• Letters to the editor

    Wake up, America! Dear editor: Newtown, Conn., and our nation are still reeling from the incomprehensible slaughter of 20 defenseless children and six adults. Mourning for these children has blanketed America as well as other countries with disbelief, prayers, tears, teddy bears, candles and funerals. …

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  • Minimum wage and Oz

    On Jan. 1 nearly one million Americans in 10 states received a pay raise because of a hike in minimum wage, but the issue of state and federal minimum wage laws will not go away. It suddenly struck me that a Wizard of Oz approach …

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  • Fascinating, not famous

    Every year, the media introduce us to the most fascinating people of the prior year. They always overlook people like Joe Horne. A tailgunner in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Horne and his crew enjoyed 11 successful missions. They didn’t expect to …

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  • A geek’s guide to getting a high score

    When my wife, Donna, and I were first married, we were given an old TI computer. The games on it were very limited, but so were our finances. I was majoring in both computer science and mathematics, and had very little time for any outside …

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  • Protecting school kids

    Jonathan Hornik, the Democratic Mayor of Marlboro Township in New Jersey, is a pragmatist. He favors a ban on the sale of assault weapons. He also wants laws to prohibit ordinary citizens from possessing high-capacity magazines. He’s eagerly anticipating recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden’s …

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  • Assault weapons ban is a red herring

    The philosophy behind the quackery known as homeopathic medicine is that “like cures like.” As in: have a burn, apply a hot compress. This widely-panned pseudoscience (oh man, am I going to get letters) in its 300 years of existence has a history of being …

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  • Stop saying ‘I support the troops,’ out of respect for the troops

    I don’t support the troops, America, and neither do you. I’m tired of the ruse we are playing on these brave citizens in our armed forces. And guess what? A lot of these soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines see right through the emptiness …

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  • New year, new hair?

    I’m not much on New Year’s resolutions but am always hopeful at the start of one and the promise that the good will outweigh the bad. That’s not to say I don’t think about, even if it’s quietly, the way I’d like to see the …

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  • Fouke Monster grabbed headlines in 1971

    Reports of a strange creature roaming the swamps of extreme southwest Arkansas date back to the 1940s. However, those sightings never gained national attention like the story reported by the Bobby Ford family of near Fouke in May 1971. The Fords were in the process …

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  • Let the renovations begin!

    All my complaining about buying a fixer-upper house was totally in vain. I began renovations last weekend and it was actually fun. I began in the living room since it’s the most used room and the one seen by guests. I was really dreading pulling …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Loving care Dear editor: I’m not sure that all Batesville is aware of the wonderful, caring people that are working at our nursing homes and our hospitals here. Our daughter, Linda, has been a resident of Wood-Lawn Nursing Home for almost two years. She has …

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  • ‘Fiscal Cliff’: Waiting for the sequel

    The latest horror movie from Washington — “The Fiscal Cliff” — finally came to an exciting end in the early hours of 2013. But after two years did its climax — more taxes, more spending and more chicken-livered can-kicking by our politicians — really shock …

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