• Eat all the dessert you want and not gain weight

    Have you ever had a sugar plum? I haven’t either, but I wanted to know what one was, so I Googled, “what is a sugar plum?” and found out it’s actually dried plum in a hard candy shell; probably something like an M & M …

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  • Could I borrow a cup of chiggers?

    That may sound like a strange question but after you already have a whole hoard move in on you, what’s a few more? It is the time of year that many of us find them, or do they find us. I had a number of …

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  • News of the day keeps us tethered

    I am over my worry allotment for this month. It’s not without some good justifications. My mother, Tina, died suddenly at the age of 86 in April and just like that all of the older generation that I knew is gone. Feeling out of kilter …

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  • When the Japanese attacked Old Joe, Arkansas

    Editor’s note: Emmit Acklin read the following at the Twin Lakes Writers Club several years ago.   It must have been in late 1943 when my folks stopped one day at the Old Joe country store and Post Office operated by Winfred and Mary Benbrook. …

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  • It’s all too evident that racism is still alive and well

    Ever get behind a vehicle moving slower than you would like and find yourself reading its window and/or bumper stickers? Sometimes, that can be entertainment in itself — at least until you get a broken yellow line and can pass the slow poke (or maybe …

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  • Pervs, fiends and New York’s newspapers

    The creeps who edit New York’s Daily News and Post are expanding the boundaries of bad journalism, which, considering the source is quite a trick. That’s regrettable, because the city’s tabloids used to provide fun and relatively harmless reading. More worrisome: as journalism’s bottom feeders …

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  • Towns on White River evacuated ahead of Union’s approach

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Federal forces in Arkansas had their sights set on Little Rock. With a supply route extending from Helena, a Little Rock campaign was now conceivable and was seriously considered in early August 1863. Brigadier-General Davidson, who was placed in …

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  • Old Army base, Elvis results in new friend

    Glenda Wardrup only had the dollar bill a few days when she accidentally spent it at the movies that weekend to see Elvis Presley in “Love Me Tender” at the Malco Theater in downtown Fort Smith. “The admission was 25 cents and you could spend …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Trayvon, voter ID Dear editor: Things that bug me: 1. The George Zimmerman case. Why did Trayvon Martin not just go on home? No one had stopped him. But no, he came back to challenge a man who had a gun. He hit him and …

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  • Rolling stores were once common

    Until about 1960, it was not uncommon to see “grocery stores on wheels” traveling the gravel roads of Independence County and surrounding counties. They were bringing store goods to country folks who had no way to travel into town; or to housewives who liked the …

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  • Should we care if pigs are smarter than dogs?

    My son Gideon, age 9, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom “Green Acres,” which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters. So I couldn’t resist the recent Associated Press headline “Pigs Smart As Dogs? Activists Pose The Question.” The article is …

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  • How to help fast-food workers

    Doubling the minimum wage may seem like a good way to help fast-food workers, but it would hurt them instead. So what should we do? We must sweep away the government-created barriers to income earning, barriers that protect established businesses from competition and rob the …

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