• Why can’t every day be like Easter?

    Although it usually gets overshadowed by “Blue Christmas” in yuletide radio rotation, I still enjoy the Elvis Presley version of “Why Can’t Every Day Be Like Christmas?” Fans of the scripture found in John 3:16 might well ask “Why Can’t Every Day Be Like Easter?” …

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  • Parenting licenses should be required

    It’s funny how something small and seemingly insignificant can set you off sometimes. I was loading groceries into my car last week when I heard a couple screaming at each other. They were standing next to their car and arguing over who would deal with …

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  • The hope of Heaven

    In response to recently being diagnosed with a rare and terminal type of brain cancer, sitcom star Valerie Harper declared, “we are all terminal.” In a cover story for People magazine and an interview on CNN, Harper, 73, stressed that she is determined to live …

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  • I miss Nick

    Dear Former Sen. Nick Wilson: I miss you. I miss political corruption. I miss the Good Old Boys. It’s mind-boggling for sure to even think it, say it or put it in print, but these days there are much scarier things afoot than political corruption …

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  • Mysterious, amazing: The hippo

    Over the years, mystery has surrounded the hippopotamus. Known for its gapping jaw, massive size, and aggressive nature, even the animal’s name led to some confusion. We now know it has a Greek origin meaning “river horse,” and not “Rush Limbaugh” as some liberal commentators …

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  • Sunshine Week unexpectedly dark this year

    Thank goodness the legislators from western Arkansas and across the state let us know they support Arkansas’ vanguard Freedom of Information Act. Routinely, they begin conversations saying, “I support the Freedom of Information Act.” If a “but” follows that opening clause, well, at least we …

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  • Farm fresh (and highly regulated) milk

    Last Friday, the state House Agriculture Committee voted against a proposal to allow Arkansas dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized milk. I can remember some 30 years ago when my family first got into 4-H, there were dozens of dairy farms in this county. Today, there …

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  • Priorities show weapons more important than schools

    Thinking and reading about last week’s closing of 23 public schools by the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, I’ve concluded the closings are necessary, though insufficient to address the fiscal crisis of the school district. Other school districts, including some of the nation’s largest like Chicago, …

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  • ‘Hello, this is Lacy’: Some dreams do come true

    What kid dreams of a job where she can answer telephones using a “phone voice” and thinks having her own stapler and tape dispenser on her very own desk along with paperwork to keep up with would be the cat’s meow? Twenty-some-odd years ago this …

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  • Henry Starr: One bank too many

    Henry Starr never became famous like his counterparts Jesse and Frank James or the Dalton boys, but he claimed to have robbed more banks than both gangs combined. Starr was born in 1873 in Indian Territory (Oklahoma), the son of George and Mary Starr and …

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  • Out of the mouths of babes

    Of all of the assignments I’ve been asked to do at my church, my favorite has always been in the nursery. The children range from 18 months to nearly 4 years old. They are so cute, and they think I’m wonderful, unlike some adults who …

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  • Ugly yards wanted

    While browsing though the Guard on Wednesday, I happened to notice in the House to House ad that the DIY Network show, “Desperate Landscapes” is looking for yards in need of a makeover. Licensed contractor and show host Jason Cameron is looking for some pretty …

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