• 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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  • Make it fun!: Feeding the squeamish

    One of my adult relatives who shall remain nameless has SES (Squeamish Eater Syndrome). I love her in spite of her affliction. As a mother, I’m familiar with squeamish eaters. Out of my three kids, only one was a real squeamer, Joanna. The list of …

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  • Welcome to ‘The End of the Road’

    The folksy voice has become familiar over the years and I sometimes wondered where Motel 6 found its spokesman, Tom Bodett. But I had never thought about the rest of Bodett’s life until I found a book, “The End of the Road (The story of …

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  • We the public are paying for inmate luxuries

    A few days ago I watched a news story on a local station that stated out of the 75 county jails in Arkansas, all of them agree their biggest cost is health care for inmates. Just the Pulaski County Detention Center, which currently houses 1,000 …

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  • Sales tax holiday is coming; take the chance

    If you’re in the position to get back-to-school shopping done — or even if you just need some stuff — this weekend could save you some money. The state Legislature approved Act 757 of 2011, which created the “sales tax holiday.” It was intended to …

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  • 7 rows of 7 stars

    That’s it. Over. Finished. Done with Florida. Consider our long-distance love affair officially at an end. This is not just about the recent verdict by six Sunshine Staters sanctioning the death of a young man for possessing Skittles out of season, or for inventing the …

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  • Nothing is quite what it seems

    I was taking my two littlest girls to a check up following their tonsil surgery. I promised them that I would also take them out to eat. I asked them where they wanted to go and they, of course, chose the place with the best …

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  • Could go for more fun in the sun

    A little fun in the sun is just what the doctor ordered. My dad is apparently a glutton for punishment — why else would he agree to a trip to Florida with all three of his kids and their families? He and my stepmom went …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Racism in America Dear Editor: I must say that I did not follow the Trayvon Martin trial very closely. I don’t claim to know all the facts involved and, also, admit that I haven’t followed all of the aftermath either. What little I do know, …

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  • Writer supports resisting, eventually abolishing prisons

    In California, prisoners are fighting back against appalling human rights violations. Their hunger strike is into its third week, with nearly 1,000 inmates still participating. When the strike began, 30,000 prisoners refused meals. The prisoners are striking against long term solitary confinement, a punishment recognized …

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  • Beauty in the breaking – A longing to feel

    I have no personal connection to the photo I’ve had as my wallpaper on my work computer’s desktop for a little over two weeks. I don’t know the subject. I don’t know the photographer. I only know its background from what I’ve read. All I …

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