• Friends and freedom

    Dear Children: After chewing on the “You were awful parents — you never knew where we were,” remark for some time, this is my response. I guess we weren’t the best parents, mainly because we were hardly more than kids ourselves and didn’t see any …

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  • Coffee addict

    As I sit down to write my column this morning (of course it’s deadline day), I hold in my hand a steaming cup of glorious black coffee. Cream and sugar are for wimps. I’m a solid coffee snob who likes her coffee black straight up! …

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  • Survey Says! Top 5 answers on the board

    I suppose every teenager goes through that “I’m smarter than everyone else on the planet” phase. I certainly did and while I am not looking forward to that with Kaylee in about 12 years or so, I figure my parents are surely hoping for a …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Remembering King, Eastman crash Each year during this time of year, I usually find a time to reminisce over some parts of my life and celebrate the birthday of possibly the greatest civil rights leader in history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yesterday as I awoke, I began …

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  • What are Americans really like?

    Older pastors in the community welcomed the bright, young preacher with gifts of commentaries and reference books. After a few months the young preacher confessed theology and biblical doctrine were so complex and difficult to comprehend that sometimes he had to read the Bible to …

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  • Smart911 can save time in emergency

    We live in an era when privacy is difficult to maintain. Even things we want to remain hidden — bank accounts, Social Security numbers, where we store our valuables — are at risk because of emerging technologies and time-tested information-stealing tactics. At times, we even …

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  • ‘Crackstick,’ ChapStick addicts find support Lip Balm Anonymous is just a click away

    Lip balm is a serious addiction, or it can be. A recent news report highlighted the addiction, and I admit, I was surprised too. Then again, I suppose we all have something that has the potential to make us lean a little past left of …

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  • America’s also-ran industrial complex

    We often hear about the corrupting influence of money in politics. This usually means quid pro quos for moneyed interests. There’s lip service paid to the amount of cash a politician must raise in order to even run for office. Famously, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy …

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  • Kids and vegetables: It’s not that hard

    Don’t you just love it when you get on the Internet and you’re bombarded by a ton of so-called “news” stories? The second your home page pops up, there they are: “Man’s $400 million Facebook mistake” or “Tax mines that could blow up your return” …

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  • Hildebrand exacted revenge with his rifle, ‘Kill Devil’

    Here in the Ozarks of Arkansas, we tell tales of Chris Denton, Bill Dark, Thomas Roe Freeman, Bill Williams and other heroes and villains of the Civil War. Because Missouri experiences more war-time conflict than all other states combined, their legacy of irregulars, regulars, vigilantes, …

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  • Hands washed? Cough covered? Flu season 2015 is in full force

    The 2015 flu season is already shaping up to be a bad one. In recent years, our state hasn’t even seen much influenza until the end of January. But Arkansas Children’s Hospital and other medical centers have already experienced a spike in their numbers of …

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  • Normal people, tiny houses

    Currently, I am addicted to watching televised shows featuring normal size people moving into tiny homes. Apparently this new wave of downsizing has taken it to some of the smallest limits possible and it is fun to watch them ooh and aah over their miniature …

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