• Time to taper Halloween celebrations in schools

    Principal Orlando Taylor believed he was doing the right thing last week when he sent a letter home announcing to parents that Halloween celebrations will be banned this year at Inglewood Elementary School. But Taylor underestimated how many parents in Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania are emotionally …

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  • Bye-bye, Miss American Pie

    Each day I watch as the ideals and morals that this country were founded on fade away. What the founders and veterans of this country worked so hard for and died for is now being squandered by their spoiled grandchildren who don’t appreciate it and …

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  • Boy leaves Batesville, resurfaces later as clown on TV

    When Robert Ford looked at the obituaries in the Oct. 6 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, he saw that one of his childhood friends had passed on — a friend who left Batesville as the result of a tragic murder that occurred Jan. 2, 1935. The obituary was …

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  • Columbus, friend of Santa, discovers Halloween

    Well, I tried. With the holiday season approaching and more things coming across the news, I was determined not to say a single thing this season and just let people bask in their delusions. And personally I think I did a pretty good job. After …

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  • Anybody else hate bifocals?

    This summer, shortly after turning 53, I finally “upgraded” to bifocal eyeglasses, and I must admit that I am underwhelmed. I was in denial about needing glasses at all until high school. Until about the time Fonzie made it cool to wear eyeglasses in one …

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  • Paid journalists pay off

    I am a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist. My column runs, I’m told, in nearly 90 newspapers each week and it just turned two years old. You might assume this means I went to journalism school, started at a paper and worked my way up. You …

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  • Remembering the excitement of trip to town in days of old

    On Saturday, Oct. 12, as my wife Debra and I cruised down the main street of Batesville, Arkansas, it was as if we had stepped back in time. The parking spaces were full. We saw friends and family walking down the streets laughing, talking and …

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  • Don’t need to leave country to find adventure

    “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” “I don’t much care where –” “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” —Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland”   …

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  • Some of the perils of nasty ‘netiquette’

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   Boy, is technology making us ruder. I read with great delight a Wall Street Journal story about a couple …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: In response to (last week’s) letter regarding chemotherapy, radiation and a cancer cure. All a person needs to do is read G. Edward Griffin’s book, “World Without Cancer, the Story of Vitamin B17,” to understand that Big Pharm and FDA will never release …

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  • Christmastime’s a’coming … and still no wreath

    Almost a year later and I have to wonder what I was thinking when the days following Christmas I thought I’d get crafty and buy tons of Christmas ornament balls to make a vintage-inspired bauble wreath. I blame it on Pinterest, which is like the …

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  • White River pearl boom plundered mussel beds

    The White and Black river regions of Arkansas experienced a pearl “boom” during the first three decades of the last century. Farmers left their crops unharvested; bankers, lawyers and merchants closed their doors; and hundreds of families relocated to shanties and tents along the rivers …

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