• Let the pantsuit dance

    It’s time to address the burning question singeing the lips of every American this summer: What will happen to Bryan Cranston’s pork pie hat after “Breaking Bad” ends its run? OK, maybe that’s No. 2. The big one is who’s going to be the Democratic …

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  • Five things Republicans have repealed

    House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans should be judged not on what laws they’ve made but by what laws they’ve repealed. I’d like to offer a brief list of the fallout of the GOP’s existential crisis:   1. “Hitler” The first time I heard someone …

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  • Not smarter than a (1912) eighth-grader

    How easy or hard something is quite relative, but I’d say the students of today have it pretty easy compared to their peers from 101 years ago. The Bullitt County History Museum in Shepherdsville, Ky. received a copy of a 1912 eighth-grade exam drafted for …

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  • Courthouses: Rich in history

    After a statewide survey of all county courthouses in Arkansas, conducted by the state’s Historic Preservation program in 1975, the Clark County courthouse at Arkadelphia was rated as the most significant surviving courthouse in the state. It was designed by legendary architect Charles Thompson, and …

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  • MLK’s ‘I Have A Dream’ iconic speech to turn 50

    Mark your calendar for Aug. 28, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech, which was delivered to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I’ll be thinking of Dr. King on that anniversary …

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  • Culture of rudeness

    “What do you mean, Americans have gotten ruder?” “Poll after poll has been showing it in recent years. Nearly 70 percent of respondents to an Associated Press poll said people are ruder than they were 20 or 30 years ago.” “Why would that be?” “Lots …

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  • Union forces planned to occupy Little Rock

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Union forces were steadfast in their plan to occupy Little Rock. As they repaired infrastructure destroyed by the Confederates, the slow process of moving an army through hostile territory was not easy. As the Clarendon bridge was mended and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Museum offers maps on website Dear editor: I was pleased to see in the Batesville Daily Guard on Aug. 8 that the Commissioner of State Lands had presented a reproduction of a historic plat map to the county. In case you would like to research …

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  • What’s in a name?

    I used to do the birth announcements for the Guard and as a result, I thought I’d heard every crazy name out there. Guess what? I was WRONG. Shakespeare once wrote “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name …

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  • Why I sometimes long for the Cold War

    I’ve been thinking about the sorry state of American culture, and that made me reminisce about the Cold War. You remember the Cold War. It brought us espionage, alliances with cheesy dictators and a devotion to making bombs. And throughout it all, we lived in …

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  • Some chilling news

    All I know about climate, some say, is what’s outside my window. Across much of California this is one of the coolest summers in memory, with temperatures well below normal. Here in San Jose, where the average high in August is 82 degrees, so far …

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  • A nerd girl’s paradise

    My big summer project has turned out to be redecorating my Chicago apartment. It all started because I told my landlord I was moving in order to gain a dishwasher and a vent above the stove. He countered with an offer to put both of …

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