• State Capitol Week in Review

    When Arkansas voters go to the polls, they will receive lengthy ballots that include four proposed constitutional amendments. Three of the proposed amendments were referred by the legislature and would change current laws on ethics, ballot issues, term limits and the procedures for implementing rules …

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  • My new American Dream

    While I was growing up, I was taught the American Dream consisted of working hard so you could one day own a home and provide for the needs of your family. The American Dream, however, has changed and coming at a price I am no …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    A yes vote on annexation is a vote for the future Towns all over Arkansas are struggling to maintain their municipal services, attract industry, maintain their schools, increase their population and have leverage in Little Rock. Many are dying out. I come from two towns …

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  • History of nursing homes in Ark.

    “What are you going to do about it?” implored a mother to her son one day. The year was 1969, and U.S. Rep. David Pryor was being confronted by his mother about a serious problem facing an aunt in a nursing home. In spite of …

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  • No offense, but …

    The latest mudslinging to hit the political races last week was the racist email forwarded eight years ago by one candidate. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not claiming to be a supporter but when choosing candidates, this sure doesn’t weigh up there on the …

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  • Local performances sure to entertain all

    My oldest daughter texted me and told me she had tickets for the Crescent Circus and she wanted me to tag along. My first reaction was that I really don’t care for circuses. I feel sorry for the animals, clowns really freak me out and …

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  • Gimme a second shot at ‘15 minutes of fame’

    According to an old saying, everyone will have 15 minutes of fame sometime in their life. When I was in high school, I hoped, with luck, to find mine in football. Our high school offensive line coach was a great man, but he had a …

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  • Colored troops, corn needed in battle 150 years ago

    One hundred fifty years ago, Confederate Gen. Sterling Price had many Union commanders on their toes, nervously anticipating Price’s next move in north Arkansas and Missouri. As the Union garrisons across the state were suffering low troop levels already, a hasty dispatch was sent from …

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  • When one door opens, opportunity awaits

    My neurotic/Dumpster-diving/get-from-the-curb-free/I-can-spot-a-bargain friend once asked: What is your obsession with doors? Until then, I had no idea there was one, but decided there must be a reason I can’t pass up the oldest, ugliest, imperfect door, even when I have no idea what I am …

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  • Volunteering has merits – Lessons from boss’ point of view

    Most people do what their boss asks, but only a select few figure out what their boss really needs. My dad, an ex-Navy vet, who went on to a successful career in banking, once told me, “I learned early on that seeing things from my …

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  • What United States needs is more independent contractors

    If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar. Maybe I better explain. In addition to writing this weekly column, I provide professional copywriting services to a variety of organizations. If they like my work, they give me more and I prosper. If …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Why isn’t the library a bigger issue? Dear editor: If Gerald, Beverly and Jeremy B. Anders think they can do the mayor’s job so well, then why don’t they do something about the library? Uh let’s see the library needs more parking space an more …

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