• Union forces paused to celebrate George Washington’s birthday

    One hundred fifty years ago, Union forces in Little Rock celebrated President George Washington’s birthday by putting on display a pass and review of the Third Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.). According to the National Democrat newspaper, following “a salute of 13 guns by Vaughan’s Battery announced …

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  • Can’t wait for spring

    Punxsutawney Phil appears to be right, in that we are not done with winter yet. Or rather, winter is not done with us. As we do every year, my friend Mary Jo Shivey and I went to Little Rock last weekend for the Arkansas Flower …

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  • Don’t like food stamps? Raise the minimum wage

    Say you’re philosophically opposed to food stamps. Let’s say you feel better about yourself by calling those who’ve hit hard times freeloading parasites. Suppose the very idea someone somewhere may be cheating the system is enough for you to support snatching all subsidized sandwiches out …

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  • Former local resident was state’s first lt. governor

    Calvin C. Bliss was one of the thousands of Arkansans caught in the chaos of the Civil War and Reconstruction, but he came to Arkansas as an educator and became the state’s first lieutenant governor. Bliss was born in Vermont in 1823. As a young …

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  • Practical gifts and life’s lessons

    I felt like the luckiest gal in the world Valentine’s Day and it had nothing to do with roses and chocolate, but rather a new mop and vacuum cleaner. Since moving into my first place last year there are things I bought that I certainly …

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  • First Arkansas cartoon in 1852

    William “Bill” Quesenbury, who pronounced his surname “Cushenberry,” was a writer, printer, soldier, poet, artist, and the state’s very first cartoonist. Born on Aug. 21, 1822, in Crawford County, Quesenbury attended school in Fort Smith and college in Bardstown, Ky. His first job was writing …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Reader shares her thoughts Dear editor: I would like to thank you for three of the best articles you printed last Friday, the little boy, the 102-year-old lady and two teachers in Alaska. We need more of this kind of news. About the wet/dry election: …

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  • It’s TV that watches you

    Not to make anyone paranoid or anything, but your smart TV could be watching you. Last November, UK-based IT consultant Jason Huntley uncovered his LG Smart TV in his livingroom was spying on him and his family, according to an article on www.dailymail.co.uk. It was …

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  • Young American teaches newcomers in the 1830s

    Freda Cruse Hardison’s recent column about Arkansas once being considered not just the West, but the “Far West,” reminded me of the books young German traveler Friedrich Gerstacker’s adventures here between 1838-1842 which he later titled “Shooting Sports in the Far West.” And the Far …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Did Jesus drink fermented wine? Dear editor: Did Jesus drink fermented or intoxicating wine? What kind of wine are we talking about? Did Jesus turn water into an intoxicating or a fermented drink? There are 12 different Hebrew words (Old Testament) and two Greek words …

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  • No, there’s not a new national anthem

    Just like millions of Americans a few weeks ago, I got totally caught up in the Super Bowl craze. Granted, it wasn’t my beloved Chicago Bears playing, or my husband’s favorite, the Dallas Cowboys, but still, there’s nothing like three hours of football, complete with …

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  • SI swimsuit issue

    Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!,” available at amazon.com.   It disgusts me more every year. I speak of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which is published the …

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