• Shepherd of the Hills returns; schedule limited

    When I wrote my Oct. 10 column about the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre closing after 54 years, I had no idea that owner Gary Snadon was battling pancreatic and liver cancer. With him sick and attendance numbers declining, not to mention the whole …

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  • Patronizing paychecks

    In a move as surprising as limos at a state funeral the GOP has misplaced their ticket for the clue train. Yes, again. Just when you think they get it, party leaders move heaven and earth and that place due south to prove that not …

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  • The new Talk Radio Party

    So what does the Tea Party want this fall? A repeat of 2010, or a repeat of 2012? The Tea Party succeeded spectacularly in 2010. Its principled enthusiasm put Republicans back in charge of the House of Representatives and, if the Tea Party hadn’t been …

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  • Feed hunger, improve school scores

    Research has proven that hungry students don’t perform at peak levels in the classroom, no matter how hard they want to excel. Other researchers have calculated that one in five American children struggle with hunger, and that three in five American teachers see hungry students …

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  • Finding Scottish roots, festival goodies

    If you don’t know your MacDonnell from your MacDowall or your Kilpatrick from your Kirkpatrick, then the Arkansas Scottish Festival is where you should go. Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous April day, and since Gary had to work, I decided to take Kaylee Bug to …

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  • Tax day: What kind of ‘civilization’ are we paying for?

    April 15 seems to be a holiday of sorts for progressives, who inevitably trot out Oliver Wendell Holmes’ quote about taxes being “the price we pay for civilization,” and reminding us of all the great stuff — roads, schools, etc. — that they pay for. …

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  • Royal couple may be coming to Memphis

    Here come the duke and duchess. Well, maybe. Prince William and Princess Kate have been invited to a wedding in Memphis on May 3, according to reports. The London Sunday Times reports the royal couple along with Prince Harry will attend the ceremony of Memphis-born …

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  • Constitution nears 140th birthday

    The state’s current constitution was drawn up in 1874, mostly to rid Arkansas of the laws that centralized authority during the Civil War and Reconstruction years. While Democrats outnumbered Republicans working on the document, convention delegates remained civil and courteous throughout the process. One person, …

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  • Vatican on the forefront of astronomy

    The Vatican is searching for life on other planets from Arizona along with other countries including Germany who ironically named their telescope — Lucifer. In my never-ending quest for knowledge lately, I came across an article talking about the Vatican searching for extraterrestrials. There are …

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  • Income tax procrastinators, unite!

    Suddenly, I don’t feel so alone. According to the Internal Revenue Service, roughly one in five Americans file their federal and state income tax returns in the final week before the April 15 deadline. Yes, every year, despite my best intentions, I wind up rushing to …

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  • My father’s 1959 income tax return

    Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!”   I stumbled upon my father’s 1959 income tax return a few years ago. How I long for the simplicity he enjoyed …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: Tonight as I was reading the Batesville Guard I noticed an article that stated that a constitutional amendment was looked at and rejected that would make it legal to produce and sell alcohol in all 75 Arkansas counties. Not only would it make …

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