• Today’s society: Entitlement and ‘gimme, gimme, gimme’

    I’m sure by now everyone has heard the word “entitlement” used to describe people in today’s society. The word is used almost daily by a variety of different groups with all sorts of agendas. Sometimes I wonder if anyone really knows what an “entitlement” is …

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  • Caraway was first woman elected to U.S. Senate

    Hattie Caraway was not going to stay quiet. Her husband dead only a few months and already having had to fight an election to keep his seat in the United States Senate, the nation’s only woman senator was determined not to be ignored and pushed …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Voters said no to same-sex marriage Dear editor: Seventy-five percent of Arkansas voters voted to pass the General Assembly and a State Constitutional Amendment that not only bans same-sex marriage, but it prohibits the recognition of legal marriages conducted in other states and countries. To …

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  • Old-fashioned names making a comeback

    Get this: Old-fashioned baby names are beginning to make a comeback. That was the finding of BabyCenter, a digital resource for parenting and pregnancy, which released the top 100 baby names for 2013. Some of the names at the top of the list are oldies …

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  • Lumps, skin lesions, though scary, shouldn’t be cause for worry

    You notice a lump on your child’s neck. Was it there yesterday? Where did it come from? The average parent’s mind begins to race, and it isn’t long before they’re consulting Dr. Google. The good news is that the lump is probably not a threat …

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  • Maggio should step down now

    It surprised no one that following a week of turmoil, Circuit Judge Mike Maggio pulled out of the race for the Arkansas Court of Appeals. What does surprise us, however, is why Maggio is still sitting in his current seat. Maybe it’s not that surprising. …

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  • Where a kid can be a kid

    Why don’t stores have those merry-go-rounds in front anymore? Used to, you’d see them all the time. I remember riding them when I was little and thinking that was a big deal — my parents weren’t the kind to give into every whim of us …

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  • GOP going nuclear on ‘battlefield of ideas’

    CPAC — the political convention that is to conservatives what ComicCon is to nerds — did not sort out the Republican field for 2016, but it did reveal something much scarier. Unlike most years when Republicans insist they should fight for ideals they never define, …

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  • There are better ways to cut military spending

    Is it really a surprise that the governors of all 50 states are pushing back against President Obama’s push to cut their National Guard troops? The difference between the Democratic president’s approach and that of Republicans like Sen. Tom Coburn is the president wants to …

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  • The (e)state of a person’s life

    The property wasn’t off limits and neither was the stuff, but it sure felt funny perusing all of the items waiting for the auction block. I attended my first estate auction a few weekends ago, but it felt more like a window into the future. …

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  • Nuttall’s Arkansas book brought fame

    Just as explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft was departing Arkansas in early 1819, naturalist Thomas Nuttall was entering the territory to study plants, wildlife and “aborigines” along his planned route. Nuttall, born in 1786 in Yorkshire, England, was an apprentice under famed botanist John Windsor. His …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Praise for Lyon theater Dear Editor, I would be amiss if I didn’t let you and our area know what fantastic theatrical work is coming out of Lyon College’s theater department. I have now seen both productions this season and each was truly wonderful. The new theater professor, …

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