• Private study: U.S. helped arm al-Qaida

    The last time I checked al-Qaida was our enemy. You know, the ones we were told were behind 9/11?  So why in the world would our government take our tax dollars to purchase guns that they knew were going into the hands of al-Qaida? Worse …

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  • Time to get tough on India stealing our stuff

    Quite simply, from pharmaceuticals to motion pictures to software, India is stealing our stuff. India ranks dead last among major economies in protection of intellectual property rights, according to a comprehensive analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And despite lots of talk and visits …

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  • As kids age, bedwetting can be challenge for entire family

    Take a moment to think about the average kindergarten classroom, probably 20 to 25 kids, right? At least two or three of those kindergartners — so about 15 percent — face a medical issue that causes their families plenty of anxiety and likely affects the …

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  • 19th-century sermon mixed gospel, bear hunting

    Batesville has been called the City of Churches, but in territorial days, Arkansas was the Bear State. Thus it was that the first preaching in John Reed’s cabin, which was constructed about 1812, mixed preaching and bears. Or rather, one bear. The sermon in the …

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  • Helping kids beat summer doldrums

    The summer months are almost upon us and everyone knows what that means. We are in the final weeks of school and soon parents across the state will be scrambling to find solutions to the ever-popular kid complaint of “I’m bored.” I don’t know about …

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  • Arlington National Cemetery: 150 years of service

    In the 40-plus years since my paternal grandparents passed away, I have often wondered about the status of Shiloh Cemetery, which was nestled on the hilltop above their humble farmhouse. Recently, my hometown newspaper, the Marshall County (Tenn.) Tribune, brought me up to date. Decades …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    A very disturbing trend is happening in Independence County. You can’t drive through town without seeing the “Decline to Sign” campaign out in full force across many of our businesses and fine religious institutions. This is of course a reference to the currently circulating petitions …

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  • More than a bandit: Frank James, the teacher

    When talking of Frank James, first we remember him as the older brother of Jesse James, second as an outlaw and bandit, third as a Partisan Ranger riding with William Clarke Quantrill and Bloody Bill Anderson. We may think of him as a brother, son, …

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  • Mayhaws: A Southern delicacy

    One of the most celebrated delicacies of the South was found almost by accident in the remote wetlands and marshes across the region. For generations, the mayhaw berry has been one of the most popular foods in the South. The mayhaw, sometimes called the hawthorn, …

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  • Our future MMA (or softball) star

    I think I may have a future MMA fighter on my hands. That or the local thug. Friday night, my folks had the four youngest grandkids (ages 1 to 9) over for an Easter egg hunt and sleepover, and I’ve noticed Kaylee may be the …

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  • Why I taught my daughters how to be ambassadors in the fifth grade

    Both of my daughters got a passport when they graduated from the fifth grade. I grew up relatively untraveled. My family didn’t have a lot of money, and we had lots of kids, four in total, so “travel” was trips to South Carolina in our …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Sending a message Dear editor: Tonight as I was reading the Batesville Guard I noticed an article that stated that a constitutional amendment was looked at and rejected that would make it legal to produce and sell alcohol in all 75 Arkansas counties. Not only …

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