• Letter to the Editor

    Reader shares her thoughts Dear editor: I would like to thank you for three of the best articles you printed last Friday, the little boy, the 102-year-old lady and two teachers in Alaska. We need more of this kind of news. About the wet/dry election: …

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  • It’s TV that watches you

    Not to make anyone paranoid or anything, but your smart TV could be watching you. Last November, UK-based IT consultant Jason Huntley uncovered his LG Smart TV in his livingroom was spying on him and his family, according to an article on www.dailymail.co.uk. It was …

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  • Young American teaches newcomers in the 1830s

    Freda Cruse Hardison’s recent column about Arkansas once being considered not just the West, but the “Far West,” reminded me of the books young German traveler Friedrich Gerstacker’s adventures here between 1838-1842 which he later titled “Shooting Sports in the Far West.” And the Far …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Did Jesus drink fermented wine? Dear editor: Did Jesus drink fermented or intoxicating wine? What kind of wine are we talking about? Did Jesus turn water into an intoxicating or a fermented drink? There are 12 different Hebrew words (Old Testament) and two Greek words …

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  • No, there’s not a new national anthem

    Just like millions of Americans a few weeks ago, I got totally caught up in the Super Bowl craze. Granted, it wasn’t my beloved Chicago Bears playing, or my husband’s favorite, the Dallas Cowboys, but still, there’s nothing like three hours of football, complete with …

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  • SI swimsuit issue

    Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!,” available at amazon.com.   It disgusts me more every year. I speak of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which is published the …

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  • Bumbos, boosters and highchairs, oh my! Study: Injuries from falls on the rise

    When my kids were growing up, a highchair was about as sophisticated as a feeding seat got! Nowadays, parents have more options, including Bumbo seats, to make feeding little ones more convenient. But with the convenience of these upgraded highchairs and alternate feeding seats comes …

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  • Losing ourselves in snow, cold

    Let’s keep it together, people. I speak of the way we are responding to record snow and cold sweeping across vast regions of the country. People are cussing at snowplow drivers and each other. Panicked shoppers are fighting over toilet paper and milk. Americans are …

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  • Green Rush munchies

    It’s easy to imagine an arena full of Phish fans raising and waving their lighters to honor U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for suggesting the feds might help states that legalize pot by allowing dispensaries to utilize banking services. Way to go, Super AG. That’s …

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  • Learning to cook

    When I was growing up one talent that both my parents stressed I should acquire was learning to cook. Perhaps it was their foresight that it would not be likely to find women in my generation willing to dedicate themselves totally to cooking, cleaning and …

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  • No longer lost

    Sometimes, things that are lost have a funny way of making their way back to us. That was the case last week when my cousin’s wife posted a picture of a silver pocketknife engraved with the names of my dad and uncle and nine of …

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  • Legitimizing rape

    The charge of rape is a successful way to smear your enemy. When political agitator Andrew Breitbart was met with Occupy protestors one year at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he started screeching, “Behave yourselves and stop raping people!” Russian President Vladimir Putin used this …

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