• Letter to the Editor

    Veterans deserve more respect To the Editor: I look at the money spent by the Veterans Administration for a pair of conferences and think that the money could have done more good directly spent on veterans. Just think, the VA spent $863 for an employee …

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  • Computer privacy becoming less of a reality, techies say

    Tech aficionados and privacy advocates took notice in late 2013 when Microsoft rolled out an attack on Google’s Chrome OS computers. For one thing, it’s unusual for any company to spend its advertising dollars attacking its competitors rather than promoting its own products. For another, …

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  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump shares some secrets over decades

    When archaeologists started digging in earnest at the foot of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Canada five decades or so ago, they kept their attention right there at their feet. Finding buffalo hides studded with hundreds of small arrowheads — “delicate” arrowheads is the way one …

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  • Baby, it’s (crazy) cold outside!

    Wow. I don’t know about you but this chick is not too happy with the crazy low temps we’ve been having. There’s a reason I live in a southern state and in fact if I had my way about it I’d be even farther south. …

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  • Illegal immigrant granted law license

    With the California Supreme Court’s decision to allow illegal immigrant Sergio Garcia to practice law, the state has hit the nadir of insanity in eliminating distinctions between those here legally and those who are not. Garcia first passed the California bar examination in 2009. His …

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  • The infamous Crittenden-Conway duel of 1827

    A confrontation had been brewing for a long time. But when a duel resulted in the death of a congressional representative, it would shock Arkansas. The duel would take place years before Arkansas statehood between Territorial Secretary Robert Crittenden and Territorial Delegate Henry W. Conway. …

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  • Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.   I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out at Christmastime. This self-proclaimed …

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  • Time to close Harrison’s city jail

    Harrison city officials have been put on notice that the city’s three-cell jail is out of compliance with any kind of 21st century standards and the city should consider voluntarily closing the facility. So why does the Harrison City Council want to put off a …

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  • High praise for city’s lighting displays

    It was easy to look on the bright side, during Christmas in Batesville. The downtown and Riverside Park have never looked more beautiful, thanks to Johnathan Abbott, the city’s landscaping/cemetery supervisor, and the crews who worked tirelessly to put up (and now, take down) the …

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  • New Year’s resolutions for 2014

    Here are some suggested New Year’s resolutions for some folks, parties and companies: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: You’re facing a scandal that foes hope will show you were involved in politically vindictive lane closures that slowed down traffic on the George Washington Bridge, country’s …

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  • Maurice ‘Footsie’ Britt

    Born June 29, 1919, Maurice Lee Britt was a Lonoke County native who became renowned as a star athlete, war hero and state politician. He was elected and served two terms as Arkansas’ lieutenant governor during the “Rockefeller years,” 1967-71. Britt received his nickname, “Footsie,” …

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  • Wasted youth

    Bedtime as a child is no fun when you’re told you have to go to sleep and alcohol seems more exciting when you’re under the legal age. These days I’m ready to call it a night by the time 8 o’clock, (sometimes even 7 p.m.), …

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