• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Where’s the savings?

    I’m all about more daylight in the evenings, but getting used to it after having had an extra hour to sleep after several months sure isn’t easy. I shouldn’t be this tired and since we’re getting an “extra” hour, why does it seem I’m having …

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  • Col. Faulkner’s Arkansaw Traveler

    Sandford C. Faulkner never held elective office, never wrote a book and never traveled extensively. However, his folklore story of how a backwoods squatter outwitted an educated city slicker made Faulkner one of the leading characters in Arkansas history. The early history of Col. Faulkner …

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  • Get over your selfies

    Surely it’s not just me who is annoyed by everyone taking “selfies” of themselves. Don’t get me wrong — I like seeing photos of friends and family every once in while on Facebook but some people are just out of control. I can’t help but …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Moral decline Dear editor: How does the moral decline in the home, church, schools and government affect you? In the home, most of the time both parents work and many times the children are left with the T.V., cell phone and computer. Guess what? They don’t …

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  • About Town

    A long time ago, the first movie I remember seeing as a youngster was a Chuck Norris flick called “Lone Wolf McQuade.” While I don’t remember much about the plot of that movie, I’m sure that Chuck Norris killed a bunch of bad guys and …

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  • Solon Borland was one of many Arkansans who opposed compromise

    He was a man of many passions and many ambitions. And in the early years of Arkansas statehood, a time that attracted many men with restless spirits and towering ambitions to the area, Solon Borland was one of the standouts. A politician, veteran, physician, and …

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  • Water, water monsters everywhere

    While reading a book about the Loch Ness monster over the weekend, I found the subject of lake monsters and water monsters expounded upon. Practically every lake or body of water in the world are claimed to have water monsters, with most of the monsters …

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