• Beware the infrastructure (clichés), my son

    A stitch in time saves nine. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can lead a horse to water, but if an outdated bridge collapses on it, the meat will wind up marketed by IKEA. These are truisms I hope to …

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  • Go ahead, steal this video

    Back in 1971 when the hippie revolution’s Pied Piper, Abbie Hoffman, authored “Steal This Book” he got the very outrage he sought. Thirty publishing houses rejected it and, when the book finally came out, more than a dozen newspapers refused to print ads to promote …

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  • 3-D printing to change the world

    For old geezers like me, it was kind of a surprise to learn just how much difference 3-D printing will soon make in our world. I had been keeping up somewhat on work to make an operable plastic firearm on a 3-D printer, without even …

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  • How to combat summer boredom

    The summer months are almost upon us and everyone knows what that means. We are in the final few days of school and soon parents across the state will be scrambling to find solutions to the ever-popular kid phrase “I’m bored.” I don’t know about …

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  • Attitudes are a matter of relative differences

    My wife has a relative we call “Aunt Trudy,” who is perhaps the most pessimistic person I have ever met. There is nothing she can’t find a problem with. To her, the weather is always too hot or too cold, life always has too many …

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  • Summer’s here — let’s get out!

    Summer, summer, summer! After a wet and cool spring, we are getting out and enjoying the warm weather. Gary and I restained our back deck a couple weeks ago (leaving us sore for a few days, of course), then spruced up the flower beds and …

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  • Tangled tango

    As part of the brash rash of wire-brush scouring on the Teflon coating that routinely seals the Obama presidency, a large heavy-duty cast-iron deal has been made of the IRS conducting audits on Tea Party-affiliated organizations. But scratch the surface and it makes a sort …

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  • Apple could pay for Moore

    Investigators say due to some creative Ireland-based tax gimmicks, Apple has managed to keep $75 billion away from the IRS’s reach just in the years 2009-2012. Even Sen. John McCain conceded, “Apple claims to be the largest U.S. corporate taxpayer, but by sheer size and …

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  • Old phones and glowing rings

    We don’t know much about her but her old phone says a lot. It was last week that Luke and I, while flea-marketing, found a Motorola Razr phone and couldn’t have been more thrilled. Luke, who has yet to convert to a smartphone, loves the …

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  • Churchill pushed medical laws

    Thomas James Churchill served only one term as governor of Arkansas (1881-83), but was able to pass legislation that made the state a much healthier place to live. Elected in late 1880, Churchill became governor after serving three terms as state treasurer. After passing legislation …

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  • Don’t let one bad apple spoil bunch

    Earlier this week a teacher and former children’s pastor was arrested for downloading child pornography. Whether he’s innocent or guilty, it is yet another stain on two respected positions in our community. I am not here to pass judgement — I leave that to a …

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  • Needed: Federal control of garage sales

    Having just helped my mother with her annual yard sale, I have come to a disturbing conclusion. As much as it pains me to say it, for the sake of buyers and sellers alike, the federal government needs to intervene in the yard/garage sale industries. …

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