• High-profile virus not unlike other childhood illnesses

    If you’ve spent any time in front of a TV or on social media lately, you couldn’t miss the reports about enterovirus 68. Everyone is talking about it, and some outlets are referring to it as a “mystery illness.” The good news is that enteroviruses …

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  • The price of a truck, tools and an extra pair of hands

    It’s really helpful when I need to borrow a truck, tools, or an extra pair of hands to have someone I can call, beg or steal from. Therefore, it is important that I remain on friendly terms with my X. That said, I have one …

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  • To spank or not to spank

    Once again the NFL is facing another case of a player being charged with abuse. This time, it’s Adrian Peterson, a running back for the Minnesota Vikings. Apparently Peterson gave his 4-year-old son a spanking using what the media is calling “a tree branch” and …

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  • Rejection

    He glanced at me over the tops of his thick, black-framed glasses that rested midway down on his nose. He smiled. His white hair — probably neatly combed earlier that morning — was pointing in different directions. It didn’t seem to bother him that my …

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  • Where’s the operating manual for toddlers?

    Babies (and toddlers) really should come with parenting manuals. Sure, there are tons of parenting and well-child books out there, but they don’t address specific actions, such as those by our toddler. We have decided Kaylee is more industrious than many of the experts and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Abuse takes many forms Dear editor: As you know, some NFL football players have been abusing their wives or girlfriends and they wind up taking back their abuser. I don’t care if you play for the NFL or not; you don’t need to put hands on a woman. …

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  • Actions of mama bears make for an interesting family story

    Arkansas once was the Bear State, before marketing people decided that more tourists and potential land buyers would be more attracted by “The Land of Opportunity,” and then later, “The Natural State.” We’re also known for our hogs, whether a nuisance tearing up our yards …

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  • New home, new owner

    (Cue country tune of “I’m Not Lisa” by Jessi Colter.) I’m not JoAnn. My name is Lacy. I moved in a few weeks ago. ——— “I hope you keep it (the yard) up just as good as JoAnn did,” one man commented to me from …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Thankful for our country In the United States, we observe Constitution Week during Sept. 17-23 annually to commemorate the Constitutional Convention’s work in drafting the Constitution by which our nation is still governed. The Convention met May 25, 1787, to discuss the provisions to be included in the …

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  • Outrageous news headlines that are actually real!

    I have become a news junkie and it’s probably pretty obvious judging by my latest columns. I can’t help it though. I am shocked at most of the things I read about and feel compelled to share them. I have found many people are oblivious …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Tyranny in action It seems everyone in America thinks Vladimir Putin is a tyrant because he wants to take over the Ukraine. Most of us do not know the history or facts. It was Grand Prince Vladimir of Kiev that was the first Russian ruler …

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  • A shipwreck of a column: Gilligan’s Island turns 50

    Just sit right back and you’ll endure a tale … Sept. 26 marks the 50th anniversary of the classic TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island.” People exclaim, “You’re making me feel old!” when I tell them that. Gee, Skipper, I would have thought it had something to …

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