• Quite an illuminating experience

    OK, I admit there are a lot of things I haven’t heard of before. There are still things I read about or watch on the news that can shock the heck out of me. Usually, however, this doesn’t happen when I’m driving in my car …

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  • Senator succumbs to greed, arrogance

    Taking campaign money for personal use equates to greed. Not dealing with it directly with constituents is arrogance. It’s a deadly combination for state Sen. Paul Bookout, D-Jonesboro, as the Arkansas Ethics Commission handed him a $8,000 fine Friday. Bookout resigned Tuesday. The devil is …

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  • Bank site not right for library

    When I read the Guard Tuesday, Aug. 13, I was appalled at the headline, “Library May Move to Bank of America.” I am in the library almost every day, and the staff and I have often talked about the lack of space. They have told …

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  • Signs for tourists

    My wife, Donna, sent me to town to purchase the last items we had on our list for our vacation. I was working my way down the bread aisle when a lady stopped me. “I’m sorry to bother you,” she said, “but I’m not from …

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  • Let the pantsuit dance

    It’s time to address the burning question singeing the lips of every American this summer: What will happen to Bryan Cranston’s pork pie hat after “Breaking Bad” ends its run? OK, maybe that’s No. 2. The big one is who’s going to be the Democratic …

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  • Five things Republicans have repealed

    House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans should be judged not on what laws they’ve made but by what laws they’ve repealed. I’d like to offer a brief list of the fallout of the GOP’s existential crisis:   1. “Hitler” The first time I heard someone …

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  • Not smarter than a (1912) eighth-grader

    How easy or hard something is quite relative, but I’d say the students of today have it pretty easy compared to their peers from 101 years ago. The Bullitt County History Museum in Shepherdsville, Ky. received a copy of a 1912 eighth-grade exam drafted for …

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  • Courthouses: Rich in history

    After a statewide survey of all county courthouses in Arkansas, conducted by the state’s Historic Preservation program in 1975, the Clark County courthouse at Arkadelphia was rated as the most significant surviving courthouse in the state. It was designed by legendary architect Charles Thompson, and …

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  • MLK’s ‘I Have A Dream’ iconic speech to turn 50

    Mark your calendar for Aug. 28, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech, which was delivered to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I’ll be thinking of Dr. King on that anniversary …

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  • Culture of rudeness

    “What do you mean, Americans have gotten ruder?” “Poll after poll has been showing it in recent years. Nearly 70 percent of respondents to an Associated Press poll said people are ruder than they were 20 or 30 years ago.” “Why would that be?” “Lots …

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  • Union forces planned to occupy Little Rock

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Union forces were steadfast in their plan to occupy Little Rock. As they repaired infrastructure destroyed by the Confederates, the slow process of moving an army through hostile territory was not easy. As the Clarendon bridge was mended and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Museum offers maps on website Dear editor: I was pleased to see in the Batesville Daily Guard on Aug. 8 that the Commissioner of State Lands had presented a reproduction of a historic plat map to the county. In case you would like to research …

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