• When God-talk is considered protected speech

    If you ask a class of fifth-graders to write about someone they “look up to,” don’t be shocked when at least one of them decides to write about God. That’s exactly what happened in Millington, Tenn. earlier this month when 10-year-old Erin selected God as …

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  • Perhaps it’s time to bring back Cliff Huxtable

    Last week I saw a video on Facebook that gave me a chuckle. It appears some dad was aggravated because his daughter was wearing “booty” shorts, so to teach her a lesson he put on a pair himself and wore them in public. Nothing funnier …

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  • Interesting student communications

    Most of my college students are bright, fun to teach, and work hard. But each semester I get interesting letters, emails and phone calls from a few students that I save for future column material. With the school year now under way, I thought I’d …

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  • Consequences for sex scandals

    So much for voters being poised to show that they don’t care about sex scandals anymore. Forget about former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s surprise May election to the House of Representatives despite the sex scandal stemming from his lie about hiking on the “Appalachian …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Respect for principal Dear Editor, I appreciate the Guard’s recognition of area educators upon their retirement and other noteworthy accomplishments. When Mr. Qualls called to say that you wanted to print an article recognizing my years of service, I was flattered. I enjoyed visiting with Mr. Qualls, …

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  • What would we do without computers?

    As I stumble sleepily from the bed, I weave up the hall to my office. I swing by my computer hitting the on button as I head to the kitchen to pour a bowl of raisin bran. I grab an apple as well and head …

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  • Time to investigate 107-year-old’s death

    Better late than never, we suppose. We hope it’s not too late for an investigation that will speak to doubts and complaints about Pine Bluff, Ark., police shooting a 107-year-old man who barricaded himself in his bedroom last weekend. A Jefferson County circuit judge has …

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  • A pain in my foot

    For the last few months, I’ve been hobbling around with a (literal) pain in my foot. It’s a stabbing type of pain when I walk on it. I thought it was a heel spur, but when I went to a doctor he said it was …

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  • It’s (no longer) a Jeep thing

    I became upset when I got word. Jeep, reports Automotive News, is shifting its focus away from hearty off-road 4X4’s to, mostly, dinky little two-wheel-drive cars that ride smoothly on paved roads — the kind of cars Europeans like to drive. This is what happens …

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  • Virtue, vice at the ballpark

    If there be (no virtue among us), we are in a wretched situation. —James Madison   This isn’t a year for complaints about the Pirates. So, forgive me while I complain not about the Pirates but a certain element of Pirates fans. This “element” is …

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  • Getting rid of pieces of my life at yard sale prices

    To the woman and two others who carried flashlights and stopped before dawn, I admire you for your zeal and outlook of how the early bird gets the worm. To the couple who bought a whole slew of like-new clothes for their daughters and only …

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  • Lindbergh’s first night flight

    A small monument off Highway 159, near Lake Village in extreme southeast Arkansas, marks the site of Lindbergh’s very first flight in darkness. It happened just four years before his historic non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic. In 1923, Lindbergh was a young unknown airmail …

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