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Appeal in FOIA lawsuit a waste of city's time, money

Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith The ongoing lawsuit regarding city directors who violated the Freedom of Information Act continues, despite relatively easy ways to end the entire mess: 1. Admit you messed up. 2. Agree not to...

Community support required to inspire future generations of Army leaders

By Lt. Col. John Garcia Special to the Guard OKLAHOMA CITY -- "Thank you for your service." As a U.S. Army soldier living in Oklahoma City I am grateful for these words, which I hear often when wearing my uniform in this...

The end is not the end

As a little girl, I never set out to work at a newspaper one day. Sure, I watched "Superman" and thought it was neat that Lois Lane was flying off in a company helicopter to cover stories around the globe, but I never thought to. . .

Thinking about the cost of defending America

War is an obscenity. Even when necessary, it is a waste of lives, of property and sometimes the principles of human decency far too many of us take for granted. We tend to think of things like this now, as we mark the 75th. . .

Help is on the way: Expansion builds on mental health infrastructure

In the medieval-style world portrayed in the HBO series "Game of Thrones," men dealt with the stresses of a violent, king-of-the-hill culture through the consumption of alcohol, visits to brothels or the plotting of ultimate...

Bipolar disorder

Doc, When I was in my twenties, I was hospitalized after I went through a phase of having highs and lows in my mood. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but it has been a struggle ever since, especially in terms of getting on...

Why are there no new shows like the Waltons?

I have often wondered what makes an enduring television show. One of my all-time favorite shows was "The Waltons." Growing up, that show reflected most closely the South of my parents and grandparents. I related to John and. . .

Naval gazing: Trump is still bedeviled by a dead man

The quintessential Ugly American arrived in England on Monday, where it didn't take long for him to hurl insults at London's mayor. But presumably his mood will be lightened by the absence of any American vessels bearing the name...

Transgender bathroom case nothing like school desegregation

I was recently watching a cartoon marathon of "The Flintstones" with some fourth-graders, and when the last line of the theme song blared from the TV, a 10-year-old girl looked up at me and said, "Were the Flintstones gay?" For a. . .

She remembers a time when abortion was illegal

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Jessica Marquez-Gates is old enough to remember an America before Roe v. Wade. It was an America where women "douched with caustic chemicals" and used coat hangers to end unwanted pregnancies. She remembers. . .

State agencies available to assist with disaster victims

Whether it is rebuilding a family home or planning for the loss of crops, our state will be recovering from these historic floods for months to come. The Federal Emergency Management Agency just recently announced that federal...

Meet the conservative Republican who's putting country over party

Justin Amash, a rare Republican congressman who refuses to genuflect at Donald Trump's feet, has been taking heat lately for daring to speak his mind. But bless his heart, he couldn't care less. On Sunday, Trump called him "a...

Students now guaranteed minimum 40 minutes of recess a day

LITTLE ROCK -- Elementary school students in Arkansas will get at least 40 minutes a day of recess under legislation approved earlier this year by the General Assembly. Act 641 of 2019 amends state law concerning the school day....

For Trump, there's always a new story

One thing you've got to give Trump is the Oval Office occupant knows his way around a misdirection. Every day the magnificent media magician manages to conjure up some wacky stunt, verbal flub or piece of shocking news designed...

Architect Edward Stone designed many iconic structures

Architecture has been called "the mirror of life." Buildings need careful design to stand the test of time and satisfy the need for which it was created. This takes imagination and a careful eye for detail. Arkansas native Edward...

Who can say this?

Asking questions is a very good way to coax your pupil into examining himself. The Lord, throughout His Holy Word, has asked some outstanding questions. He is the ultimate questioner and the best teacher one could ever have. He...

Late Sherwood WWII veteran recognized

WASHINGTON -- As we recognize Military Appreciation Month, U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) honored the service and sacrifice of the late Thurlow Fernandez, a World War II veteran who served in the European and Pacific Theaters,...

It's time for revival

It's time for revival. It's time believers ask God to send revival to America. The church around the world is flourishing in numbers as believers are imprisoned and persecuted to death for their faith in Christ. What are American...

Time to retire Social Security numbers

Like most people, I didn't think much about my Social Security number -- until I got a bizarre call from a total stranger. "Hello?" I answered suspiciously, because I saw "restricted" on my smartphone screen. "Hello, Tom." "Who. . .