• Star’s decision comes with responsibility

    A preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer has actress Angelina Jolie in the news and I can’t help but wonder when the flack’s going to hit the fan from those with an …

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  • Study finds college may not be worth it

    A recent study says going to college isn’t always worth it. I’m sure it’s the last thing recent college graduates want to hear. After all, they have just spent the last two years or more working hard to be able to better provide for themselves …

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  • Getting it wrong

    Scott Pelley of CBS News raised eyebrows and passions among journalists at a Quinnipiac University luncheon the other day when he said, “Our house is on fire.” He was talking about challenges to the news business from within, as reporters become careless in a rush …

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  • Our life is not really our own

    As Memorial Day rolls around, I am reminded of a story that I heard. Though the exactness of it I cannot confirm, I am assured its basis is quite factual, and it’s message definitely deserves to be retold. The story is of a man, Andrew, …

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  • Science fiction comes to life with plastic guns

    It’s right out of science fiction, but it’s not fiction — a plastic gun printed out on a 3-D printer was test-fired a few days ago in Texas, and it successfully fired real ammunition made for the more common steel weapons. This not only opens …

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  • Not asking for much; just trying to be ‘OK’

    Recently I read a news article that really disturbed me. OK, most news stories disturb me but on a scale of 1 to 10, this one rated pretty high. I know we read all the time about people scamming the welfare system. We watch news …

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  • J.R. Frazier – Paid Obituary

    J.R. Frazier, 78, of Floral died Monday, May 13, 2013, at White County Medical Center in Searcy. He was born April 6, 1935, in Almond, Arkansas, the son of Eathen Gerome Frazier and Vinnie Gurtrude Houston Frazier. He started his 40-year career with Lynn Lanier …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: When was the Charlie Howell house built? Some people claim 1913; others say 1917. This house is presently located at 520 Coe Lane, Batesville, Arkansas. The 1913 claimers base their decision primarily on the date 1913 written on a rafter or rafter support …

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  • Donald Trump: The rape apologist

    Donald Trump thinks it’s a no-brainer that so many American servicewomen are raped by their fellow soldiers. Last week, when the increase in these crimes was the subject of a Senate hearing, Trump tweeted: “26,000 unreported sexual assults (sic) in the military-only 238 convictions. What …

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  • Whirlpool in FS should purchase devalued homes

    When Norge Co. opened a refrigerator-manufacturing plant in Fort Smith in 1962, it arrived to great fanfare and support from the community. When Whirlpool bought the plant in 1966, community support continued. Over the years, the plant expanded and became a reliable employer of Fort …

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  • The sweetest Mother’s Day yet

    Gary and I had an enjoyable Mother’s Day weekend, to say the least. We took Kaylee to his cousin’s house (she’s a professional photographer) and got family pictures made, just in time for Kaylee’s first birthday party. Yes, she’s about to turn 1. It goes …

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  • 100 years enough for me

    Here’s one potential advance in science that has me worried: human beings may eventually live a really long time. According to the World Future Society, we are in the early phases of a superlongevity revolution. Thanks to advances nanotechnology and cell and gene manipulation, scientists …

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