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Mennonite blessings

Subscriber onlyMost of us probably envision those of the Mennonite and Amish faiths as private, hardworking, family-oriented, selfless and fully devoted to their congregational communities. What I've never associated with these kindly folks in ultra-conservative dress is a fully equipped and well-trained disaster search and rescue team. Continue reading...

Good soil or bad?

A dirty business

Subscriber onlyIf you haven't heard, there's some dirty business of sorts underway these days inside the Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville. Continue reading...

In bad faith

Sanctions coming

Subscriber onlyI read that an obviously displeased U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes will penalize 16 lawyers he's accused of unethically moving a class-action case from federal into state court to get a better settlement and avoid scrutiny. Continue reading...

Donald and Bernie

Subscriber onlyIt's been something to watch, don't you agree? A crass-talkin', TV-starin', nonpolitician multibillionaire and a 74-year-old avowed socialist and career politico each sweeping primary elections. Continue reading...

The Buffalo’s defenders

Letter to governor

Subscriber onlyResponses to my recent open letter to GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson asking him to become involved in stopping the potential contamination of the country's first national river continue pouring in from across Arkansas. Continue reading...

Big browns and bobcats

Return to Gaston’s

Subscriber onlyThe Rapala lure that closely resembled a river shiner plopped into a rapidly flowing White River near the shoreline. It was a robin's egg blue, warmish day in early April. Continue reading...

Firing friendly Frank

Subscriber onlyI'm finding it difficult to understand why Wal-Mart execs in West Plains, Mo., believed it was wise to fire their brain-damaged employee of 20 years who was known and loved for the sincere hugs of hope he routinely gave customers. Continue reading...

Open letter to the governor

That hog factory

Subscriber onlyDear Governor Hutchinson: Having known you and our gracious state's first lady Susan for years, you realize I wouldn't write this unless my heartfelt convictions were firmly behind these words. Continue reading...

Legal angling

A dam in court?

Subscriber onlyShould you mistakenly believe the enduring flap over whether to rebuild or destroy the leaky failing dam that restrains Little Sugar Creek to form Lake Bella Vista is over, I assure you it's only entering its jurisprudence phase. Continue reading...

Wages and work

Subscriber onlyWhile I'll agree a reasonable raise in the minimum wage can be justified for most hourly workers, I also realize those pushing for the enormous increase to $15 an hour (and succeeding in California) are in large measure cutting off their jobs to spite their demands. Continue reading...

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