of an untested combination of drugs fails, we do not describe the treatment as “botched,” but simply as a failed experiment. On April 29, the government of Oklahoma conducted an unsuccessful …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Green energy With all of the talk of climate change, I can certainly understand why people would look for green forms of energy. It just never occurred to me that the green energy they were looking for was Soylent Green. In case you’ve never seen …

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  • Some’ll restore your faith

    The F4 tornado that plowed through the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia a week ago Sunday night was more than a mile wide, stayed on the ground for more than 40 miles and left a path of utter devastation in its path. Hundreds of people …

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  • Communities rebuild after getting knocked down

    It may not seem like the most appropriate song to sing after a tornado hits your town, shattering buildings and homes, but the 1990’s hit “Tubthumping” immediately comes to mind: “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You ain’t ever gonna keep me …

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  • Improved warning systems save lives

    With springtime, Arkansans have long looked with trepidation to rising storm clouds or sudden shifts in winds. While Arkansas is considered on the edge of the notorious Tornado Alley, the intensity and fury of these storms have not spared the people of the state. Tornadoes …

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  • Crossing musical genres

    Sometime ago, my sister-in-law gave me a copy of “The Essential Earl Thomas Conley” with the country singer’s biggest and best hits. And while Bon Jovi will always hold a spot of honor at the top of my playlist, these days I listen to a …

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  • How to end slavery in the U.S. *Spoiler: Decriminalize prostitution

    Americans have warmed up to the idea of marijuana being legal. Most polls now report more than 50 percent voters think pot should be legal if not decriminalized. And with good reason: More than half (52 percent) of drug arrests are for marijuana. This is …

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  • Why we’re no longer No. 1

    Last week World Bank economists predicted that China would soon displace the United States as the world’s largest economy. The fact that this one-time economic basket case is now positioned to surpass the U.S. is one more sign of the damage done to American prosperity …

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  • Back on the (walking) trail again

    For more than a week now, Luke and I have laced up our walking shoes and hit the road — make that Batesville’s Greenway Trail. And when we have missed a day, boy do I feel it. We both know our bodies need the exercise …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Prohibition does not work in America Dear editor: I am a native of Independence County and have spent the past 15 years living in my home community. However, the majority of my professional career has been devoted to the study and treatment of addictive disorders. …

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  • Your trash, my spring yard work

    After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, a few crocuses were already in bloom and the daffodils were starting to poke up. Then I looked toward the road. The melted snow had revealed …

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