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Cooking, cleaning and compliments

Thanksgiving is a time in my memory that takes me back to the days of splendidly set tables, endless rows of holiday delights and friends and family gathered with their heads bowed thanking God for his blessings upon our homes. I. . .

The weight loss center

Sam was tired of working his boring job and wanted to strike out and become an entrepreneur. He had a great idea for a business venture. He was going to start a fitness and weight loss center. He loved to work with people on...

State Capitol Week in Review

From the Arkansas State Senate The Arkansas House continued a long standing tradition to hold a House Caucus the Friday after the election. The freshmen members drew for seniority positions and then all members chose their seat...

Politics of them divide us

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has written a book, "Them: Why We Hate Each Other - And How To Heal." Sasse explores the many reasons we hate each other, and suggests three points we can do to heal our divisions. Sasse summarizes...

It's time to disrupt caregiving

By Liz O'Donnell November is National Family Caregiver's Month, a time to honor and recognize the people who care for aging and ill family members. Honor and recognition are important, but we can't stop there. Caregiving disrupts...

Boozman recognizes Yellville Vietnam veteran in 'Salute to Veterans'

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) recognized the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veteran Kenneth Ziemer in 'Salute to Veterans,' a series recognizing the military service of Arkansans. Ziemer now calls Yellville, Arkansas, home,...

Mitch McConnell: How to win without doing anything

The best summary of the 2018 mid-term elections came from National Review, that hotbed of Never Trumpism. David French wrote, "Republicans solidified their theoretical advantages in the [Senate]." "Theoretical" being the...

Class reunions: Tripping down memory lane

High school class reunions are funny things (in more ways than one). We spend 12 years trying our darndest to get out of school and, by extension, away from our classmates. Then, every decade or so, we migrate back together like. . .

State Capitol week in review

From the Arkansas State Senate When the Arkansas legislature convenes in regular session in January for the state's 92nd General Assembly, the 35-member Senate will have 26 Republicans and nine Democrats. That ratio did not...

American politics - and tragedy

So what's the final score? Who won the midterm elections on Tuesday night? The D team or the R team? Let's see. The Democrats and the progressive left have got Nancy Pelosi back as Speaker of the House for two years. Maxine. . .

No break from toxicity after midterms

It would sure be nice to take a break from the nonstop political news after Tuesday's midterm election, but I think most of us are pretty sure that's not going to happen. The day after, we're hearing spins from all of the. . .

Another election has come and gone. Now what?

That's over with. And not a moment too soon. It's usually at this point when I start reviewing what I've seen and heard over the past several months and try to make some sense of it, not unlike what a psychologist might do with a...

What if comic strip characters aged normally?

Did you realize that November 24 marks the 100th birthday of the venerable (and still-published) comic strip "Gasoline Alley"? Besides presenting wholesome depictions of small-town life, "Gasoline Alley" has reveled in the...

Blue wave meets red wall: Split decision for a divided nation

Charles Dickens wrote this about the French Revolution: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,...

Happy holidays!

As we kick off the holiday season, starting with Veterans Day through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, it's time to get ready for that tiresome ole battle of "Happy Holidays" versus "Merry Christmas." Let me make myself...

John Glenn: Ted Williams Batted 1.000 for America

This summer on a swing through Boston, I took the Fenway Park tour. Along the way, our guide pointed out the retired Red Sox numbers hanging over the grandstands: No. 1 Bobby Doerr, No. 6 Johnny Pesky, No. 8 Yaz and others that. . .

Reunited

Fourteen months after my mom left us on this earthly plane, she welcomed her husband of more than 20 years to Heaven on Friday night. He was 70 years old. Our stepfather Ron Hubbs was such a unique guy, that I know they broke the. . .

The doctor shortage includes Arkansas

Doc, I recently read that there is a physician shortage in this country, and that it is getting worse as the Baby Boomers are getting older. It sounds like it's much worse in rural places like Batesville. Why is this happening?...

Take off the gloves and put on the mitts

The election season is finally over once again, barring any post-count legal maneuverings by either side. It is now time for all candidates on every tier of government to take off the boxing gloves, shake hands and come out. . .

Veterans Day: Is it enough?

"What have you done for us lately?" I don't think the average American military veteran has the time or the temperament to spend 51 weeks a year asking such a question, but a reasonable person could hardly blame him if he...

Why Trump shouldn't mess with birthright citizenship

Whenever I talk about immigration matters, I try not to let people see that tattoo on my forehead, the one with the Statue of Liberty wrapped in a copy of the 14th Amendment. It's a conversation killer. But there's no avoiding. . .

Remember what the main things are

It's Election Day! And, the fussing and fighting will continue after Election Day! Politics never unifies, but always divides us. We were surprised this weekend when friends we haven't seen for the past 20 or 30 years (our...

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