• Ishi, last of his kind

    On Aug. 29, 1911, dogs began barking at a slaughterhouse two or three miles outside of Oroville, California, a town of some 3,800 people at the time. That’s about 70 miles northeast of Sacramento. The dogs barked so furiously that a few sleepy butchers came …

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  • Ask the brats to leave instead

    The latest story to have everyone up in arms all over news stations and social media is the little toddler who was asked to leave a KFC restaurant because apparently, the scars on her face were “bothering” other customers and making them uncomfortable. Wow. I …

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  • Hillary’s ‘dead broke’ definition differs from yours

    Wouldn’t you love to be “dead broke” the way Hillary Clinton was? With speech and job and book opportunities stacked up on life’s runway, poised to whisk her to solvency? Last week, in the ABC News interview that launched her pre — presidential campaign, she …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Debate on e-cigarettes Dear editor: Here comes the sound of anti-smokers talking about the harms of e-cigarettes, you know the ones that burn no tobacco, only heat up a solution containing nicotine. No harms are known either to the smoker or anyone close by but …

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  • Arkansas is down on the dumps

    Illegal dumps are not only unsightly; they can endanger humans and the environment. Years ago, it was common to find piles of household garbage, old furniture and appliances, yard waste, unused paint and automotive waste on unsupervised private or public property throughout Arkansas, especially in …

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  • Getting cynical when government runs health care

    No wonder I am so cynical about government health care. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the Department of Veterans Affairs is facing some care-delivery challenges. As it goes, according to the VA’s internal audit report released last week, more than …

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  • I’ll sleep when I’m dead

    I think Gary and I are still recuperating from Kaylee’s big birthday bash a couple weeks ago. I don’t know if she’s ever had as much fun as she did that whole weekend. We started things out Friday with spending the night at Pa and …

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  • Zombified

    You see them staggering down our streets, heads bowed as if in prayer, making the occasional grunting noise. Mindless drooling de-animated human husks walking blindly into fountains, crosswalks and lamp posts. Wake up people. We are in the middle of a science fiction movie here. …

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  • My evergreen column about the latest mass shooting

    My condolences go out to the families of the victims at fill-in-the-blank. I know the gun-manufacturing industrial complex has dubbed the wake of a tragedy as an inappropriate time to talk about their product. So let’s just eulogize the lives of the people lost to …

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  • Steamboat captured

    One hundred fifty years ago there was much military activity in south Arkansas. By mid June the Union army was still licking its wounds following the April 30, 1864 battle of Jenkins Ferry and was in need of replacing lost equipment and fallen soldiers. As …

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  • Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz: Just like Dad

    I may be too young to remember “Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” but I’m no stranger to its relief and this I do feel too young for. It seems I can’t eat anything anymore without it giving me indigestion and while that may be too much …

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  • Drowning in excuses over swimming lessons

    The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of swimming safety education, not by patting itself on the back, but by redoubling its efforts to make us more prepared for aquatic mishaps. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that accidental drowning …

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