• Shouldn’t artists be paid? It depends

    Recently someone on an email discussion list I follow pointed out that authors or publishers of copyrighted pieces may be reliant on royalty income for their subsistence. The alternative to proprietary information might be that “only people with income from other sources (such as academic …

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  • Interviewing Elvis’ Daughter 101

    As a reporter, reaching out to try and interview someone like Lisa Marie Presley, (OK, not just someone like her — but her), I had my reservations and for years it’s why I never tried until 10 days ago. One, I am a fan who …

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  • Civil War: Starvation at home

    Food became the most crucial problem in the South as the Civil War lingered into a third year in 1863. Farmers were urged to grow corn instead of cotton, but few Confederate soldiers were furloughed, as in the past, to help with the spring planting. …

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  • Unladylike behavior

    Being the mother of two daughters, I have done my best to raise them into proper young ladies, and boy, has it been a harder job than I expected. They enjoy doing things that will drive me up the wall and this past weekend, Alexas …

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  • Millionaires on a food stamp diet

    If you’re a follower of the Huffington Post, you’ve probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps. …

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  • When God-talk is considered protected speech

    If you ask a class of fifth-graders to write about someone they “look up to,” don’t be shocked when at least one of them decides to write about God. That’s exactly what happened in Millington, Tenn. earlier this month when 10-year-old Erin selected God as …

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  • Perhaps it’s time to bring back Cliff Huxtable

    Last week I saw a video on Facebook that gave me a chuckle. It appears some dad was aggravated because his daughter was wearing “booty” shorts, so to teach her a lesson he put on a pair himself and wore them in public. Nothing funnier …

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  • Interesting student communications

    Most of my college students are bright, fun to teach, and work hard. But each semester I get interesting letters, emails and phone calls from a few students that I save for future column material. With the school year now under way, I thought I’d …

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  • Consequences for sex scandals

    So much for voters being poised to show that they don’t care about sex scandals anymore. Forget about former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s surprise May election to the House of Representatives despite the sex scandal stemming from his lie about hiking on the “Appalachian …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Respect for principal Dear Editor, I appreciate the Guard’s recognition of area educators upon their retirement and other noteworthy accomplishments. When Mr. Qualls called to say that you wanted to print an article recognizing my years of service, I was flattered. I enjoyed visiting with Mr. Qualls, …

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  • What would we do without computers?

    As I stumble sleepily from the bed, I weave up the hall to my office. I swing by my computer hitting the on button as I head to the kitchen to pour a bowl of raisin bran. I grab an apple as well and head …

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  • Time to investigate 107-year-old’s death

    Better late than never, we suppose. We hope it’s not too late for an investigation that will speak to doubts and complaints about Pine Bluff, Ark., police shooting a 107-year-old man who barricaded himself in his bedroom last weekend. A Jefferson County circuit judge has …

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