• Are we becoming who and what we hate?

    Are we becoming who and what we hate? When I first came to work at the Guard one of my primary responsibilities was to fill inside pages with national and international news. With little knowledge or much real interest about international affairs, I became obsessed …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Lower taxes instead of raising wages Once again we are hearing about a higher minimum wage. But, basic economics shows that raising the minimum wage is nothing but a feel-good Band-Aid on a festering problem. The strength of any wage is its buying power. In …

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  • On rudeness and incivility

    What do you mean Americans have gotten ruder?” “Poll after poll has been showing it in recent years. More than 70 percent of the respondents questioned in an Associated Press poll believe people are ruder than they were 20 or 30 years ago.” “Why would …

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  • Find your place in the world

    Graduation is here and with it comes a mixture of feelings, from relief to disbelief with some excitement and apprehension often thrown in. Some graduates are looking forward to starting college, while others may be thinking about job hunting. It has come up in conversation …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Proud to be from Batesville Dear editor: Congratulations to the citizens of Batesville who voted for the improvements to the North Complex. What an awesome weekend for the Kinsler Classic NIT youth tournament (May 2-3). Hundreds of ball players, parents, grandparents, family and friends were …

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  • Two states going in opposite directions on Hispanics

    It’s the kind of headline we used to see in Texas: The Florida Senate just passed the DREAM Act. Texas used to teach Republicans how to court Hispanic voters, but things have gotten so far out of control here that Texas is now making Florida …

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  • Breaking up is hard to do

    I think it’s time to call it quits. For eight years you’ve taken and taken and I’ve let you. I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed it. You’ve held my attention, made me laugh and smile. You’ve been there to give me what I want, when …

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  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Lunch with Mr. Walters

    Not so long ago I located the one person in the world I was searching for — my seventh- and eighth-grade English teacher, Mr. Ted Walters, the man who taught me how to write and think, and thereby launched my professional career.  Now, during Teacher …

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  • 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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