• The implosion of Bill Cosby

    The world is watching the career and reputation of comedian Bill Cosby disintegrate virtually overnight in a humiliating, seemingly-daily, public miniseries involving a flood of allegations, many decades old — but increasingly believable. Because there’s now a pattern. A reported 17 women have (so far) …

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  • Conversation about respect

    Do we really need more conversations about race in America? Mainstream media, politicians and activists have been fanning the flames of race since August when a police officer killed a man who had just strong-armed robbed a store and refused to get out of the …

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  • Shiny presents need not apply

    Many of us don’t know what it’s like to have it rough, myself included. Oh, we may think we do, but when I hear stories like this, it makes me realize I can handle what “trials” I think I have. Take 6-year-old Addie Fausett of …

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  • Thank secularists for Christmas

    According to thinkers like presidential candidate Rick Santorum, America is a Christian nation. Really? The Bible is pro-slavery and pro-monarch-two things Americans are (now at least) decidedly against. So how are we a Christian nation, exactly? “It’s because of the Pilgrims trek to the New …

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  • Wrong about right of way

    I was wrong and I am a big enough person to admit it. Because of me, drivers throughout Batesville have been taking a right of way that does not lawfully belong to them, according to Don McSpadden, 16th Judicial District Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. …

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  • Conspiracy roots tied to notable cases

    I try to steer clear of conspiracies, but last week I fell right into a Mel Gibson role after we landed near the location of what was once The Covenant, The Sword, and The Arm of the Lord. Come April, it will be 30 years …

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  • ‘Gone With The Wind’ turns 75

    Movie fans, remember a time when the only “F-word” was “fiddle-dee-dee”? That question comes to mind as I see Dec. 15 and the 75th anniversary of the world premiere of “Gone With The Wind” approaching. I have so many fond memories of November 1976 and …

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  • MSB responds to letters to editor

    To the Citizens of Independence County: The Main Street Batesville organization feels the need to respond to two recent letters to the editor regarding the funds the city provides to it. We are committed to being as transparent as possible on anything that we do …

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  • Benjamin Watson gets it right

    This week, I’m not writing my own opinion column. I’m not writing it because a young African-American man who plays the tight end position for the New Orleans Saints has put my thoughts into words and expressed it far better than I ever could accomplish. …

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  • Police should be on, not behind, cameras

    Police body cameras are all the rage lately. Al Sharpton wants them used to monitor the activities of cops. Ann Coulter wants them used to “shut down” Al Sharpton. The White House wants them because, well, they’re a way to look both “tough on police …

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  • Cozy up for the holidays

    Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to focus on Christmas. I’m sure many of you are like me when it comes to Christmastime. I love to cozy up to a warm fire with a cup of Constant Comment and watch Christmas movies. The scent …

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  • 1964 Razorbacks made comeback

    For the Arkansas Razorbacks, the 1963 season had been a disappointment, with the team ending with a 5-5 record. Afterward, Coach Frank Broyles and the team began plotting a comeback for next season, and the team promised — and delivered — what would be an …

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