• Why we’re no longer No. 1

    Last week World Bank economists predicted that China would soon displace the United States as the world’s largest economy. The fact that this one-time economic basket case is now positioned to surpass the U.S. is one more sign of the damage done to American prosperity …

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  • Back on the (walking) trail again

    For more than a week now, Luke and I have laced up our walking shoes and hit the road — make that Batesville’s Greenway Trail. And when we have missed a day, boy do I feel it. We both know our bodies need the exercise …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Prohibition does not work in America Dear editor: I am a native of Independence County and have spent the past 15 years living in my home community. However, the majority of my professional career has been devoted to the study and treatment of addictive disorders. …

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  • Your trash, my spring yard work

    After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, a few crocuses were already in bloom and the daffodils were starting to poke up. Then I looked toward the road. The melted snow had revealed …

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  • Smartphone addiction is not so smart

    Get this: People are becoming addicted to their smartphones.  According to a report from Flurry Analytics, says The Washington Post’s Style Blog, the average mobile consumer checks his phone 150 times a day. A “mobile addict” is defined as someone who launches apps more than …

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  • Presidents spend millions of taxpayer dollars for vacations

    While the working class in America is slaving away every day waiting for that precious week of vacation that many will end up putting on a credit card, our presidents are spending millions of our tax dollars on their vacations. Earlier this week, Freedom of …

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  • Glasswipes: There’s an app for that

    A tsunami of tech is engulfing our nation, and in the process, redecorating communities like a family of grizzly bears locked in a Volkswagen van. A family of obscenely paid bespectacled grizzly bears with a taste for artisanal toast. Remember back in high school when …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Don’t make it easy for me Dear editor: A very disturbing letter was written by Ken Calaway and featured in last Thursday’s Daily Guard. Have ya read the paper lately, Ken? Add a little easy to get alcohol in the mix and they’ll have to …

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  • ‘Tell Them They Lie’

    Two years after I became aware of it, I read the Traveller Bird book “Tell Them They Lie: The Sequoyah Myth.” What I learned centered mostly on the history of the Cherokee people and that apparently not much is really known about Sequoyah. History tells …

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  • Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry now site of state park

    The Red River Campaign in spring 1864 initially aimed to take Shreveport, but instead of marching triumphantly to victory, Gen. Frederick Steele and his troops were running for their lives, fending off Confederate forces and worsening flood conditions across the area. The month-old Camden Expedition …

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  • Civil War letters home

    From John Chitwood, joined Company H at the beginning of the war, served under Jesse Newton Cypert’s “Searcy Greys” 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles, CSA, before the 1862 conscriptions and reorganization merging companies placing him under Albert Sydney Johnston’s commanders. ——— May 25th, 1863 in Camps …

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  • Nip it in the bud

    I’m sure by now most of you have heard about the three central Arkansas students who were arrested recently for “sexting.” If you haven’t, I’m surprised because not only has it been in every news outlet across our state, but it’s also been reported by …

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