• Love thy neighbor? Many of us don’t even know them or care about them

    Many years ago I heard a man on a radio show say that America went downhill when people began building decks on the backs of their homes. He went on to explain that front porches were where neighbors got to know each other over a …

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  • America’s bucket list

    Over the summer I’ve perused three or four books about bucket lists (those collections of tasks, large and small, that one dreams of completing before “kicking the bucket”) and my reading dovetails nicely with the perceived state of the nation. Someone is always predicting that …

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  • Remembering Buster Scott, who was more than feet

    Buster Scott had big feet, and he took advantage of them. He not only could run fast and swim exceptionally well but also let his feet, because of their exceptional size, earn his living for quite a number of years. Other than his feet, Scott …

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  • Lee Harvey Oswald and Jesus

    I have a question for the readers out there and it’s really quite simple: Do you read? Or maybe I should be asking CAN you read? You may be wondering why this question has come up so I’ll share this little story with you. Over …

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  • Teens’ heinous crimes raise questions about welfare benefits

    On one of FOX’s top rated cable shows, “The Five,” Dana Perino opined teenage criminals like those most recently making headlines for murdering others for “fun” might be deterred by threatening to take away government benefits from their immediate families. Take the three teens in …

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  • Victory was short-lived

    One hundred fifty years ago, Confederate and Union armies clashed for the first time in battle since the Confederate atempt to retake Helena. Following Gen.Pemberton’s surrender to General Grant at Vicksburg, the tide of war turned in favor of the Union, releasing tens of thousands …

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  • Boomers, beware when caring for dying parents

    A legal ruling emerging last week from a storefront courtroom in rural Pottsville, Penn., could impact tens of millions of baby boomers nationwide caring for their aging and dying parents. This relatively obscure court’s decision could chill good end-of-life medical care and diminish legal options …

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  • Guard ends streaming at football games

    It’s football time again and the Batesville Daily Guard is excited about this year’s Batesville Pioneers. For the past several years the Guard has been doing live coverage of these events. That will no longer continue. It’s something we have enjoyed doing and has been …

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  • Affleck, Cyrus blowing up news feeds on social media

    What’s worse — the news that Ben Affleck will be playing the next Batman, or Miley Cyrus’ performance on the MTV Video Music Awards? For many of my friends, it seems Ben “Daredevil” Affleck couldn’t be a worse choice. They’d almost rather see Adam Sandler …

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  • MLK and the Declaration of Independence

    Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at that great rally is rightly honored as one of the greatest speeches in American history. All Americans recognize the soaring rhetoric of the final portion of the …

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  • Being TV-less is like missing an old friend

    For more than six months I’ve been without TV. Without live news. Without commercials. Without knowing the latest movie to hit the big screen, and I’m lost just like that TV show with the same name. Via the Internet I’ve been able to catch some …

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  • State’s first manufacturers were salt, grist mills

    The simple but important acts of processing salt and grinding corm into meal are classified as Arkansas’ first manufacturing jobs. When explorers William Dunbar and George Hunter followed the Ouachita River and tested the “hot springs” in 1804, they examined a salt pit along the …

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