• Story about origin of ‘Taps’ is false

    Those who rewrite history must think it needs the help to make it more interesting. But it doesn’t — history is quite fascinating just as it actually happened. A myth is going around the web about the origin of “Taps,” the hauntingly beautiful bugle piece …

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  • No double standards

    Once again I turn on the news only to hear about the latest sexual predator out there preying on children. Only this time, for a change, it was a woman perpetrator. A 33-year-old mother in Sherwood and former “Cheer Perfection” reality star has been accused …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Convenience not needed Dear editor: Mr. Finch, I would like to ask you a question. But first, I live in the Southside-Desha area. If I wanted to, I could drive five minutes and get a drink of liquor. We have restaurants, pizza places, VFW and clubs that …

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  • Smartphones making good judgment obsolete

    The Huffington Post is onto something. In a recent report, the website listed seven things that the iPhone, first released to the public only seven years ago, has made obsolete — though there are surely plenty more than seven. Up first, says the website: roadmaps. …

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  • Hookworm held back progress in Arkansas

    At the dawn of the 20th century, many Arkansas business and political leaders had high hopes for progress and prosperity for the state in the coming years. But as Arkansas attempted to move forward, it faced an old scourge that steadily held back its progress. …

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  • RSV: Three little letters can mean big trouble for wee ones

    To hear a baby struggling to breathe is one of the worst sounds a parent can hear. It breaks your heart to see your child experiencing troubled breathing; I know it saddens me to see a little one with these issues in clinic. The telltale …

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  • Invasion of the parent snatchers

    My parents have been replaced by pod people. That, or Stepford parents. They have become unrecognizable to me as the parents I had a child. Gone are the stern disciplinarians that ferreted out spankings and groundings for various infractions. Now, they are all about spoiling …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Health care and insurance Dear Editor: As I read the article about Brantley Frazier in the January 16th edition of the Batesville Guard my heart just went out to this amazing child and his family. I had trouble getting my head around all of the medical issues he …

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  • Protests over protests

    Few topics in modern life have produced as much rancorous and visible public debate as abortion — and one hot point of contention today is simply how close that debate may take place to the clinics that perform them. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments …

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  • Degree may be needed for fish care

    Owning a fish should be dependent on having a medical degree. While it may not seem difficult to care for a fish just wait until they get sick, just as my Blue Suede betta fish has been for the last few days. With the help …

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  • Conways were part of ‘Dynasty’

    James Sevier Conway was elected the first governor of the brand new state of Arkansas in 1836. Sixteen years later, his brother, Elias N. Conway, was elected governor. After 178 years and 45 governors, the Conway brothers remain as the only siblings ever elected governor …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Ashamed of this county Dear editor: I am ashamed of this county. I have lived here 14 years. The first time was 40 years ago when we were on vacation. That first time I saw this county it really impressed me when I heard they called this city …

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