• Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor: I would like to respond to Tina Dupuy’s opinion column that appeared in the July 2 edition of the Batesville Guard. First, she implies that Conservative Christians do not and will not stand up for the religious freedom of other faiths. Pro-life views …

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  • So how do you channel a toddler’s spirit?

    “We spend the first 12 months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 20 years telling them to sit down and shut up.” —Phyllis Diller   Phyllis Diller may be only partially right in the above statement. There are …

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  • SCOTUS ruling

    For all the times I have argued with people (and, yes, I have done some of that) about … issues, I don’t recall a single time when somebody with an opposing viewpoint stopped and said “Yes. I see what you mean. Now that you’ve explained …

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  • Commonwealth College threatened Faubus’ political career

    The small college tucked in the hills of southwestern Arkansas wouldn’t last long. However, the reputation of Commonwealth College lived long after its namesake, spread far beyond its Mena-area confines, and threatened to derail the political career of one of Arkansas’ most famous and notorious …

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  • Why giving everyone a trophy sets us up for failure at work, in life

    Giving away meaningless trophies doesn’t inspire anyone to new heights of improved performance. Nor does it build self-esteem. The token trophy movement that started in peewee soccer is having a chilling effect on the workplace. As leadership coach, I routinely encounter leaders who don’t give …

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  • Market for unthinkable now common

    It’s unbeknownst to me, even for someone without kids, at how a person could forget to leave a child in a hot car, but sadly, it happens. Changes in routine, distraction, drugs, alcohol are no excuses for why. In 2013, 44 children in the U.S. …

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  • 2014 marks Babe Ruth’s MLB centennial

    Where were you on April 8, 1974? I was in the upstairs bedroom I shared with younger brother Dwight, listening to the radio as Hank Aaron broke the career home run record set by George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. some four decades earlier. Aaron’s milestone …

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  • Tired of being tired: Bottoms up!

    Now that I have nearly dominated the coupon world, I have set out a new goal — to get healthy. I’m tired of being tired. I want to feel good again and through research I have found I have to get back to the basics …

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  • Learning about Sacajawea

    A book, “In Calico and Crinoline: True Stories of American Women 1608-1865,”  that once held a place in the Oil Trough School Library and was first published in 1935, was written by Eleanor Sickels with 19 drawings by Ilse Bischoff and tells 18 stories about …

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  • Congratulations to almost all

    Let’s hear it for our Special Forces, the FBI and any and all others who helped in the arrest of a top suspect in the massacre of American envoys at Benghazi. The American eagle’s reach is still impressive. It seems we have not forgotten our …

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  • Is this planet of the apes or mountain lions?

    Ever notice how sometimes critters will show up where they’re not wanted? Mice in your house, for example. Crickets in your bathtub. Snakes in your backyard. And other times critters may end up in places that sure aren’t the safest for them. Deer crossing the …

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  • Freedom for Hobby Lobby’s religion

    Conservative Christians cheered when Hobby Lobby was able to deny working women of childbearing age birth control coverage though their company’s insurance plan. They called it a victory for “religious freedom.”  I would like to see those applauding this newly discovered corporate-conscience also stand up …

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