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MIKE MASTERSON: Pass the salt

Confusing contradictions

Subscriber onlySunday I wrote about an Associated Press story which said readers and media members surveyed are equally unhappy with lost media credibility. Unfortunately, the loss of credibility and trust is not limited to the media. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Lost faith, trust

Media surveys

Subscriber onlyAn Associated Press story the other day reported on a pair of surveys which showed most journalists want the same thing the public desires from them--factual news stories reported with context and minus the spin and thinly veiled political agendas. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: How deep and wide?

Subscriber onlyThe unholy relationship between some lobbyists and lawmakers to betray the trusting taxpayers was never more apparent than the recent plea bargain struck by lobbyist Milton Cranford, affectionately known to recipients of his largesse as “Rusty.” Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Lessons from life

For my grandkids

Subscriber onlyNote to readers: The original message to my three grandchildren was initially published in 2007. The content has been updated. Continue reading...

Best summer ever

Encountering Kanakuk

Subscriber onlyWild cheering resounded through the trees for a half-mile, swelling into a roar as we strolled the downhill path toward welcoming ceremonies at 92-year-old Kamp Kanakuk on the outskirts of Branson. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Bigger not better

Subscriber onlySomeone asked the other day which is the favorite among places I’ve been fortunate enough to live and work in over a lengthy career. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Mystery lingers

About that $80,000

Subscriber onlyThe mysterious $80,000 gift, or loan, or whatever characterization best fits the 2014 wire transfer from nursing home mogul David Norsworthy to former state Sen. Jake Files soon will be the focus of a special prosecutor's inquiry requested last week by Sebastian County Prosecutor Dan Shue. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Own your actions

Vanishing work ethic

Subscriber onlyI was visiting with Jack Hardcastle from Harrison the other day about our nation's once cherished work ethic. It wasn't that long ago when a person with a strong work ethic was respected, even admired in society. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Our need for sleep

Subscriber onlyI’d have thought scientists and doctors by 2018 would have awakened to the mysteries behind our need for sleep and dreaming. Dream on, Mike. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Pull over, buddy

Speed-trap state

Subscriber onlyFollowing recent columns on how Parkin police for years have been ticketing steady streams of motorists along U.S. 64, others responded with accounts of their own. Continue reading...

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