• Oh dear, Doily

    Donetta’s column “Like mother, like daughter” in the Guard’s Friday edition got me to thinking just how much I’m becoming like my own mother. I’ve known it for a long time, but reading her story reminded me of my own situation as I work to …

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  • Like mother, like daughter

    Apparently my daughter’s worst nightmare has come true — she’s turning into her mother. I guess I should have been offended, but I had to laugh when Shay told me the other day on the phone that while flipping through the TV channels, she stopped …

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  • Pedophilia is the problem

    The bosses of the Boy Scouts of America surprised everyone this week by postponing their decision on whether to allow gay leaders and gay Scouts to join their ranks. If the BSA’s long-standing ban on gays is lifted by national officials in May, the choice …

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  • Information made my day

    “Go ahead, make my day” is one of the most recognizable movie lines ever. I was surprised Wednesday when I learned the line was written by the late Arkansas filmmaker Charles B. Pierce, who is credited with “story by” in the film “Sudden Impact.” Of …

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  • Seeing is deceiving

    President Obama has a long history as a smoker, yet he’s spoken aggressively against the habit on numerous occasions. Presumably, the White House would never seek to appease the powerful tobacco lobby by releasing a photo of the president sneaking a smoke during a break …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Not happy with response Dear Senator Pryor: Thank you for responding to my inquiry on your stance regarding potential legislation imposing more firearms laws and/or restrictions. Sir, I want to share with you my frustration with your response. Your email was completely non-committal, unhelpful, and …

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  • Say it ain’t Joe

    Maybe he’s just what America needs. Then again, maybe not. I speak of Vice President Joe Biden — who, according to Politico, is “intoxicated” by thoughts of being inaugurated as president in 2017. He’d be delighted to “finish what Barack Obama started.” Well, who better …

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  • Yes, Progressives, God made farmers

    What was it about the Dodge commercial, “God Made a Farmer,” that stirred the souls of so many Americans during the Super Bowl? Maybe it was the imagery of the dirt and grit of real America, not the white-washed concrete meccas many of us call …

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  • Poison people

    What is the Poison Person Costing You? Every organization has a poison person; some organizations have lots of poison people. They’re the people who suck the energy out of projects, complain about routine events and whine about the slightest inconvenience. For example, I once worked …

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  • 2013 Political Animal Awards

    Hey! You! Yes, you. Sorry. Just trying to get your attention to impart an important warning here. For the next couple weeks, it’s imperative all you good folks out there stay alert and keep your wits about you. Remove the earbuds, no texting while walking, …

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  • Thank you

    Expressing myself vocally has never been easy and oftentimes words are hard to find even on paper, but two little words that are far from being small deserve to be said. Thank you, Larry and Wanda Stroud for taking me in. Thank you, for giving …

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  • John Houston: Izard County’s first clerk

    John P. Houston (1793-1838) was born in Virginia, but started his adult life on a 400-acre farm in eastern Tennessee. As head of his siblings, Houston’s only problem was his brother, Sam, who refused to work on the farm or in the family-owned general store …

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