• Minimum wage hammers youth

    With Democrats cratering in the polls over their collapsing health care law, they are trying to pivot to the only part of their policy agenda that still enjoys broad public support: the minimum wage. But their advocacy and its popularity rest on the incorrect belief …

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  • Confederate soldier James H. Campbell Teen’s war gets more difficult

    After the Poison Springs and Saline River battles in the spring of 1864, Civil War teen James H. Campbell with the Confederate Army (see Nov. 21 and Dec. 5 columns), was sent to south Arkansas on outpost duty to allow his battalion to rest their …

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  • Paying it forward

    There’s nothing like the holiday season to make you really appreciate the blessings you have in life and to also make you think about those less fortunate. As Americans we hear all the time about starving people in other countries. Images of hungry, malnourished children …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    City lights ‘amazing’ To the editor: Thank you to the City of Batesville and all who participated in the lights at Riverside Park and Downtown. You continue to do an amazing job for all to enjoy. The horse and carriage rides are a great addition …

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  • Christmas is a time for presence

    I remember having my nose pressed squarely against the window. It was cold outside and frost had formed around the edges of the panes near the white wooden stiles separating each of the three windows in the living room into six sections. I was watching …

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  • Money belongs to us, not workers

    The audacity that public servants believe they can use the public’s money for their own personal use without repercussions continues to amaze us. We live in a day where anyone can be involved in electronic eavesdropping, whistleblowing, social media warfare, Freedom of Information investigations, and …

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  • Finding Santa’s loot

    Maybe it’s because I’m the oldest child, and my parents had plenty of time to read to me as a baby and toddler. Maybe it was just a personality trait I was born with or inherited. Maybe it was something else, but I’ve always had …

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  • Son’s first Christmas

    My son Gideon turned 9 months old on Dec. 6. We didn’t get to dwell on that milestone because he’s already in high gear for his first Christmas. I know it’s a cliche, but having a child around the house (after 13 years of a …

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  • Do you hear what I hear?

    It was 73 and sunny, two weeks before Thanksgiving, and I was stuck in traffic on the 405. Over the car radio a DJ on KOST-FM was extolling the “holiday spirit.” Then he played “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry — a song …

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  • Dipping into the cold cream at 30

    Since turning 30 a little more than two weeks ago, I’ve managed to go with my shoelaces untied after stepping on them (during the winter storm no less). My wardrobe still looks as it did a decade ago and my hair is just as unmanageable. …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Sharp Co. does not need to go into hospital business To the Editor: Dear citizens of Sharp County: Do you ever get the feeling that the county is run by a few influential people that impose their will on the majority through various and devious means? After much thought, this appears to be what …

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  • Don’t worry, Santa, the ‘war on Christmas’ isn’t real

    When I read that 52 percent of American adults say they believe in Santa Claus (according to a survey from Public Policy Polling), I wasn’t surprised to learn in the same poll that 42 percent also believe there is a “war on Christmas.” After all …

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