• Standing up for what’s right

    They are just learning to walk and talk. The older children are active in sports, spending hours texting friends and looking forward to a bright future. But wait. Not these children. These children have no future. They are not part of a world where they …

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  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of typos

    I hope you enjoy your watermelon, fireworks and parades this Independence Day. I’m sort of burned out on the holiday. Somehow or another I got corralled into proofreading a history textbook chapter on the American Revolution. Whether because of political correctness, a desire to give …

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  • ‘Cavemen’ were used to promote Oregon Caves

    Despite intensive publicity in the past about Oregon Caves National Monument, it went over my head. Of course, I wasn’t around for most of that publicity, but in 1971 I did follow the Redwood Trail up the California coast into Oregon, going through Grants Pass …

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  • Cavemen had parenting problems, too

    A few years ago I had the opportunity to interview a lady who worked in a public school for 35 years. Personally, I can’t IMAGINE working around kids for that long and not losing my sanity. In my current job I see a lot of …

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  • Berry pickin’ time

    As the sun barely peaked over the Gravelly Spur, Grandma Kitty walked from the spring with a pail of milk. They kept milk and cheese in the cold waters of Frogleg Creek to keep them cold. As she walked towards the porch and the sun’s …

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  • Catholic school incisive, not divisive

    I don’t know what President Obama was thinking. Speaking in Northern Ireland last week, he said Catholic schools are divisive: “If towns remain divided, if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear …

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  • Big secret in tiny Cord, Ark.

    Shh. The Cord community has a secret. It’s McAdams Park. Have you been there? It’s pretty awesome. On Sunday, Gary and I were entertaining our niece and two of the nephews for a few hours, or rather, they were entertaining us. The boys are 8 …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Fire dues on top of taxes ‘double dipping’ Dear editor: To the Bethesda community: We are being asked to pay $30 a year fire dues for the Bethesda Fire Department. But we have not been told that there is $156,000 coming to the fire department. …

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  • An E-Z fix

    My grandfather used to tell a story about a fellow who proposed to end poverty by taking half of the rich folks’ money and giving it to the poor. Asked how this was being received, the man said, “I checked with the poor and they’re …

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  • Infrastructure success story

    The stories about the declining state of American infrastructure are everywhere — road and bridges, airports, railways, water and sewer systems. There’s never enough money and we’re always being forced as taxpayers to pay more. But there is one type of infrastructure that has had …

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  • Winking owls, starbursts and mirrored boxes, oh my!

    With my own place comes the desire to fill it with things I’ve always wanted but didn’t have space for. These days it’s not the space, but money, or lack of, that prevents me still. Now that I can expand my sights at what I …

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  • Post offices and early roads

    The U.S. Congress approved a road from St. Louis to Arkansas Post in 1816. Pioneers and post offices would follow in slow fashion. Davidsonville, on Black River, would be the first place to establish postal service on June 28, 1817. Arkansas Post, on the lower …

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