• 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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  • 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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