• 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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  • Good parenting doesn’t include ‘Twilight’

    I can hardly believe it myself as I type the words, but this past weekend BOTH my daughters were in a … *gasp* PAGEANT. Now I know there are huge numbers of moms out there who think this is the greatest thing ever. They talk …

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  • Tips for vacation savings

    As school lets out for the summer, vacations are on many families’ minds. A Credit Counseling of Arkansas (CCOA) website poll showed that 84 percent of families haven’t had a vacation in the past year. Many can’t afford to take one unless they pinch their …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Pride in Westside Dear editor: Congratulations and a big “thank you” to the owner of the property at Chestnut and Bayou streets! Your property looks fabulous now. I hope you will be able to develop it into something that will benefit you and the city …

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  • A zero TV household

    Besides aliens with eyes in the back of their heads, a possible interracial baby mix-up at the maternity ward and “Bet he’ll laugh if I say ‘shoehorn,’” one of my most indelible memories of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” has proven strangely prophetic. Van Dyke’s …

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  • Worry about your own hog farm, please

    Editorial from Harrison Daily Times A colorful poster in the window of a business on Spring Street in Eureka Springs asks passers-by: “Do you want hog factory waste in our beautiful Buffalo National River?” The city of Fayetteville recently staged a protest in Eureka Springs against …

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  • Indecent exposure, or is it? Gender identity’s slippery slope

    Your 9-year-old daughter runs out of a public swimming pool shower, crying because a 45-year-old naked man is lounging in the sauna, “full monty.” You call the police. The police arrest you for violating the man’s rights and send both you and your daughter to …

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  • Already bored with ‘news’ about Jason Collins

    Is anyone else tired of hearing about NBA player Jason Collins’ being gay? When the news broke that he is gay, I think the world kind of said, “OK,” then went about their normal day-to-day business. Or at least we tried. The national media keep …

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