• A living wage is an equal voice

    Take a look at your bills: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family to just get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would your family have …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    FVP staffer was there in court with rapist’s victims Dear editor: There has been an unfortunate perception created by a recent public Facebook status regarding Family Violence Prevention Inc., which the organization’s board of directors thinks it should clear up. One of our staff members …

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  • The POWs of Civil War Col. Freeman

    Col. Thomas Roe Freeman of Missouri was captured at Crane Creek on Feb. 14, 1862. From there he was sent to military prison, Alton, Ill. After swearing an Oath of Loyalty to the Union he was paroled June 18, 1862. Men did this over and …

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  • A case of voter ID causes stir

    Recent actions taken by states to enhance the integrity of America’s electoral process by requiring voter ID cards, an idea that most Americans support, has caused quite a stir amongst liberals. Author James Boyard once wrote, “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Thank Thomas Jefferson In response to Mr. Gatewood’s question about the origin of the phrase “separation of church and state,” you can thank Thomas Jefferson for popularizing it. The phrase itself originates from theologian Roger Williams who started the first Baptist Church in America in …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    LITTLE ROCK — After approving a $5 billion budget for state government, the Legislature has officially adjourned the 2014 fiscal session. All but a few of the 300 bills approved during the session were budgets for state agencies, public schools and institutions of higher education. …

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  • Cardinals, or ‘redbirds,’ bring hope, comfort

    I get so happy when I see a redbird outside. Their striking appearance has a way of attracting my attention even on the gloomiest of days. I associate them with my mom, who’s always loved birds, especially the cardinal, and as I get older I …

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  • James Audubon visited Ark. in 1820s

    James Audubon, famous for illustrating America’s birds during frontier times, visited Arkansas Territory in 1820 and 1822. He is credited with discovering, near Arkansas Post, a new flycatcher bird species that he named Traill’s Flycatcher. Audubon was born in 1785 in Haiti, but grew up …

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  • Unplugging from technology

    I am seriously considering proposing to my family that there be at least one day out of the week where we as a family do not use any technology — where, when we come home from work and school, no one uses the phone, plays …

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  • The diminishment of religious persecution

    Sorry, my fellow hyperbolists, slavery is not being required to pay income tax. Also, gun control is not what Hitler did to the Jewish people. And the religious right is not being persecuted for their religious beliefs in America in 2014. In order to be …

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  • ‘Forced’ annexation by Hitler, now Putin

    Vladimir Putin’s “forced” annexation of the Crimea invites memories of Adolph Hitler’s annexation of Austria. Both absorbed their weaker neighbor with over 96 percent of their vote. With unemployment and interest rates at 25 percent in 1938, Austria was in deep depression and “people were …

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  • Stupid is as stupid does

    Albert Einstein once said that only two things were infinite: The universe, and human stupidity. He was 100 percent correct. Last week I read an article about an 18-year-old who drank 10 Jägerbombs and then collapsed on her bathroom floor. For those who don’t know …

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