• Letter to the Editor

    Surely, she can’t be serious Dear Editor: I read Tina Dupuy’s proposal on ending slavery in the May 6, 2014 edition of the Batesville Guard. It was one of those things that you think to yourself, “Surely, she is not serious.” But she was and …

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  • Confessions of a budding couponaholic

    I think I’m finally getting the hang of couponing. It’s been a couple of months since I started couponing and the good news is that it does get easier and I seem to be getting things cheaper. The bad news — it’s becoming an addiction. …

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  • About Town

    It’s been a few weeks since my last column. I hope you all have been out and about enjoying the great weather we’ve been having. After this past winter, the warm days have certainly felt good. About Town took a little road trip this weekend. …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    People make their own choices Dear editor: I am responding to a letter in last Friday’s May 2, 2014, Daily Guard written by Carolyn R. Jones. Ms. Jones tells us that at one point in her life she abused drugs and alcohol. She has since …

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  • Happy to be kinfolks

    At a homecoming at a country church near Cave City on Sunday, I found I am kin to more people than I knew about. And I am glad I am. Growing up, I always knew the Horn family were friends, but I never knew they …

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  • Watch out for these two stupid time sucks

    When is it OK to interrupt someone who is sharing information that you don’t need? I recently had the agonizing experience of waiting through a monologue from a chirpy AT&T customer rep who wasted 30 seconds of my time describing how pleased she was to …

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  • The right way to kill a man

    The government of Oklahoma did not botch an execution last week. When the administration of an untested combination of drugs fails, we do not describe the treatment as “botched,” but simply as a failed experiment. On April 29, the government of Oklahoma conducted an unsuccessful …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Green energy With all of the talk of climate change, I can certainly understand why people would look for green forms of energy. It just never occurred to me that the green energy they were looking for was Soylent Green. In case you’ve never seen …

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  • Some’ll restore your faith

    The F4 tornado that plowed through the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia a week ago Sunday night was more than a mile wide, stayed on the ground for more than 40 miles and left a path of utter devastation in its path. Hundreds of people …

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  • Improved warning systems save lives

    With springtime, Arkansans have long looked with trepidation to rising storm clouds or sudden shifts in winds. While Arkansas is considered on the edge of the notorious Tornado Alley, the intensity and fury of these storms have not spared the people of the state. Tornadoes …

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  • Communities rebuild after getting knocked down

    It may not seem like the most appropriate song to sing after a tornado hits your town, shattering buildings and homes, but the 1990’s hit “Tubthumping” immediately comes to mind: “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You ain’t ever gonna keep me …

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  • Crossing musical genres

    Sometime ago, my sister-in-law gave me a copy of “The Essential Earl Thomas Conley” with the country singer’s biggest and best hits. And while Bon Jovi will always hold a spot of honor at the top of my playlist, these days I listen to a …

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