• Teachers: Keep up the good work

    It’s a rare day my child comes home and wants to tell me about what she learned in school that day. As a matter of fact, normally when I ask her I get, “I don’t know,” which really means, “I don’t want to talk about …

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  • United States should try beating Ebola like polio

    My mother was 13 years old, the oldest child in her family, the day the health department nailed the quarantine notice on her front door. It was late in the summer of 1951. My mother’s younger sister, Cecelia, had just begun the eighth grade when …

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  • Sharing the pew with little green men

    Unless you’ve been hiding under an asteroid, you’ve probably heard about “Religion and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?,” the new book by David Weintraub, professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University. Weintraub’s book shares space on the shelves with a volume by two …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: This is going to be in response to two letters that were published in the Batesville Daily Guard. The first from Twyla Tyler published on Oct. 20, 2014, and the second from John Taylor published on Oct. 21, 2014. Twyla, according to the …

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  • Ghostly dreams

    Just in case there are some little-known statutes of limitations regarding criminal trespass, let me state up front that everything you are about to read here is total fiction. Not a word of it is true — you know, like most of my columns. We …

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  • Protecting children or violating rights?

    I have to say, for the first time in a while I am really impressed with the state of California, in particular the town of Simi Valley, which has recently adopted new restrictions on sex offenders to ban them from setting up outdoor decorations and …

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  • Nelson Bunker Hunt was part of Texas oil dynasty

    In the late 1970s and through the 1980s, millions of people would tune in weekly to watch Dallas, a night-time soap opera about the tawdry scandals and business dealings of a Texas oil family. At the same time, a family of Texas oil barons transplanted …

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  • Flashbacks and impacts

    Flashbacks. People from my past have been wandering into my psyche for no rhyme or reason and I find myself connecting the dots to see what impact they had on my life. One was Harry. I was rather fond of this nice old gent who …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    The power of the right to vote can be shown on Issue 3 Dear editor: I guess there are questions about Issue 3. With all the issues, amendments and referendums that don’t make it to the ballot in Arkansas, one has to wonder how Issue …

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  • Threat of Ebola low; hospitals on heightened alert

    I’ve heard so many comments by people who are terrified that they’re going to catch the Ebola virus. Personally, I’m not really worried at this point. The people in Independence County are at a very low risk of contracting the Ebola virus unless they’ve come …

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  • Is it Nov. 5 yet?

    With all the political mudslinging and name-calling at the local, state and national levels, I find myself daydreaming of going to an island without phones, television or social media until Nov. 5. The Bruners recently went on vacation to Branson for a few days, and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Since when is child porn worse than child rape? Dear editor: On page 2 of the Guard for Friday, Oct. 17th, there are two AP stories with headlines as follows: “Child rapist draws 25 years” and “1 sentenced for child porn.” The first story is …

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