• Invasion of the parent snatchers

    My parents have been replaced by pod people. That, or Stepford parents. They have become unrecognizable to me as the parents I had a child. Gone are the stern disciplinarians that ferreted out spankings and groundings for various infractions. Now, they are all about spoiling …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Health care and insurance Dear Editor: As I read the article about Brantley Frazier in the January 16th edition of the Batesville Guard my heart just went out to this amazing child and his family. I had trouble getting my head around all of the medical issues he …

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  • Protests over protests

    Few topics in modern life have produced as much rancorous and visible public debate as abortion — and one hot point of contention today is simply how close that debate may take place to the clinics that perform them. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments …

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  • Degree may be needed for fish care

    Owning a fish should be dependent on having a medical degree. While it may not seem difficult to care for a fish just wait until they get sick, just as my Blue Suede betta fish has been for the last few days. With the help …

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  • Conways were part of ‘Dynasty’

    James Sevier Conway was elected the first governor of the brand new state of Arkansas in 1836. Sixteen years later, his brother, Elias N. Conway, was elected governor. After 178 years and 45 governors, the Conway brothers remain as the only siblings ever elected governor …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Ashamed of this county Dear editor: I am ashamed of this county. I have lived here 14 years. The first time was 40 years ago when we were on vacation. That first time I saw this county it really impressed me when I heard they called this city …

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  • 100,000 Christians killed each year for their faith — including children

    Although we may not be seeing it here in America, Christians all over the world are being killed and according to one report by the Vatican, more than 100,000 a year. What I am about to share is very hard to read but I feel …

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  • Winter Olympics: The Untold Story

    Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto (“Hot. Cool. Yours.”) sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit. Of course some people will be …

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  • ‘Facebook Envy’ — and how to get over it

    This is a story about how I ended up in a McDonald’s, in a bad part of Los Angeles eating a Happy Meal for Christmas lunch. It’s also a story about Facebook envy. “Facebook Envy” is a condition that causes you to see one single …

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  • Head-Smashed-In site remains the focus of much study

    Some of the knowledge that archaeologists have learned from their studies of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta, Canada was related in last week’s column, but much more is still to learn. The archaeologists stopped digging in the “bone bed” at the 30 feet level when …

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  • Turkey bacon and duck bread

    Does anyone remember a few months ago when news sources all over the world were reporting that we were in for a shortage of bacon? At first I thought it was just a joke. After all, some reporters were calling it ridiculous things, like a …

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  • Bullets passing through air made ‘peculiar music’

    One hundred fifty years ago, interesting information was being printed by the Yankee presses in the state that were confiscated from former pro-Confederate printers. Among the numerous new presses throughout the state included The Fort Smith New Era. This week in 1864, an article was …

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