• Carl Garner: Part of The Greatest Generation

    It was an honor to have served, as a member of Congress, and cooperated with Carl Garner as he maintained Greers Ferry Lake as resident engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Carl cared for the Lake like it was his own child and …

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  • About Town

    Last Friday night I had the opportunity to attend what I’m going to call the party of the summer. And to be honest, party doesn’t even begin to describe what it really was. Of course you may have guessed that I attended the annual firework …

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  • Sacajawea – The traditional story

    Last week’s column gave an account of Sacajawea, the Shoshone Indian girl, whose husband was Toussaint Charbonneau, a French trapper. She was about 16 when she and Charbonneau agreed to join the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 to the Pacific Ocean. She was not …

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  • Confidence in government sinks: Should we care?

    Did you greet the news with horror, stoic resignation or yawns? I speak of the Gallup Poll (conducted between June 5 and 8) that reveals confidence in the presidency at the lowest point since the financial crisis at the tail end of the Bush administration …

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  • Some flour, a broom and a lesson on being needed

    As I looked down at the flour on the floor and the straw of the broom as it meets the floor at the edge of heap, I swiftly moved it through the white powder. In the motion, my mind sweeps over my memories and I …

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  • Young man headed for West Point shows us we all can do better

    Sometimes you just have to reach out and ask for help. This week, I’m asking for yours. When I had the opportunity to sit down with 18-year-old Shawn Young and write his story, I didn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on the past and …

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  • What about the right to paid vacation?

    Ah, summer is here. We all know what that means: The rights crowd will demand that our politicians pass new federal laws to make paid vacation mandatory. It is true that the United States is the only advanced economy that does not require employers to …

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  • Family planning doesn’t trump cancer treatment

    A few months ago my husband got a bad cold. It wasn’t your normal run-of-the-mill cold either. Three weeks into it and after two rounds of antibiotics, the wheezing still wasn’t getting any better. The doctor finally diagnosed him with seasonal asthma. Turns out it’s …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor: I would like to respond to Tina Dupuy’s opinion column that appeared in the July 2 edition of the Batesville Guard. First, she implies that Conservative Christians do not and will not stand up for the religious freedom of other faiths. Pro-life views …

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  • So how do you channel a toddler’s spirit?

    “We spend the first 12 months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 20 years telling them to sit down and shut up.” —Phyllis Diller   Phyllis Diller may be only partially right in the above statement. There are …

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  • SCOTUS ruling

    For all the times I have argued with people (and, yes, I have done some of that) about … issues, I don’t recall a single time when somebody with an opposing viewpoint stopped and said “Yes. I see what you mean. Now that you’ve explained …

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  • Commonwealth College threatened Faubus’ political career

    The small college tucked in the hills of southwestern Arkansas wouldn’t last long. However, the reputation of Commonwealth College lived long after its namesake, spread far beyond its Mena-area confines, and threatened to derail the political career of one of Arkansas’ most famous and notorious …

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