• Trial nothing but soap opera

    In a better world we should never have been subjected to the Zimmerman trial. But politically motivated prosecutors in Florida turned a local tragedy into a race crime, and then the media turned a murder trial into a primetime soap opera. The trial accusing George …

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  • Big fears

    Humans are complicated. We have physical fears, like being afraid of fire ants or going bungee jumping. We may over exaggerate these fears, but they’re based on a semi logical understanding of risks. But then there are our emotional fears; this is where logic leaves …

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  • Pajama races were just reverse psychology

    Tricky, tricky Mom. As a kid I thought it was a fun game, but now that I’m older I know it was just a way for Mom to get me ready for bed without my realizing it. Like a bullet shot from a gun, I …

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  • The Crocketts in Arkansas

    It is generally known that Col. Davy Crockett traveled the Old Southwest Trail through Arkansas in the late autumn of 1835, on his way to Texas and a hero’s death at the fall of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. As word spread that the …

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  • Daughter re-entering the nest

    It’s been nearly eight years since my oldest daughter left home. Now 25 years old and after seeing the world, she has decided it’s time to come home. Shay joined the Navy right out of high school and after serving four years has been going …

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  • The window fans

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood.”    Even on the hottest nights of the summer, my father knew how to make our house ice cold. We lived in a modest …

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  • ‘Fear’ greatest threat to First Amendment freedoms

    At various times, every American likely has wished for less of some things that the First Amendment protects. Less hateful speech. One less noisy protest group. Or maybe even the swift departure of a media outlet or personality whose stance or voice is just grating …

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  • Independence County meteorite became famous

    One of the most studied meteorites in the world was found by two young guys and a boy about the last of June in 1884 on Joe Wright Mountain about six miles (some sources say seven) miles east of Batesville and about three miles southwest …

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  • Insanity no excuse

    Don’t you just love it when your satellite provider or your cable company decides to give you a free channel for a month or two? Usually it’s one of the movie channels like Showtime or HBO, and I’ve seen all the movies on them hundreds …

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  • TV on trial

    George Zimmerman’s trial seemed to raise as many questions as it answered, but one thing was proved convincingly: television in courtrooms can have damaging effects. The jury had barely been seated when observers wondered why defense attorney Don West opened with a tasteless knock-knock joke. …

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  • Miscarriage in Texas

    To understand why Texas’ new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend. It’s a sad story, and despite what Texas Republicans might claim, it has nothing to do with abortion. It does have to do with a woman’s wellbeing, …

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  • Arkansas editorial roundup – Who was watching the lottery security director?

    There is something quite breathtaking in the extent of the crimes to which the former deputy director of security for the Arkansas Lottery Commission pleaded guilty Friday. Remmele Mazyck, who held his position from July 2009 until November 2012, came west with Ernie Passailaigue when …

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