• 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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  • Look up! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s idiots!

    Have you ever wondered just what it is that makes people in large crowds act so, well, stupid? I tried to think of a nicer way to put it but there just isn’t one. OK, so I didn’t try that hard, but still, almost every …

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  • The Great Bean Experiment

    John, one of my roommates, had never learned to cook. His family had always had a lot of money and servants. But, just before he came to college, his family had a major setback and lost almost everything. He not only had nonexistent culinary skills, …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: So the Batman turned 75. Wow! I too am a long time reader of D.C. Comics’ Batman. As a small boy, I would look at the pictures and make up the words. I used to wonder “Why is Batman beating up that poor …

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  • Tina Turner, Mad Max, Al Gore and you

    According to a new UN report, there’s good news and bad news about global warming. The good news — it’s worse than we thought. Yeah. That’s the good news. The bad news — you don’t want to know. Because then there’s worse news and ultimately, …

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  • When Arkansas entered the nuclear age

    It is the fundamental building block of the universe. It has the capacity to light homes and destroy cities. It is the atom. As the 20th century dawned, scientists began learning more about the atom and how to control its power. By mid-century, the dream …

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  • Limiting contributions

    Editorial cartoonists have sharpened and turned their disgust and creativity against the U.S. Supreme Court after justices ruled that free speech can be bought when it comes to limits on contributions for political campaigns. We’ve seen cartoonists draw the Monopoly brothers, Mr. Magoo, a megaphone …

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  • Standard testing and teaching writing wrong

    If you have a seventh-grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing. The good news is our country’s education policy recognizes writing is a necessary skill in the information era. The bad news is because of …

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  • Thanks for the little while

    There’s not many people in this world who truly leave it a better place — but Matt Williams did. No question about it, he was one of the best people, best Christians, best friends, I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Matt grew up with …

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  • Springtime in Washington

    Editor note: The following is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!”   Ah, springtime has finally arrived in Washington, D.C. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is beginning. The cherry trees, 3,700 of them …

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