• 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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  • Amnesty is not the answer

    “No amnesty!” Good luck with that. “Secure the border!” Yeah, that, too. Why not? Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas describes the problem with unenforced illegal immigration laws to Politico’s Ginger Gibson: “The crush of illegals have bankrupted local governments, shut down hospitals, overwhelmed schools and …

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  • Rusty gets a new home

    My daughter’s dog Rusty got himself some new digs. His brand-new home arrived and I think it’s nicer than ours. It’s amazing what products are made for dogs and if my daughter Alexas had her way, Rusty would have every one of them. After we …

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  • Smoking penalties? What about other Obamacare surprises?

    According to The Associated Press, many smokers were caught off guard by an obscure provision in The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”) allowing health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. Regardless of how you …

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  • This budget tale would make Stalin proud

    Whenever a Texas Republican makes the national news for saying that “ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns”, for alerting Anderson Cooper to the danger posed by “terror babies,” or for shooting a coyote while jogging, friends from the boring states ask me, “How can you …

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  • Memories of ‘The Railway Children’

    During the 1970s my wife Wanda and I looked forward to watching the movie “The Railway Children” which was always aired on network TV at least two or three times before Christmas each year. Seeing the movie as many times as we could leading up …

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  • Moose and dogs

    We have a moose that has decided to make a free lunch out of our haystack. He wanders his way in and munches on the feed I bought for my horse. He makes me mad and I wish he could just wander his way right …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Inspired by Sendler Dear editor: Thanks, Andrea. I don’t always read every article in the paper. I scan. I am so thankful I read Andrea Bruner’s article about Irene Sendler. It left me in tears … tears of inspiration. What a powerful life she lived. …

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  • That doll is the devil, not child’s play

    It’s been almost 25 years since the original “Child’s Play” movie came out, but Chucky is alive and well — and staying at my grandmother’s house. Over the weekend, Gary, Kaylee and I went to visit my grandmother, who turned 87 a week ago today. …

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  • Drug testing is not answer to unemployment

    I usually try to stay away from peeing contests, but I just couldn’t let this one slide. When Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, a Republican from Little Rock, filed a bill wanting all new applicants for unemployment benefits to undergo a drug test all I could think …

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