• Improved warning systems save lives

    With springtime, Arkansans have long looked with trepidation to rising storm clouds or sudden shifts in winds. While Arkansas is considered on the edge of the notorious Tornado Alley, the intensity and fury of these storms have not spared the people of the state. Tornadoes …

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  • Crossing musical genres

    Sometime ago, my sister-in-law gave me a copy of “The Essential Earl Thomas Conley” with the country singer’s biggest and best hits. And while Bon Jovi will always hold a spot of honor at the top of my playlist, these days I listen to a …

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  • How to end slavery in the U.S. *Spoiler: Decriminalize prostitution

    Americans have warmed up to the idea of marijuana being legal. Most polls now report more than 50 percent voters think pot should be legal if not decriminalized. And with good reason: More than half (52 percent) of drug arrests are for marijuana. This is …

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  • Why we’re no longer No. 1

    Last week World Bank economists predicted that China would soon displace the United States as the world’s largest economy. The fact that this one-time economic basket case is now positioned to surpass the U.S. is one more sign of the damage done to American prosperity …

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  • Back on the (walking) trail again

    For more than a week now, Luke and I have laced up our walking shoes and hit the road — make that Batesville’s Greenway Trail. And when we have missed a day, boy do I feel it. We both know our bodies need the exercise …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Prohibition does not work in America Dear editor: I am a native of Independence County and have spent the past 15 years living in my home community. However, the majority of my professional career has been devoted to the study and treatment of addictive disorders. …

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  • Your trash, my spring yard work

    After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, a few crocuses were already in bloom and the daffodils were starting to poke up. Then I looked toward the road. The melted snow had revealed …

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  • Smartphone addiction is not so smart

    Get this: People are becoming addicted to their smartphones.  According to a report from Flurry Analytics, says The Washington Post’s Style Blog, the average mobile consumer checks his phone 150 times a day. A “mobile addict” is defined as someone who launches apps more than …

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  • Presidents spend millions of taxpayer dollars for vacations

    While the working class in America is slaving away every day waiting for that precious week of vacation that many will end up putting on a credit card, our presidents are spending millions of our tax dollars on their vacations. Earlier this week, Freedom of …

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  • Glasswipes: There’s an app for that

    A tsunami of tech is engulfing our nation, and in the process, redecorating communities like a family of grizzly bears locked in a Volkswagen van. A family of obscenely paid bespectacled grizzly bears with a taste for artisanal toast. Remember back in high school when …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Don’t make it easy for me Dear editor: A very disturbing letter was written by Ken Calaway and featured in last Thursday’s Daily Guard. Have ya read the paper lately, Ken? Add a little easy to get alcohol in the mix and they’ll have to …

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  • ‘Tell Them They Lie’

    Two years after I became aware of it, I read the Traveller Bird book “Tell Them They Lie: The Sequoyah Myth.” What I learned centered mostly on the history of the Cherokee people and that apparently not much is really known about Sequoyah. History tells …

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