• America the Mostly Beautiful

    Note: In the fall of 2010, as part of a book project, ex-newspaperman Bill Steigerwald retraced the route John Steinbeck took in 1960 and turned into his classic “Travels With Charley.” Steigerwald drove 11,276 miles in 43 days from Long Island to the top of …

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  • Frightful weather doesn’t stop news

    It’s days when a blizzard comes to town that I miss being in school. Students, however, had it lucky last week since being off for Christmas vacation but even if they had not been out, schools would have closed and called it a snow day. …

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  • First postmaster at Evening Shade

    As stated in this 1991 drawing, one of the legends surrounding the naming of Evening Shade involved Native Americans, who reportedly carried their corn from Norfork to Thompson’s Mill for grinding. While it may be true that Indians visited Capt. William Thompson’s mill, apparently they …

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  • It’s time for some language resolutions

    Here’s hoping there’s no new black in 2013. Gray worked as the new black for a while. And, sure, November’s big Latino vote meant brown was the new black, but, really, making anything else the new black in the New Year would be, you know, …

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  • A lesson in fine dining

    It was a great Christmas this year for me. I was able to spend it with both my daughters. My oldest, Shay, lives in Florida and it’s been a couple of years since we could all be together at Christmastime. My boyfriend, Bryan, I and …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Dear editor: The murder of 20 innocent children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the shedding of innocent blood by other murderers should not be tolerated by any civilized society. History proves men and their governments have a poor …

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  • Celebrity resolutions

    Paris Hilton: I’m going to do much more for others in 2013. To begin, I’ll help feed the hungry by planting a lot more crops in FarmVille. Justin Bieber:  I intend to keep a lower public profile in the New Year. At least, after my …

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  • The Best, Worst and Most of 2012

    Here’s my annual list looking at 2012:   Worst Political Primary Performance of the Year  Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s run for president. It wasn’t just his lackluster performance, forgetting his own program during a debate, or that video suggesting he had either an attack of …

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  • School condom dispensers: Do they pass the test?

    According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, over the holiday break the one-third of Philly high schools with the worst record for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were outfitted with clear plastic dispensers full of free condoms. This pilot program is touted as a pragmatic response to an …

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  • 2013 ‘Precap’

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot? How ‘bout the presidential campaign, the 112th Congress and Newsweek magazine? Journalists usually favor year-end recaps of news but as a public service I’m going to focus instead on the glorious months ahead, in this handy precap of 2013: JAN. …

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  • Legislator impresses reporters

    Let me say I am totally impressed with one state senator, and my co-worker Andrea Bruner totally agrees. We recently spent the better part of the day in Little Rock waiting to hear an appeal on a case that the Arkansas State Claims Commission had …

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  • Our Christmas joy

    I finally did it this year — I put my foot down and told everyone we were not traveling on Christmas Day. After 38 Christmases of spending more time in a car than with loved ones, dragging in at a late hour and getting up …

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