• When one door opens, opportunity awaits

    My neurotic/Dumpster-diving/get-from-the-curb-free/I-can-spot-a-bargain friend once asked: What is your obsession with doors? Until then, I had no idea there was one, but decided there must be a reason I can’t pass up the oldest, ugliest, imperfect door, even when I have no idea what I am …

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  • Volunteering has merits – Lessons from boss’ point of view

    Most people do what their boss asks, but only a select few figure out what their boss really needs. My dad, an ex-Navy vet, who went on to a successful career in banking, once told me, “I learned early on that seeing things from my …

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  • What United States needs is more independent contractors

    If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar. Maybe I better explain. In addition to writing this weekly column, I provide professional copywriting services to a variety of organizations. If they like my work, they give me more and I prosper. If …

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  • Break from routine

    Ever since I’ve been old enough to reach the knobs on the stove, I’ve enjoyed cooking. And growing up with a single dad, it was something I got plenty of practice at — whether I wanted to or not. I will say, Dad did a …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Why isn’t the library a bigger issue? Dear editor: If Gerald, Beverly and Jeremy B. Anders think they can do the mayor’s job so well, then why don’t they do something about the library? Uh let’s see the library needs more parking space an more …

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  • Meet the Comedy Central Press

    In what has been a season of jaw-dropping news, the largest bombshell seems like it was ripped from the pages of Mad Magazine. First, the terrorist group ISIS has now unquestionably emerged as a territory-gobbling group offering the same kind of brutal, merciless murder of …

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  • Some think they’re too good for the rules

    Got to love people who think the rules don’t apply to them. We see it every day and when we drive even the teeniest bit over the speed limit, are guilty ourselves, but breaking a quarantine because as a doctor you don’t believe you’re a …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Doesn’t like something forced upon her Dear editor: After seeing the article in the Batesville Guard by the mayor on Tuesday, Oct. 14, I feel I have to respond. I have kept quiet during this whole incident (that is all I can call it). I …

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  • It’s time to politicize Ebola

    “Politicize” is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. “The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis,” says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize …

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  • Zombie attack: The U.S. military has it covered

    It’s always good to know there’s a plan in case the unthinkable happens and in 2011 members of the military trained for a Zombie Apocalypse. No joke. Training against zombies has been ongoing and the planners of the exercise said they have found it to …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Mother-daughter time marred by what feels like judgement While taking advantage of a beautiful Indian Summer day and a pumpkin patch on the grounds of one of Batesville’s local churches as a backdrop for a photo op Wednesday, October 8th, my daughter and I were …

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  • Pine Bluff man influenced film technology

    America started a new love affair as the 20th century dawned. The affair took place in darkened rooms filled with strangers and a flickering light and made millions laugh and cry and fall in love over and over again. It was the motion picture. And …

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