• Oil spill questions need answers

    Editorial from the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper in  Conway:   We expect to hear of bizarre happenings in our county from time to time: shootings, traffic accidents, fires, even tragedies. But a ruptured pipe leaking oil into neighborhoods near a lake is not anything that …

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  • Easter at Grandma’s

    It doesn’t matter how old I get — the moment I walk into Viva Drive Church of Christ at Trumann, I’m transported back to my childhood. I spent many a Sunday morning and in the summer, a few Sunday and Wednesday nights as well, there …

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  • Can public business be ‘private’ conversation?

    The First Amendment protects our free speech from government control, punishment or interference — but when public officials speak freely through private e-mail accounts or mobile phones, are they free to ignore freedom of information laws? On one hand, they are paying from their own …

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  • Who are you letting into your head?

    Have you ever been infuriated by someone’s Facebook post? You’re not alone. One minute you’re mindlessly trolling pictures of your high school girlfriend’s nephew’s graduation, the next minute, someone’s political post makes your head spin. How could they possibly be so misinformed? Wrong question. The …

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  • Love is in the air

    Love, or so it sounds, has blossomed at the office. It’s not cute. It’s not sweet. It’s just annoying especially when you have to sit near it and can’t help but not ignore. I’ll admit their love-dovey ways have quietened over the last few days, …

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  • FDR’s fireside chat brings fame to Little Rock doctor

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke of him in a fireside chat, and Gary Cooper portrayed him in a movie. Had it not been for those two events, the heroics of Arkansas native Corydon M. Wassell might never have been known to the world. Cory Wassell …

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  • Kill cool-weather boredom by geocaching

    Spring can be couch potato time for a lot of people simply because they don’t have anything to do outdoors, especially if they don’t fish, jog, walk or work in the yard. This makes geocaching the perfect family cool weather sport, although I enjoy it …

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  • New ‘momma’ feeling the stress

    After losing her dog a couple of months ago, my daughter Alexas got a new little puppy, a pug/terrier mix. Right now his name is Sasha but it changes daily as Alexas has been unable to come up with a name she’s happy with. We …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Please take care of your pets Dear Editor, As an animal lover and a public health advocate, I want to stress the importance of getting your pets vaccinated for rabies. Rabies is a growing problem in Independence and the surrounding counties as well as the …

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  • April Fools

    The calendar says Monday is April 1, but lately it seems that foolishness occurs year-round. As one who devoted much of his life to the family business of pranking people, I’m often asked if folks are more difficult to trick today than six decades ago …

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  • Cover it up!

    A few months ago my 10-year-old was selling magazine subscriptions to help raise money for her Girl Scout troop. Now I’m a huge fan of Readers Digest and Redbook and my husband loves Men’s Health, so it wasn’t too hard to make selections for us. …

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  • Raising minimum wage will help businesses succeed

    The migration of women from the workforce into business ownership is one of the great economic realizations of the American Dream. The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce has grown to more than 500,000 members. Most of our members are small business owners. And we aren’t …

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