• Legitimizing rape

    The charge of rape is a successful way to smear your enemy. When political agitator Andrew Breitbart was met with Occupy protestors one year at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he started screeching, “Behave yourselves and stop raping people!” Russian President Vladimir Putin used this …

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  • Helena was busy garrison for Union army

    One hundred fifty years ago, Helena was a busy garrison for the Union army. According to a dispatch sent from Gen. Buford, a large number of Confederate scouts was captured in the Delta. Buford related that 28 Confederate privates were sent to Alton and six …

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  • If you’re reading this, you’re probably a terrorist

    This has been one of those times that a series of random, seemingly unrelated events have all reinforced a common lesson for me. First, it was reported on Jan. 21 (“Opposed to Fracking? You Might Be a Terrorist,” PopularResistance.org) that Canadian and U.S. law enforcement …

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  • Downtown excitement

    While I know it’s my job to be unbiased in the business I’m in, personally, I can’t help but be a little excited about the future of downtown Batesville following the recent visit by consultant Dan Burden, who was hired by Main Street Batesville to …

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  • Vance Randolph: Folklorist of the Ozarks

    Like many scholars, Vance Randolph’s lifelong work was not recognized until near the end of his life. While in his early 20s, he had a strong desire to study Ozark mountain culture. Randolph was born in 1892 in Pittsburg, Kan., to John (an attorney) and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: This is in response to Adam Liang’s letter to the editor published in the Daily Guard on Feb. 11, 2014. I will be more than happy to tell you why we are still fighting a battle that the 21st amendment ended in 1933. …

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  • Reality: What happens in real life

    For those who are sick of television and all its fake reality shows may I suggest PBS. That’s right, the Public Broadcasting Service. Either I’ve just grown to appreciate it or its programming has gotten a whole lot better. I’ve become fascinated with its Frontline …

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  • CrossFit: Working out an understanding

    Flipping through a recent issue of Time magazine, I discovered the wildly popular phenomenon CrossFit and similar extreme workout programs. The hyperintensive exercise sessions weed out a high percentage of the merely curious, but are almost a religion for those dedicated enough to stick with …

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  • Shirley Temple’s America

    Shirley Temple, the iconic child actress, died earlier this week at age 85. Reports on her death were easy to miss. I was dismayed by the sparse reaction to the loss of this woman who lived a great American life. Had Shirley Temple died 50 …

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  • When the wagon was new, and the crow could talk

    My recent column about my great-grandmother Mary Russ Martin and her daughter, my grandmother-to-be Myrtle Martin Farrier, who lived along Poke Bayou 10 miles west of Cave City drew several comments from readers. The column was about conditions, and the family’s coping with conditions, during …

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  • Wondering if animal rights activists use shampoo, medicine

    Recently my eighth-grader had a school project in which she had to pick a speech that someone else had given, read it to her class and then discuss it. I was thinking of all kinds of famous speeches by individuals such as Martin Luther King …

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  • Voice for civil rights in Arkansas

    John Gray Lucas was born in the chaos of the Civil War and became a voice for civil rights in Arkansas. He was born in East Texas in 1864. His mother had been a slave who became a refugee as she sought to escape the …

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