• 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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  • Press distorts facts

    The family George Zimmerman rescued from their burning SUV is refusing interviews for fear of their lives. A woman whose phone number is one digit different from that of the line Zimmerman used to call police is getting death threats. That phone number appeared repeatedly …

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  • ‘New Deal’ projects still around

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs helped pull America out of the Great Depression of the 1930s. And, the projects the young men built across Arkansas are still an important part of our historic landscape. The “Three-Cs Boys” lived …

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  • Self-entitlement? Go catch a fish

    Lao Tzu, the Chinese founder of Taoism during the 4th century B.C. is attributed with the famous quote, “If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day but if you TEACH a man to fish, you feed him for life.” I …

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  • Once a Weiner, always a Weiner

    The late-night comedians have not had this much material since Bill Clinton wagged his boney finger at the television cameras and declared, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” and then sent Hillary out to declare that the whole thing was …

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  • Take back your right of way

    Quite often I have to cross at the intersection of St. Louis and College (the four way stoplight in front of Kroger) and after two years I still don’t know who has the right of way. If I’m coming from the Kroger side and turning …

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  • Family had more than one famous writer

    Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the celebrated writer of the “Little House” series of children’s books, Laura Ingalls Wilder, was quite the writer herself and these days Lane’s books are overlooked. Perhaps that is about to change, as some of them are being republished and …

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  • Friend or foe?

    Maybe you were never told. Maybe you just forgot. But you probably don’t think about your car “spying” on you. According to the New York Times, there is a growing controversy over the fact that 96 percent of new vehicles sold in America (and 150 …

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  • In the beginning …

    My first real look at Horseshoe Bend was in a 1969 Camaro with someone I was totally smitten with at the time. I still recall standing on Turkey Mountain and looking at the beautiful golf course and picturesque homes below. The Camaro and father of …

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  • Detroit’s demise

    My family lived in Detroit from 1955 to 1956, during which time I attended second grade in a public elementary school. That was the first year my parents moved back to Michigan from Minnesota and North Dakota, where my father did his medical specialty training. …

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