• Letters to the Editor

    Amused by those who pick, choose which parts of Bible to follow Dear editor: I find it amusing all the religious people coming out against the county going wet and yet on the other hand most of these people voted for a president that has …

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  • Sunshine after the storm

    There’s something about the worst of times that can bring out the best in people. After the danger had passed and we began learning of the devastating losses in Vilonia, Mayflower and other communities in the state, it didn’t take long for Arkansans to mobilize …

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  • Getting too clean

    How many times a day do I reach over and hit the squirt top of an antibacterial and rub down my hands? As I think on this practice, I wonder sometimes how I ever survived my childhood. How did any of us? We didn’t have …

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  • Children don’t need the state to protect them from Photoshop

    Well, give Miss Representation credit. The inescapable “It’s for the children!” is right there in their petition’s name: Join Our Family To Stop Advertising Hurting Our Kids; Support the Truth In Advertising Act. The proposed bill would require the Federal Trade Commission to regulate advertisers’ …

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  • Lights, camera, action: Guard reporter turns movie extra in Elvis short film

    I’ve often daydreamed about what it might have been like to be a classmate of Elvis Presley’s, a 1953 graduate of Humes High School in Memphis. A few weeks ago I got to pretend. Movies filmed in Memphis are some of my favorites because usually …

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  • Where the buffalo once roamed

    Two of the great untold stories of Arkansas are about the great hardwood forests that once covered the delta, between the hills and the Mississippi River. And, how the Ozarks were only partly covered with trees and the remaining land was covered with tall prairie …

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  • Private study: U.S. helped arm al-Qaida

    The last time I checked al-Qaida was our enemy. You know, the ones we were told were behind 9/11?  So why in the world would our government take our tax dollars to purchase guns that they knew were going into the hands of al-Qaida? Worse …

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  • Time to get tough on India stealing our stuff

    Quite simply, from pharmaceuticals to motion pictures to software, India is stealing our stuff. India ranks dead last among major economies in protection of intellectual property rights, according to a comprehensive analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And despite lots of talk and visits …

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  • As kids age, bedwetting can be challenge for entire family

    Take a moment to think about the average kindergarten classroom, probably 20 to 25 kids, right? At least two or three of those kindergartners — so about 15 percent — face a medical issue that causes their families plenty of anxiety and likely affects the …

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  • 19th-century sermon mixed gospel, bear hunting

    Batesville has been called the City of Churches, but in territorial days, Arkansas was the Bear State. Thus it was that the first preaching in John Reed’s cabin, which was constructed about 1812, mixed preaching and bears. Or rather, one bear. The sermon in the …

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  • Arlington National Cemetery: 150 years of service

    In the 40-plus years since my paternal grandparents passed away, I have often wondered about the status of Shiloh Cemetery, which was nestled on the hilltop above their humble farmhouse. Recently, my hometown newspaper, the Marshall County (Tenn.) Tribune, brought me up to date. Decades …

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  • Helping kids beat summer doldrums

    The summer months are almost upon us and everyone knows what that means. We are in the final weeks of school and soon parents across the state will be scrambling to find solutions to the ever-popular kid complaint of “I’m bored.” I don’t know about …

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