• Buster: It was a good ride

    Fourteen years ago Buster found Heaven on Earth. For those of you who know my sister-in-law, you know that she doesn’t (always/most rarely/never) do things that make sense and has a mind of her own. So, when she announced she was getting a horse, I …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    ACLU, judges have done too much to the law  Dear editor: Congratulations, Arkansas! Praise God, and thank you to our legislators who, in pursuance of the constitutional right to life, passed a law banning abortions after the baby has a detectable heartbeat. We are now …

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  • Patent ‘trolls’ are bad, but patents are worse

    While global biotechnology firm Monsanto battled a farmer over soybean patents in the U.S. Supreme Court, a District Court in eastern Texas heard a similar case: Personal Audio, an alleged “patent troll,” filed suit against Adam Carolla’s Ace Broadcasting network for patent infringement. The patent …

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  • Going back to having a monthly vehicle payment

    We are now the owners of a new monthly truck payment. After being without a vehicle payment for a year now, Gary and I are now beholden to the finance company for his new ride, and I admit I had not given much thought until …

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  • Some of the bright sides of extreme maturity

    Some fancy-dancy public-policy think-tank just released a brand-new study that speculates the legion of aging baby boomers will permanently redefine retirement. Mainly because so few of us will be able to afford to retire. “Uh, lady, you want lids on these?” Fast-food break rooms equipped …

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  • Benedict deserves a better papal sendoff than this

    Just what kind of retirement party do you give a pope? Since the Vatican has adhered to a “no pope left behind” policy for the past 600 years, this was surely a puzzler when Pope Benedict voluntarily cashed in his cassock last month. Most popes, …

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  • Out with the old is like therapy

    I was a collector long before I was ever a teen. I loved old glass Coke bottles, and collected them. Noteworthy newspapers, too (which should have been a foreshadowing of my future career), and I was always mindful of things that might not be worth …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Personal choices denied Letter to the Editor: I just finished reading about legislation passed to ban a licensed “scarification” artist from practicing in the state of Arkansas. The bill was introduced by Missy Irvin. Ms. Irvin is a supposedly conservative Republican interested in protecting our …

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  • Still wrote for symphonies, movies

    If you have watched “Lost Horizon,” “Pennies from Heaven,” “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke” or “Have Gun, Will Travel,” then you have heard the music of William Grant Still of Little Rock. Born in Mississippi in 1895, Still was a baby when his father died unexpectedly and …

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  • Old friend breathes new life into old story

    It stills feels like I am dreaming. A few days ago a woman left me a message on my website saying she was in search of Donetta Bradford who lived in Oklahoma. “She was friends with my daughter, Tiffany,” she wrote. A wave of emotion …

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  • Religion, or not? Battling over yoga in public schools

    Is yoga secular or religious? That’s the conundrum at the heart of a new legal battle in Encinitas, Calif. over the teaching of yoga in public schools. In a lawsuit filed last month, a couple with two children in the Encinitas schools charge that the …

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  • Home free

    As one who frequently works from home, I believe Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has seriously erred in removing that option for her staff. I’ve kept a diary of my productivity, and I’m forwarding this rundown of a typical day to Ms. Mayer, urging her to reconsider. …

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