• Letters to the Editor

    Reader wants to keep Sharp dry Dear editor: Wet or dry? Sharp County is facing that decision next week. We need to know the facts and vote responsibly and informed. True, there will be additional revenue brought in to the county. But not what most …

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  • Gettings books via sample

    If you have a Nook, Kindle or other e-reader, you may already be familiar with downloading “samples” of books before you buy. It’s a feature I absolutely love, although with my OCD, I’d rather the samples were automatically downloaded into their own category for me …

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  • Message in a bottle: Romney’s presidency, two years in

    I write this missive in the year 2014 from my small, poorly ventilated office in the Shandong Province of China where my job and millions of others have been outsourced by President Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in Congress. Now that we are half …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    Last year Arkansas hunters harvested 192,748 deer, about a 4-percent increase over the previous season’s harvest of 186,165. The harvest of bucks went up from 82,973 to 85,284 and the harvest of does increased from 88,341 to 93,838. So far this season about 38,000 deer …

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  • Mall helps complete totally ’80s look

    With Halloween stores popping up every year in vacant buildings in cities like Jonesboro, Little Rock and Memphis, only to move out after the holiday’s over, it’s not hard for people to find what they’re looking for to become someone or something they’re not. Nowadays, …

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  • ‘Gospel’ transported future governor

    James Philip Eagle, born in Tennessee in 1837, was brought to Arkansas by his parents in 1839. He grew up near Lonoke and became a deputy sheriff in Prairie County just prior to the Civil War. He served in the Confederate Army, rising to the …

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  • Reporter falling down was not part of the show

    I was really looking forward to going to Variety Night last Saturday evening with Bryan and Alexas. I had never been and everyone said it was a lot of fun. It’s a fundraising event by John 3:16 Ministries. Although my co-worker Lacy Mitchell was covering …

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  • Snooze alarm for female biological clock?

    A recent story carried by The Associated Press is causing goose pimples among couples plagued by infertility. Scientists at Kyoto University in Japan have genetically reprogrammed skin cells from mice and changed them into eggs, leading to the successful production of baby mice. If the …

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  • Students should learn about stone spheres

    Why aren’t our public school students taught about mysteries of the ancient world? Such classes — one for upper elementary students, another for junior high and a more advanced one for senior high — could light the imagination of students who might choose to become …

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  • What about the homeless?

    As a biographer of Ronald Reagan, I’m constantly asked to compare today’s fiscal/economic situation to what Reagan faced in the 1980s. Today’s record debt/deficits remind of the 1980s, though today’s are far worse, with the deficit at least six times as high — and debt-to-GDP …

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  • Union general could smell battle brewing

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Federal Army was not sitting idly by while the Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi were in the midst of reorganizing. While Helena hosted the majority of the Federal army in Arkansas, one cannot forget the scattered Yankee forces across …

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  • Why I’m against exceptions for rape and incest

    Politicians hone the art of the non-answer. The stock-often flippant-thing they say when asked a direct question; their go-to platitudes. For example: “What would you do about the war in Afghanistan?” Answer: “Listen to the commanders on the ground.” Translation: I wouldn’t DO anything. Another …

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