• Letter to the Editor

    Drug dealers are taking over To the Editor: As we hear of the drug lords running Mexico, I remember the words of the professor who taught the first course in marriage counseling at Arlington State, Dallas, Texas. He was interesting to listen to and had experience running the old …

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  • Veterans Day: Is anybody listening?

    Veterans Day brings to mind one of the favorite anecdotes of my late father, Lewis Tyree. Dad was inducted into the U.S. Army at the tail end of World War II. During basic training, the drill instructor demonstrated how to disarm a knife-wielding assailant. One …

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  • General Assembly takes up veterans affairs

    More than 250,000 veterans call Arkansas home. As we near Veterans Day, the 89th General Assembly extends its appreciation to every single Arkansan and their families who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country. Veteran’s affairs is a very personal issue for the General Assembly, …

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  • Light ’em up … or not

    Have you ever had one of those months, weeks, days, minutes in which you thought you could use a cigarette? It seems to be the story of my life here lately and what’s worse is that I’ve never smoked a day in my life, have …

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  • Explosion was unlucky for many

    When the Union gunboat, Mound City, exploded during a Confederate attack at St. Charles, Ark., in June 1862, it was called a “lucky” shot. About 150 sailors were killed or severely wounded in what is often called the most destructive single shot of the Civil …

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  • Hey, FDA, mind your own business

    One of the first things I learned in my health care career is that pain is very subjective. Different people experience different levels of pain in different situations. Because of this, I was taught that we cannot take a cookie-cutter approach to pain management and …

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  • ‘Anonymous’ calls for protests

    Anonymous, a cyber activist group, along with several other political groups, are calling for a Million Mask March on Tuesday. The global event is set to take place at more than 400 locations across the globe. Organizers want to draw attention to government, education reform, …

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  • Because I could not stop for Minecraft …

    Has a neighbor ever inundated you with homegrown vegetables just when you’re least able to process them? Has a well-meaning relative ever picked out the perfect mate, chapel, honeymoon location, house and cemetery plot for you? It’s sort of like that with my son Gideon …

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  • Professor, long-distance cousin bond over baseball

    Editor’s note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.   My cousin Drew is a 45-year-old veteran of the first Gulf War (1991), which he served aboard a battleship in the Persian Gulf. A former high school quarterback out of western …

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  • Standing your ground or nanner nanner boo boo?

    I’m sure everyone is familiar with the Stand-Your-Ground law or, if you weren’t, you sure figured out what it was following all the media frenzy over the Trayvon Martin case. In basic terms, a Stand-Your-Ground law is a form of self defense that allows people …

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  • Why Millennials consider iPhone a basic human right

    What dictates your spending? Your current economic circumstances? Or the lifestyle in which you were raised? I grew up as the eldest of four kids in a house that only had one bathroom. I was raised on Spam. We never had money for vacations. My …

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  • Tarantulas look scary, but pose little threat

    Editor’s note: Lexie Sullivan wrote the following a few years back for a class she was taking. “I’ve seen two of these frightening critters this month and it made me think of this article,” she said. Sullivan is a former schoolteacher who lives in the …

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