• Something wicked this way comes

    I think my resolution for this year should have been to quit watching the news. Seriously, every time I think I’ve heard it all, something new comes to light that makes me lose even more faith in humanity. Last week it was the woman trying …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Social Security benefit should not be cut I received a letter from my old friend Sen. Tom Harkin, in this letter he wrote of the urgent need to protect our Social Security, he wrote: On Friday, President Obama’s budget proposal will include cuts to Social …

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  • Play ball — 2013

    Forget the robin. Ignore the tulips. Do not let the Easter Bunny, hummingbirds or awakening bears hoodwink you. The first baseball thrown in anger is the true harbinger of spring and calendar alarm for the lazy discard of the heavy encumbrances of winter. Ditch the …

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  • Well done, Lady Thatcher – The passing of the Iron Lady

    Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest leaders of the Cold War, of the 20th century, and of British history, has died at the age of 87. I’ve referred to her as one of my Cold War seven: Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech …

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  • Homeschool segregation

    Some think marriage equality is the civil rights fight of our time. Patrick Stewart made news when he called domestic violence against women the “single greatest human rights violation of our generation.” But here in Texas, we’ve got a much bigger fight on our hands: …

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  • What can this girl dream up next?

    Oh, to have the imagination of a young girl! I spent the weekend spoiling my niece Abby, who just turned 11 on Monday. It amazes me, sometimes, the things she can dream up but after 11 years I ought to have learned better by now. …

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  • I’m already against the next war and you should be, too

    This week, the boogeyman is North Korea. Is anyone surprised? The Stalinist “Hermit Kingdom” is right out of central casting. Isolated, always bellicose, unpredictable, and on a war footing for decades: If the Korean War was an American citizen, it would be deciding about now …

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  • Thoughts about the new Star Wars movie

    Fans of the popular sci-fi franchise take their fictional universe very seriously. Any Stars Wars fan worth his weight in action figures knows that Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi never utters the phrase “May the force be with you” in the original 1977 film, “Star Wars.” …

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  • Superintendent responds to column about millage

    Dear Editor: I read with interest the article written by the Honorable Oscar E. Jones IV, one of the owners of the Batesville Daily Guard, in which he summarized his interview with me. Over the course of well over an hour, he asked me dozens …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Better PR needed To the editor: I don’t like starting my conversation as if I were in a parent conference meeting, telling the parents their child is very cute, has a nice smile, then hitting them on the hand with the bad news! But I …

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  • Writer could get used to suite life

    Top drawer. Top shelf. Whatever you call it we were there a few Saturdays ago. It was a dream come true for me even if it wasn’t in the town where to me, The Peabody gets its claim to fame (Memphis). Luke and I certainly …

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  • Artwork considered masterpiece

    Edward Payson Washburn became the most famous antebellum artist in Arkansas with his icon creation of the “Arkansaw Traveller.” The fact that he finished the painting only four years before his death at age 29, makes his wilderness masterpiece even more amazing. Born Nov. 16, …

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