• Galileo and climate change deniers

    Future historians will rightly compare the climate change deniers of the 21st century to the science-hating reactionaries who jailed Galileo in the 17th century. But at least the truthers of yore had an excuse, because science was a fairly new concept. Our deniers have no …

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  • Bugging out: Protect kids this summer

    It’s tick season. And mosquito season. And chigger season. Is there any bug that isn’t causing us trouble these days? If we’re soaking up the summer sun, we’re also easy targets for all sorts of disease-carrying insects. Parents wonder what they should do to protect …

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  • Pleasant Plains was on Southwest Trail

    When you stop and think about it, you realize that 1970 was 44 years ago. We should all be grateful for the charter members and following members and writers of articles and furnshers of photos for the local historical society’s publication, the Independence County Chronicle. …

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  • Working on garden of my dreams

    Spring is finally here and I for one am thrilled. While I’m not a fan of tornado season, I absolutely despise the winter months. There is nothing about ice, sleet or snow that appeals to me, not even during the Christmas holiday. The only way …

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  • Neutrality nuts won’t be happy till government controls Internet

    Angry liberals are set to descend on the Federal Communications Commission to disgrace themselves by shouting down the proceedings. The lead group involved, Free Press, has sent out an invitation asking people to bring “pots, pans or whatever else you can bang on so the …

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  • Are we becoming who and what we hate?

    Are we becoming who and what we hate? When I first came to work at the Guard one of my primary responsibilities was to fill inside pages with national and international news. With little knowledge or much real interest about international affairs, I became obsessed …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Lower taxes instead of raising wages Once again we are hearing about a higher minimum wage. But, basic economics shows that raising the minimum wage is nothing but a feel-good Band-Aid on a festering problem. The strength of any wage is its buying power. In …

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  • On rudeness and incivility

    What do you mean Americans have gotten ruder?” “Poll after poll has been showing it in recent years. More than 70 percent of the respondents questioned in an Associated Press poll believe people are ruder than they were 20 or 30 years ago.” “Why would …

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  • Find your place in the world

    Graduation is here and with it comes a mixture of feelings, from relief to disbelief with some excitement and apprehension often thrown in. Some graduates are looking forward to starting college, while others may be thinking about job hunting. It has come up in conversation …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Proud to be from Batesville Dear editor: Congratulations to the citizens of Batesville who voted for the improvements to the North Complex. What an awesome weekend for the Kinsler Classic NIT youth tournament (May 2-3). Hundreds of ball players, parents, grandparents, family and friends were …

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  • Two states going in opposite directions on Hispanics

    It’s the kind of headline we used to see in Texas: The Florida Senate just passed the DREAM Act. Texas used to teach Republicans how to court Hispanic voters, but things have gotten so far out of control here that Texas is now making Florida …

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  • Breaking up is hard to do

    I think it’s time to call it quits. For eight years you’ve taken and taken and I’ve let you. I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed it. You’ve held my attention, made me laugh and smile. You’ve been there to give me what I want, when …

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