• Conspiracy roots tied to notable cases

    I try to steer clear of conspiracies, but last week I fell right into a Mel Gibson role after we landed near the location of what was once The Covenant, The Sword, and The Arm of the Lord. Come April, it will be 30 years …

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  • ‘Gone With The Wind’ turns 75

    Movie fans, remember a time when the only “F-word” was “fiddle-dee-dee”? That question comes to mind as I see Dec. 15 and the 75th anniversary of the world premiere of “Gone With The Wind” approaching. I have so many fond memories of November 1976 and …

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  • MSB responds to letters to editor

    To the Citizens of Independence County: The Main Street Batesville organization feels the need to respond to two recent letters to the editor regarding the funds the city provides to it. We are committed to being as transparent as possible on anything that we do …

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  • Benjamin Watson gets it right

    This week, I’m not writing my own opinion column. I’m not writing it because a young African-American man who plays the tight end position for the New Orleans Saints has put my thoughts into words and expressed it far better than I ever could accomplish. …

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  • Police should be on, not behind, cameras

    Police body cameras are all the rage lately. Al Sharpton wants them used to monitor the activities of cops. Ann Coulter wants them used to “shut down” Al Sharpton. The White House wants them because, well, they’re a way to look both “tough on police …

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  • Cozy up for the holidays

    Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to focus on Christmas. I’m sure many of you are like me when it comes to Christmastime. I love to cozy up to a warm fire with a cup of Constant Comment and watch Christmas movies. The scent …

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  • 1964 Razorbacks made comeback

    For the Arkansas Razorbacks, the 1963 season had been a disappointment, with the team ending with a 5-5 record. Afterward, Coach Frank Broyles and the team began plotting a comeback for next season, and the team promised — and delivered — what would be an …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    The “war” against Christianity Even President George W. Bush, supposedly a devout Christian, has failed to withstand the Progressive/atheist assault on Christianity. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, called by many educational institutions including local colleges “fall break,” I visited the George W. Bush Museum and Library …

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  • Family ties are too important, so don’t let them be broken

    The importance of one’s family connections is something that I believe we are losing in America. With each generation there are fewer individuals who live close to their extended families, unlike the days when grandma and grandpa lived just in the next room or uncles, …

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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas miracle

    It’s amazing that the show almost was not broadcast. I speak of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” — a show that, for reasons I don’t understand, holds more power over me with every passing year. The show has a very simple premise: Too much commercialization can …

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  • You did this, Bill Cosby

    Rape. My favorite Bill Cosby comedy routine was a tie between “Go Carts” and “Chicken Heart” from his 1960’s album, “Wonderfulness.” At least 15 rapes. I have found friends and acquaintances throughout the years who shared a love for this man, whom we all saw …

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  • Buffalo Soldiers used beyond Civil War

    While driving down the road this summer, stereo blasting, I was delighted to see my grandson, Denali, singing Bob Marley’s “Buffalo Soldiers.” I wondered if he understood the significance of what Marley was talking about or if he was just into the wonderful sounds Marley …

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