• The sky is falling, Big Brother!

    So the Food and Drug Administra-tion has banned trans fats, leaving some to cry about the “nanny state” or “Big Brother” having too much say in our everyday lives. I have to admit, I think it’s just a matter of time that tobacco (or at …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    To the Editor: Friends, Batesville is losing a treasure. Vanessa Adams, the Independence County librarian, is leaving at the end of November. Vanessa has been innovative in promoting the use of the library by addressing civic groups explaining the resources available, by providing free computer …

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  • I should be dead

    Today I am a somewhat overweight, bearded suburban dad entering a comfortable middle age, but it was not always thus. Seven short years ago I was a lean, clean-shaven, heavily armored combat medic in Iraq, so every year on Nov. 11, everyone is apparently required …

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  • Still got ‘Punky power,’ 25 years later

    At 29 years old on a recent Saturday morning, I found myself on the couch with a bowl of Lucky Charms and “Punky Brewster” in my DVD player — happy. There was no place I would have rather been; I felt 5 years old again, …

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  • ‘The Waltons’ TV show had Arkansas roots – Novelist’s call leads to unrecorded history

    My wife, Sue, answered the telephone and, after speaking briefly to someone, passed the phone to me and said, “You won’t believe who’s calling.” Sue had recognized the voice, and so did I when he said, “Hello, is this Craig?” We had heard that distinctive …

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  • It’s true: Only a select few run this town

    I have heard all my life is that only a select few people run a town. I used to not believe that but now I do — but not for the reasons most might think. It’s because no one else seems to care or want …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Questioning county money for dance program, others To the editor: In the article “JPs fund NADT, reduce others,” I found their reasoning perplexing. I have trouble understanding how a group of 25 dancers whose membership is limited to “anyone who has completed dance training” is appropriate for a grant, while the …

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  • Patton, Ike and my teenage boys

    I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler’s Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, “Eleven Two: One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival and Freedom.” Frank’s ordeal began …

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  • Navy sells historic Forrestal carrier for one penny

    The Navy has sold America’s first Supercarrier, the USS Forrestal, for one cent. That’s right, for one penny. Technically, it’s the ex-USS Forrestal, since it was decommissioned on Sept. 11, 1993, after more than 38 years of service. That is very sad. The USS Forrestal …

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  • Hi-Yo Silver! Away to the butcher shop!

    The practice of slaughtering horses as a source of meat for humans will soon be legal again in the United States for the first time since the post war food shortage following World War II. Last week a New Mexico judge, U.S. District Judge Christina …

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  • Roosevelt and Veterans Day

    As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation’s defense and military. Of America’s 43 presidents, 31 have served in the military. Ten, most notably George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight …

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  • Baseball: A game of and for the ages

    Roughly 15 million people watched each of the six games between Boston and St. Louis on TV last month, while here in the Phoenix metroplex a concurrent amateur World Series sparked every bit as much passion, maybe even more, among 324 adult baseball teams. So, …

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