• Retirement: A new and different form of work

    Both financial and physical well-being in retirement require foresight and planning. Although far too many people fail to plan their financial resources, perhaps even more people fail to plan how to invest their hours and days once the structure of the work week is removed …

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  • Rules over reasoning

    If authorities had determined she purposely locked her baby in a car, the Florida mom would have been handcuffed and taken to jail faster than greased lightning, but when calling 911 to report having accidently done so, Shana Dees was reportedly told she couldn’t be …

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  • Rev. Al Sharpton gets it ‘right’

    The Rev. Al Sharpton is getting the right kind of grief. This time it’s not from conservatives for being a race hustler who exploits every white-on-black killing to raise money for his civil rights group National Action Network or to boost his miserable ratings on …

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  • Campfire cheesy squash

    Here’s what you need: Sliced squash (one per person), slices or chunks of cheese of your choice, salt/pepper, stick of butter, heavy-duty aluminum foil, campfire coals. What you do: Tear off piece of aluminum foil large enough to hold one or two sliced squash. Use …

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  • From the outside looking in

    There’s a big deal going on in town right now over the proposed annexation of a portion of Southside that threatens to divide communities. One side wants to grow the city while the other wants to be left alone. One side thinks a larger population …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Why volunteer? I volunteer at the Independence County museum (Old Regional Independence Museum) because I believe the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Like Paul Harvey, I believe the only way to stay healthy and happy when you retire is to do volunteer work …

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  • Territorial governor steered Arkansas out of wilderness era

    John Pope was the third territorial governor of Arkansas and a man who helped steer Arkansas out of its wilderness era. However, his outspokenness would spark many political fights within the new territory. Pope was born in 1770 on his parents’ farm in northern Virginia, …

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  • We shouldn’t take truck drivers for granted

    Are you ready for long waits, bare store shelves and higher prices? According to the Business Insider website, the trucking industry has a shortage of 30,000 drivers. The American Trucking Association expects the shortage to skyrocket to 239,000 by 2022. The larger trucking firms expect …

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  • Fuel of the future

    Scientists and researchers say it’s a surprise to them that there is “widespread methane leakage” from the ocean floor off the U.S. East Coast, according to The Associated Press, Well, it’s a surprise to me that it’s a surprise to them. Nobody’s going to accuse …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    A legacy of adversity Dear editor: If it is not about the money … If the leaders of Batesville only want a larger population and are not after the revenues south of the river, then it would be more logical to go along the northern …

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  • Labor Day: A historical perspective

    Labor Day is just around the corner. For most Americans, this means little more than the end of the summer social season. Kids and college students alike return to school, leaving relieved parents to grasp some sense of normalcy. Cookouts flare on and friends get …

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  • Common denominators

    The common denominators in most of our lives center around our families, friends, relationships and the people we work with. Lately I’ve taken stock of my life and put together memory boxes to hold those various recollections and decided that I would only allow the …

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