• Casual racism vs. institutionalized racism

    We as a nation have become really good at punishing casual racism. You know, using the N-word or saying overtly cruel things about black people in the presence of a recording device. Robert Copeland, an 82-year-old town police commissioner in New Hampshire, resigned this week …

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  • Congratulations, graduate! Welcome to the Real World

    And now, an open letter to all you new grads. Congratulations. Good job. Way to go. Bet you thought this day would never come. And if memory serves, it probably almost didn’t. Anyhow, welcome to the real world. And please be aware that we use …

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  • 9/11 ‘graffiti’ evokes mixed emotions

    For many it’s a way to show their condolences and honor a loved one’s memory. But to some at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York it’s nothing short of graffiti. According to reports, bereaved friends and family members are scratching personalized messages into …

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  • D-Day at 70: Some nagging questions

    I generally pay no attention to 70th anniversary observances, saving up my energies for the 75-year “diamond jubilee” milestones. I am making an exception for June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day. To put it bluntly, five years could make a lot of difference. According …

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  • Government buying large amounts of ammo

    Armored vehicles are being distributed across the country while large purchases of guns and ammunition are being purchased by our government. It’s no wonder that some U.S. citizens are starting to get a little nervous. Last week I wrote about the MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected …

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  • About Town

    Well folks, it’s that time of year again. Despite the rain we’ve had this week, summer is knocking on our door. School years are ending, winter clothes are packed away, air conditioners are running, and everyone seems to be making plans for what they want …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: We’re past the 15-year anniversary for UACCB and there’s little debate on its success, especially if “doing good” is the measure. We all “feel good” about the really big buildings to hold parties and small concerts. We “feel good” helping lower-income/achieving younger folk …

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  • State’s had only one F5 twister

    The late April tornadoes that struck Vilonia — again — and Mayflower, killing about 16 people in Arkansas, seems to have put twisters in the public consciousness again. It seems like Arkansas is twister alley again — and that night, April 27, it seemed like …

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  • The imprinting of Elliot Rodger and us

    When the news first hit that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six students in Santa Barbara, it didn’t foreshadow the horrific details yet to come. Six promising young lives knifed and shot dead. Families instantly plunged into grief. Rodger’s film industry parents getting his 137-page biographical …

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  • When desegregation came to Arkansas

    The decision had been 60 years in the making, but when it came, it was like an earthquake across the South. The Supreme Court handed down the Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 4, 1954, declaring that the “separate but equal” doctrine that …

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  • Minnie Mouse Oreos and other birthday party ideas

    How did people plan weddings, birthday parties and family reunions before Pinterest? I think of Ella Fitzgerald singing, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy …” and that pretty much sums up a perfect summer weekend. That wasn’t the case at our house last weekend, however, …

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  • My dog is smarter than most … (fill in the blank)

    She’s only 7 weeks old but she’s smarter than …, well, most people I come in contact with! Ha! Gotcha, didn’t I? You thought I was going to claim she is smarter than other dogs. Well, she very well might be. After just one week …

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