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Out of obscurity

Haas Hall Academy

Subscriber onlyHow does a public high school go from opening with 17 students in 2004 to being ranked as the 60th best in the nation by 2017? Continue reading...

Science, not emotion

Subscriber onlyJohn Ikerd, an internationally respected respected University of Missouri professor emeritus of agricultural economics, has significant points to make about the realities of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). I call them corporate-supported meat factories such as the one that continues to generate intense controversy in our Buffalo National River watershed. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Let the water flow

Free Little Sugar

Subscriber onlyAfter months of contention and a lot of dollars spent by the city of Bentonville toward replacing the failed Lake Bella Vista dam, it now seems the legal part of this dispute has all but resolved itself. Continue reading...

Stimulating discovery

For what ails you

Subscriber onlyAs valued readers realize by now, whenever I experience something unusual I believe could help someone as much as it does me, I'm not shy about sharing it. So it is with today's message for those like me with ailing or arthritic backs, knees, hips or necks--you name the pain location, one of us likely is enjoying at least one. Continue reading...

Justice forever buried

Subscriber onlyA decade has passed since I spent four long years digging into the mountain of corruption that surrounded the 1989 killing of 16-year-old Janie Ward during a high school party at a cabin outside Marshall. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Governor’s response

The unimpressed

Subscriber onlyI was surprised to see Gov. Asa Hutchinson's response on the Voices page last week to my open letter in a column that ran last April (republished two weeks ago). I'd appealed to his role as the chief protector of our Buffalo National River to stop the inevitable contamination from hog waste continuously being spread by C&H Hog Farms on fields along Big Creek, a major tributary of the Buffalo. Continue reading...

Clint carries on

Gaston's tradition

Subscriber onlyTwo years after the passing of legendary Jim Gaston, his 27-year-old grandson has confidently stepped into some mighty large boots to carry on as president and owner of the nationally popular Gaston's White River Resort below Bull Shoals Dam. Continue reading...

Inverted totalitarianism

Subscriber onlyAfter reading my recent column (more like a tirade) on the dysfunction posing as governance in our nation's capital, a valued reader suggested the explanation lies in a 9-year-old book by Princeton political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, Democracy Inc.: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Buffalo on list

Rivers in danger

Subscriber onlyThe nightmare we've expected ever since our state wrongheadedly permitted C&H Hog Farms to set up shop in our fragile Buffalo National River watershed is becoming reality, my friends. Continue reading...

Our Buffalo

What permit?

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