• Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.   I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out at Christmastime. This self-proclaimed …

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  • Time to close Harrison’s city jail

    Harrison city officials have been put on notice that the city’s three-cell jail is out of compliance with any kind of 21st century standards and the city should consider voluntarily closing the facility. So why does the Harrison City Council want to put off a …

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  • High praise for city’s lighting displays

    It was easy to look on the bright side, during Christmas in Batesville. The downtown and Riverside Park have never looked more beautiful, thanks to Johnathan Abbott, the city’s landscaping/cemetery supervisor, and the crews who worked tirelessly to put up (and now, take down) the …

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  • New Year’s resolutions for 2014

    Here are some suggested New Year’s resolutions for some folks, parties and companies: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: You’re facing a scandal that foes hope will show you were involved in politically vindictive lane closures that slowed down traffic on the George Washington Bridge, country’s …

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  • Maurice ‘Footsie’ Britt

    Born June 29, 1919, Maurice Lee Britt was a Lonoke County native who became renowned as a star athlete, war hero and state politician. He was elected and served two terms as Arkansas’ lieutenant governor during the “Rockefeller years,” 1967-71. Britt received his nickname, “Footsie,” …

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  • Wasted youth

    Bedtime as a child is no fun when you’re told you have to go to sleep and alcohol seems more exciting when you’re under the legal age. These days I’m ready to call it a night by the time 8 o’clock, (sometimes even 7 p.m.), …

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  • Civility: Let’s try that free speech option in 2014 in public life

    The First Amendment protects our freedom to say and write just about anything we want — but that doesn’t mean we ought to, particularly in public life. The difference rests between can and should. Our nation’s founders were no strangers to rude, callous and raucous …

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  • Whose right is it? State decides when children can get body art

    It was only because my daughter wanted a piercing at the top of her ear, known as a cartilage, that I found out about a new law in Arkansas that says no one under 16 can get this type of piercing — even if the …

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  • Obama channels Nixon

    President Obama, despondent over his low poll numbers and the lack of trust many Americans have for him and his policies, did something drastic. He met with the psychic medium who once helped Hillary Clinton contact the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt. With the medium’s help, …

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  • The forgotten Republican rebrand

    Heckuva job with that rebranding, Republicans. They started 2013 hoping to rejoin modern America but ended it once again on the wrong side of history. By embracing Phil Robertson’s prejudice against gays and blacks and rebuffing Pope Francis’ call for economic justice, Republicans have made …

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  • County, city still differ on district court statements

    Judge: Change is needed Having received the year to date documents from the District Court, I wish to respond to the Batesville City Clerk’s comments in the Dec. 6, 2013 Batesville Daily Guard. First let me say that Ms. Johnston is comparing apples and oranges. …

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  • Freedom of religion for all, not some

    Does anyone ever stop and think about how privileged we are in this country to enjoy freedom of religion? Do we appreciate the fact that we can pray anytime, anywhere we feel the need? That we can go into any church of our choice and …

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