• Stupid is as stupid does

    Albert Einstein once said that only two things were infinite: The universe, and human stupidity. He was 100 percent correct. Last week I read an article about an 18-year-old who drank 10 Jägerbombs and then collapsed on her bathroom floor. For those who don’t know …

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  • Beard transplants: Yeah, you heard me

    “Who knows what vanity lurks in the hearts of men?” The 5 o’clock shadow knows! According to CNN, beard transplants are on the rise. Plastic surgeons have long provided the procedure for men trying to cover facial scars, but now hipsters are seeking out the …

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  • Targeting free school lunches is baloney

    Did you ever think you’d see the day when decrying low-income kids who get free school lunches would become a political battle cry, coupled with the suggestion that parents who sign up their kids for free lunches love them less than parents who send their …

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  • School for Blind reaches statewide

    After His disciples had asked about the blind man, Christ answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” In this verse is the story of the Arkansas School for the Blind. …

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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