• Virtual Wall is tribute to those lost in Vietnam

    My grandfather recently sent me an email containing a link to a virtual (online) Vietnam Wall that allows viewers to find the names of Americans who died in the war. The site is www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm. The Arkansas page has approximately 600 names. When you click on …

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  • The higher our tech, the ruder we get

    Get this: Social media are making us ruder. According to Reuters, social media users face “an increase in rudeness online with people having no qualms about being less polite virtually than in person.” I think our rudeness began with the introduction of another technological innovation: …

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  • New pet makes for ‘blue’ environment

    Things have turned a little blue at my house the last few weeks and I hope it’s something Luke and I can handle. We recently became “parents” to a royal blue Beta fish that we proudly call Suede. (Get it, “blue suede?”) He’s male and …

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  • Happy Hollow drew tourists

    McLeod’s Amusement Park in Hot Springs was better known as Happy Hollow for about 50 years. It was started as a photographer’s stand by Norman McLeod in 1888, but soon grew into a fun park for tourists. Located just off busy Central Avenue, near the …

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  • Lorie and Paul: A real love story

    Since my sister Lorie’s death last August her husband, Paul, has been lost without her and has been spending a lot of time with our family. Since Lorie is Paul’s favorite subject, I have really learned a lot about my sister as a wife and …

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  • The absurdity of ‘universal’ background checks

    Those who favor “universal” background checks on gun buyers make some ridiculous arguments. For example, opponents correctly point out that gun buyers with criminal intent will always find channels that require no background check. Gunrunning is among the oldest professions, and the black market will …

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  • Why Mike Rice had to go

    Retired professional basketball coach and former basketball player Phil Jackson once said: “Not only is there more to life than basketball, there’s a lot more to basketball than basketball.” Someone should have told that to Mike Rice, Rutgers’s retired-by-being-fired former basketball coach. Rice was fired …

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  • U.S. has its own Nazca-style geoglyphs

    No one knows why ancient peoples created giant human and animal figures on wide expanses of deserts or plateaus, especially since only portions of them can be seen from ground level. In fact, they are hardly noticeable and people on foot in the past may …

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  • Something wicked this way comes

    I think my resolution for this year should have been to quit watching the news. Seriously, every time I think I’ve heard it all, something new comes to light that makes me lose even more faith in humanity. Last week it was the woman trying …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Social Security benefit should not be cut I received a letter from my old friend Sen. Tom Harkin, in this letter he wrote of the urgent need to protect our Social Security, he wrote: On Friday, President Obama’s budget proposal will include cuts to Social …

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  • Play ball — 2013

    Forget the robin. Ignore the tulips. Do not let the Easter Bunny, hummingbirds or awakening bears hoodwink you. The first baseball thrown in anger is the true harbinger of spring and calendar alarm for the lazy discard of the heavy encumbrances of winter. Ditch the …

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  • Well done, Lady Thatcher – The passing of the Iron Lady

    Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest leaders of the Cold War, of the 20th century, and of British history, has died at the age of 87. I’ve referred to her as one of my Cold War seven: Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech …

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