• Gun control won’t prevent tragedy

    It’s not tougher gun control, stupid. No matter how much tougher we make our gun laws we’ll never prevent future tragedies like last week’s murder of those innocents in Newtown, Conn. We won’t stop future Newtowns if we outlaw every military-style assault weapon in America. …

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  • Whoever is responsible, it’s not the guns

    Who should be watching for the people who would do such tragic, horrible things as senselessly slaughter young children in their classrooms, such as happened last week in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.? In that particular case, it appears it was the shooter’s first …

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  • Sacrifices to the gun worshippers

    Journalists often exaggerate by using the phrase “shattered lives.” But when it comes to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, it isn’t an exaggeration. What parent in their worst dreams could EVER think that when they kissed their little child goodbye in the morning, two …

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  • Abortion doesn’t unrape you

    After two GOP Senate candidates saw their campaigns implode following their controversial comments about abortion and rape, some Republicans have encouraged their party to de-emphasize abortion. But anti-abortion leaders disagree. Faced with polls saying eight in 10 Americans think abortion should be legal when a …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Dear Editor: The horror of last Friday’s events in Connecticut reminded me of the horror I experienced when my youngest child, who had just turned 5, was hit by a car.  I remember my heart felt as if someone had grabbed it with both hands …

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  • Giving away Christmas

    I was working on a humorous Christmas story when the news came about the massacre of 20 children in Connecticut, along with the deaths of many adults that gave their lives to protect the children in their care. My two youngest daughters are about the …

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  • Secular Humanists bid all a ‘Merry un-Christmas’

    That “most wonderful time of the year” has arrived, and with it, most predictably, another round of attacks (yawn) by Secular Humanists doing their best to destroy the season by removing the Christ child from the creche. Yes, these are the same people who think …

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  • Scooby gets his ‘forever home’

    Scooby found a home! I’m so excited, I’ll repeat it: Scooby found a home! Scooby was the little hound mix from the Humane Society of Independence County that went all the way to Los Angeles and got to hang with the world-renowned “Dog Whisperer” Cesar …

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  • The holidays have changed

    It was “Christmas in July” for me when I was about 14 years old and accompanied my mother to the local Thrift Shop. Amongst the other antiques and second-hand treasures, I discovered a stack of yellowing Depression-era 12-page Sunday comics sections from the now-defunct Nashville …

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  • Arkansas lottery reaches $300M milestone

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas lottery scholarship program reached a milestone last week. It was announced that $300 million in college scholarships had been awarded since the lottery began three years ago. More than 90,000 Arkansas students have received an Academic Challenge scholarship in those …

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  • Is ‘Sesame Street’ getting too wordy?

    Ignoring a subject won’t necessarily make it go away but where do we draw the line at what is and at what age is proper discussion for our children? I admit when I saw the news headlines claiming “Sesame Street” was tackling the subject of …

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  • Holiday has changed since pioneer days

    By the mid-1800s, Christmas traditions in frontier Arkansas were modest and mostly religious celebrations. Only the wealthy decorated their homes and gift-giving consisted of small items that would be placed inside children’s stockings. Many changes occurred by the late 1800s, when the holidays took on …

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