• It’s time to politicize Ebola

    “Politicize” is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. “The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis,” says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize …

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  • Zombie attack: The U.S. military has it covered

    It’s always good to know there’s a plan in case the unthinkable happens and in 2011 members of the military trained for a Zombie Apocalypse. No joke. Training against zombies has been ongoing and the planners of the exercise said they have found it to …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Mother-daughter time marred by what feels like judgement While taking advantage of a beautiful Indian Summer day and a pumpkin patch on the grounds of one of Batesville’s local churches as a backdrop for a photo op Wednesday, October 8th, my daughter and I were …

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  • Pine Bluff man influenced film technology

    America started a new love affair as the 20th century dawned. The affair took place in darkened rooms filled with strangers and a flickering light and made millions laugh and cry and fall in love over and over again. It was the motion picture. And …

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  • Candidates should be able to answer impromptu questions

    If I heard, “It’s your duty to vote,” once, I heard it a hundred times. Emmett Whitten was passionate about his job at Calico Rock High School and that included pounding his love of history along with our obligation to vote into his attentive and …

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  • Nylon hose: Celebrating a 75-year ‘run’

    A garment that has elicited a lot of wolf whistles is turning 75 years old. Nylon stockings were sold for the first time on a trial basis in a Wilmington, Delaware department store on Oct. 27, 1939. The original purchasers of those hose can remember …

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  • For better or worse: Marriage and murder, March 1921

    Over the last year I’ve received several questions from descendants on all sides of this murder, which occurred on March 5, 1921 in the north part of Stone County. I’d kind of let it go to the bottom of the pile until recently when a …

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  • Leave zoo cats alone

    I’ve written several columns before expressing my opinion on the sanity of people who risk their lives to save the life of an animal. While I adore my pets and understand the connection folks have with four-footed members of their family, I still believe the …

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  • Alert! The links are broken

    I don’t know about you, but I want to be alerted when there is impending danger in my area. Whether it is a tornado, chemical spill or any other disaster, I want to know when I should take cover or evacuate. The tornado sirens in …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: I would like to know how the majority of the people feel about the changes on Main Street. Many people tell me they just don’t come down the street since it has been narrowed and all the obstacles put up. This is a …

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  • Jeff Foxworthy, more than a comedian

    After our show “In the Heat of the Night” went off the air, I was looking for an opportunity to move on to another show. There weren’t many opportunities for Southern actors at that time, “Walker, Texas Ranger” was on the air; comedian Brett Butler …

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  • Argument may be on right side, but using wrong tactic

    The Arkansas State Supreme Court is considering whether or not Arkansas voters will be able to decide the fate of local option alcohol sales. It’s something that dates back to the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. Arkansas banned the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages …

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