• Whirlpool in FS should purchase devalued homes

    When Norge Co. opened a refrigerator-manufacturing plant in Fort Smith in 1962, it arrived to great fanfare and support from the community. When Whirlpool bought the plant in 1966, community support continued. Over the years, the plant expanded and became a reliable employer of Fort …

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  • The sweetest Mother’s Day yet

    Gary and I had an enjoyable Mother’s Day weekend, to say the least. We took Kaylee to his cousin’s house (she’s a professional photographer) and got family pictures made, just in time for Kaylee’s first birthday party. Yes, she’s about to turn 1. It goes …

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  • 100 years enough for me

    Here’s one potential advance in science that has me worried: human beings may eventually live a really long time. According to the World Future Society, we are in the early phases of a superlongevity revolution. Thanks to advances nanotechnology and cell and gene manipulation, scientists …

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  • Grow up, already

    This country needs an enema. I paraphrase, of course, from Jack Nicholson’s take on Gotham City in his turn at The Joker. But when it gets to the point where we ignore the true absurdities our kids are witnessing every day and freak out over …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: I would like to thank Larry Stroud for running the story abut me putting up the American flags in Cave City. I thank Arch Westmoreland for his kind words in the May 2 letter to the editor that was published. I would also …

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  • Some things shouldn’t become commonplace

    In a world tormented by hurt and fear, is the news of mass shootings, bombings, kidnappings becoming less shocking? Are we becoming less sensitive to the fact these things happen since it seems they happen more often? Are there more instances or is it just …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Dear editor: Has Frank Drye (the Batesville School Maintenance Director) lost control of his staff? How many smoke breaks do they get per day? It doesn’t matter where you look — behind Kroger, next to Ace Hardware, behind Town Plaza shopping center, or at any …

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  • Col. Cook led Arkansas troops

    When our nation declared war on Spain in April 1898, Arkansas was asked by the War Department to provide two regiments of trained National Guard soldiers to fight in Cuba. In fact, Arkansas had no well-organized guard units at the time. But, the call went …

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  • What my mom taught me

    When we were kids my mother handed out her own kind of cruel and unusable punishment — lectures. I never recall her ever spanking me — not once. My mother was a lecturer and to us kids, it was worse than a spanking. With five …

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  • Mary Woods No. 2: An opportunity for Batesville

    National Tourism Week, celebrated in downtown Batesville on May 10th, reminded me that Batesville does not have a major tourist attraction. Visitors to Batesville come to attend festivals or seasonal events: the Arkansas Scottish Festival at Lyon College, the White River Water Carnival, the Batesville …

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  • American Pravda, a nation of Benghazigate

    Louis Brandeis, who served on the United States Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939, once warned, “Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto …

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  • Moving Cleopatra’s Needles

    Cleopatra’s Needle is the popular name for each of three ancient Egyptian obelisks which were moved in the 1800s and re-erected in New York City, London and Paris. A fourth, a twin to the one in Paris, remains in its original site at Luxor and …

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