• Unplugging from technology

    I am seriously considering proposing to my family that there be at least one day out of the week where we as a family do not use any technology — where, when we come home from work and school, no one uses the phone, plays …

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  • The diminishment of religious persecution

    Sorry, my fellow hyperbolists, slavery is not being required to pay income tax. Also, gun control is not what Hitler did to the Jewish people. And the religious right is not being persecuted for their religious beliefs in America in 2014. In order to be …

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  • ‘Forced’ annexation by Hitler, now Putin

    Vladimir Putin’s “forced” annexation of the Crimea invites memories of Adolph Hitler’s annexation of Austria. Both absorbed their weaker neighbor with over 96 percent of their vote. With unemployment and interest rates at 25 percent in 1938, Austria was in deep depression and “people were …

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  • Stupid is as stupid does

    Albert Einstein once said that only two things were infinite: The universe, and human stupidity. He was 100 percent correct. Last week I read an article about an 18-year-old who drank 10 Jägerbombs and then collapsed on her bathroom floor. For those who don’t know …

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  • Targeting free school lunches is baloney

    Did you ever think you’d see the day when decrying low-income kids who get free school lunches would become a political battle cry, coupled with the suggestion that parents who sign up their kids for free lunches love them less than parents who send their …

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  • Beard transplants: Yeah, you heard me

    “Who knows what vanity lurks in the hearts of men?” The 5 o’clock shadow knows! According to CNN, beard transplants are on the rise. Plastic surgeons have long provided the procedure for men trying to cover facial scars, but now hipsters are seeking out the …

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  • School for Blind reaches statewide

    After His disciples had asked about the blind man, Christ answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” In this verse is the story of the Arkansas School for the Blind. …

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  • Hillybilly image flavors reality series

    H.L. Mencken would have loved the Discovery Channel’s newest reality show. The noted Baltimore newspaperman on more than one occasion ridiculed Arkansas in his columns, referring to our beloved home state as “the miasmatic jungles of Arkansas” and stating that “Arkansas is perhaps the most …

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  • ‘Divergent’ is education dystopia

    The next big teen franchise is about to explode over movie screens nationwide on March 21 — except this time the kids aren’t scared of werewolves, zombies, dark wizards or sparkly vampires. The villain in “Divergent” is something they can’t run away from and they …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Created, or evolved? Dear editor: How did our world come to be? Was it created or evolved? Our education commissioners and U.S. Supreme Court or federal court judges can’t seem to agree. In my opinion, what difference does it make? But these “wise men” of the school …

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  • Some unintended consequences of ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign

    If you keep up with social justice issues, you’ve no doubt heard of the “Ban Bossy” campaign (banbossy.com) spearheaded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and other prominent females. The campaign seeks to strip “bossy” from our vocabulary, since its deeply ingrained use as …

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  • When Frank James was simply ‘the best man’

    As land west of the Mississippi opened up for settlement, huge numbers of people left their homes in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Ohio for new opportunities offered in the new frontier. The threat of a war between the states and epidemics of cholera, smallpox …

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