• Some corrections on Jamestown and the ‘James boys’

    Jamestown was originally known as James’ Town due to the land speculation and resulting developing town by Daniel James. Other family members also delved into land speculation across Arkansas. I was thrilled to get the responses from people across the area in regards to what …

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  • New colony meant Indians would give up fish trap at Watertown

    When the English arrived in New England (my fellow researcher Myron Paine calls them “the invaders”) they found many structures there and it was still called Norumbega (Northman’s Land) at the time. These colonists were the people who had journeyed over the sea on the …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: I live in Batesville, but I’m not in favor of city council’s using force to get their way. Batesville city leaders remind me of Russia’s Putin by trying to force Southside to annex. Most of Southside residents aren’t allowed to vote and express …

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  • Want fries with that?

    Recently a nationwide protest took place against low wages in the American fast-food industry. It culminated in hundreds of arrests, including 10 in Little Rock, as activists stepped up their campaign, demanding higher pay and better benefits for workers at companies including McDonald’s, Burger King …

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  • 50th anniversary of the TV ad that changed politics

    Happy anniversary, Daisy girl! What would politics be like today if she hadn’t burst upon the scene 50 years ago — a freckled tyke blown up in a nuclear blast, the star of America’s first gut-punch TV ad? If the “Daisy ad” hadn’t smeared Barry …

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  • Strong women

    I am constantly finding myself in the company of people from all walks of life. They all have different stories and all show incredible strength. Here are a few of my favorites: Jo Canada: Miss Jo landed in my life during one of the worst …

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  • Farm fresh

    Two cars pull up side-by-side in the back of an empty movie theater parking lot. The cars faced opposite directions, so the driver side windows are parallel. After a brief conversation between the drivers, money exchanges hands for a couple of plastic bags. The contents …

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  • Toltec Mounds are a mystery

    It is a story that stretches back more than 1,200 years in Arkansas, and it started with a letter. In 1876, Mary Eliza Knapp wrote to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., to report a curious find on her property near Scott in Lonoke County, …

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  • Change is the only constant

    Let’s face it — change is hard. We get up each morning and immediately start making decisions throughout the day; some are easy while others, not so much. Do I fix oatmeal or eggs for breakfast? Do I wear the pink shirt and black pants, …

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  • Biggest difference between success and mediocrity for teachers, leaders

    Do you remember your most horrible teacher? What about your worst boss? You can probably still hear their words in your head. I have vivid memories of my sixth-grade teacher, whom I shall not name, peering over her glasses at me, rolling her eyes, and …

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  • The vindication of President Nixon

    Forty years ago many Americans celebrated the demise of the imperial presidency with the resignation of Richard Nixon. Today, it is clear they celebrated too soon. Nixon’s view of presidential powers, summed up in his infamous statement that, “when the president does it that means …

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  • Memphis halts Beale Street fee

    What might be bad for business could be dangerous for visitors, especially those who go walking after midnight. The city of Memphis recently thought it was a good idea to institute a $10 “security fee” to people who visit Beale Street during peak times as …

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