• How to handle disagreements in the workplace

    Disagreements are part of any relationship and, for most of us, our jobs are as much a relationship as our marriages, family and friendships. In fact, you probably spend more waking hours each week in your work relationship than you do in any other relationship. …

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  • Congress needs a thorough sweeping

    I watched in near tears listening to President Obama Tuesday evening concerning the war in Syria. Like most Americans, I cannot bear the thought of going to war again but after listening, I had to agree with him. I thought he addressed what Americans have …

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  • Millenials, baby boomers differ on AM radio

    I don’t think my relationship with AM radio is particularly unique. I have priceless memories of the early morning drive to college, listening to bluegrass music on “clear channel 650-WSM, the Air Castle of the South.” But 30-plus years later, I find myself habitually relying …

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  • More true tales from Red Cut School

    The first Red Cut School column in this space was published in the Sept. 5 edition of the Guard and the school was featured in on the A Glance at Days Gone By page on Sept. 6. While former Cushman Superintendent James “Tiny” Smith was …

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  • Protect your daughters, not your religion

    When we hear the words “child bride,” many of us might think of our grandparents. We often see a cute little white-haired couple’s picture in the paper, announcing they’re celebrating 65 years of marital bliss, and they wed when she was 16. It must have …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Growing problem of dog attacks Dear editor: On the evening of Aug. 23, 2013, I let my four little dogs outside to use the restroom, something I have done for the past 15 years. Shortly after they had gone out I heard a lot of barking. I looked out …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Ambulance owner disputes story about transport Dear Editor, I was amazed at the article written by Angelia Roberts regarding Ozark EMS. I believe in freedom of the press and freedom of speech, but only if it has been verified by all parties involved. Ms. Roberts misquoted me quite a few …

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  • Also wanting some answers

    In today’s letter to the editor, Kathy Cheatham, the owner of Ozark EMS takes me to task over a recent story involving the transport of a prison inmate. You see, Ms. Cheatham, I know you have a love of letter writing since I have seen …

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  • For all of those who make us what we are

    I hadn’t thought too much about it until that day. I guess because in my junior and senior years of high school, I won honors in football, wrestling and track. I don’t mention this to brag, but rather show what might happen when we are …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Final lap was bittersweet Dear Editor: Saturday’s “Final Lap for Sara” Sara Low 5K was bittersweet. I have never run for a better cause, never been with better people, and never been so touched as with everyone who gave their time resources year after year for this event. …

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  • ‘Downton Abbey’ or ‘Duck Dynasty’?

    Just consider me late to the party. I knew I did not wish to start watching any more shows on television, but I started not one but two more, anyway. I recently went to the library — yes, the Independence County Library right here on …

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  • A New Yorker’s view of gun control

    During my last visit to New York City, I stumbled into an unexpected discussion about its restrictive gun polices. The discussion occurred after I ducked into a coffee shop. The place was empty except for three transit employees. “I don’t know why the kid shot …

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