• Don’t let one bad apple spoil bunch

    Earlier this week a teacher and former children’s pastor was arrested for downloading child pornography. Whether he’s innocent or guilty, it is yet another stain on two respected positions in our community. I am not here to pass judgement — I leave that to a …

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  • Needed: Federal control of garage sales

    Having just helped my mother with her annual yard sale, I have come to a disturbing conclusion. As much as it pains me to say it, for the sake of buyers and sellers alike, the federal government needs to intervene in the yard/garage sale industries. …

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  • Scandals blend to form perfect storm

    When it rains, it pours. The combined weight of the three growing Obama administration scandals is weighing down the White House and overwhelming their ability to control the story or advance their agenda. In hospital triage, this is the equivalent of not having enough bed …

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  • Perfume musk and animals

    When I first learned about ambergris some decades ago, scientists thought it was whale puke. Hold that thought, readers, if you think you can stand it. Ambergris, an odorous substance, has been used in perfumes since fairly ancient times to help the good scent of …

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  • Raising a generation of snowflakes

    I’m so excited that it’s baseball season again! I wasn’t always a huge fan but being married to a former sports photographer and sports editor will change one’s views on ballgames pretty quick. Now football does have its moments (namely, the Super Bowl, or any …

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  • Keep those catalogs a-comin’

    What America needs is a good Productivity Boosting Nap Pod, a device that looks like a dentist chair with a roof. As luck would have it, this 310-pound unit, that “provides optimal ergonomics for napping,” is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $16,000. Dagwood Bumstead take …

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  • Thoughts of Mom and Dad on this Memorial Day

    As Americans nationwide mark Memorial Day, this will be my first Memorial Day without my dad. He was a World War II veteran. Since my father’s passing two months ago, seven years after my mother’s, I consider how both significant and ephemeral their lives were. …

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  • I remember Dad

    Memorial Day always brings memories of my dad and the stories he told us of his experiences in World War II — a collage of stories that had no order or sequence to my young mind. They were simply exciting stories set in exotic places …

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  • Fooling myself into thinking I’m not one of those people

    I like to think I’m one of those people who is not attached to her phone, someone who can live without it and doesn’t need to check it every five minutes. Secretly, I look at people who can’t get off the phone long enough to …

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  • Benghazi smoke screen

    Up until about an hour ago, most Americans thought Benghazi was the guy who palled around with John Cassavetes back in the ’60s, but now it’s obvious we’re talking about the foreign policy arm of a multi-ramped tar pit the president has found himself swimming …

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  • United Nations to U.S.: ‘Eat a bug!’

    If the United Nations gets its way, the American diet will undergo an amazing metamorphosis. According to The Associated Press, the U.N. is touting edible insects as a low-fat, high-protein food for humans, pets and livestock. The international body believes that if we would join …

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  • Louise Thaden: Ark. pioneer flier

    Louise Thaden never enjoyed the international fame of Amelia Earhart, but she was her equal, becoming the first woman to set world performance records and win major flying events. Born in 1905 in Bentonville, Louise was the daughter of Roy and Edna McPhetridge. She attended …

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