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Vitamins and groundwater

Subscriber onlyDr. John Van Brahana, the widely respected professor emeritus and specialist in hydrology from the University of Arkansas, must be taking mega-vitamins. Continue reading...

A call for talent

To help Arkansas

Subscriber onlyI recently found myself across the table at historic Herman's in Fayetteville sharing lunch with Chamber of Commerce Director Steve Clark. Continue reading...

Eureka needs the deck

Subscriber onlyThe downtown parking problem in touristy Eureka Springs has been like a chronic fever blister that's caused pain in town every now and then for over 40 years. Continue reading...

Leaving memories

Subscriber onlyLives lived well Continue reading...

Don't fear MRAP

Subscriber onlyAn armored Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle that, if a dinosaur would be a cross between a wide-bodied Styracosaurus and a Bradysaurus, is now officially held and nurtured by the Benton County sheriff's office. Continue reading...

Third 'pitch' coming

Subscriber onlyLots of folks across the Ozarks are wondering just why it is, after more than a year of arguing the supposed need for its proposed mega-voltage transmission line, SWEPCO has asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission to suspend its final reconsideration on approval for another six months. Continue reading...

Surviving our gaps

Subscriber onlyWe each share the chaotic gaps in familiarity and security this uncertain world invariably brings us. Continue reading...

On expectations

Just makes sense

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: The original version of this column was published in April 2002. As one who came kicking and screaming into the middle of the War Baby generation, and the eldest of a career military officer, I was raised mostly on one Army base after another. Continue reading...

Town in hot water

Subscriber onlyHow can a community refuse to honor a contract to pay legitimate bills? Continue reading...

Irate in Eureka

Subscriber onlyElectrifying debate Continue reading...

Agency piling on

Mom v. government

Subscriber onlyAttorneys representing a female Conway entrepreneur have asked a U.S. District Court to declare invalid the U.S. Department of Labor's arbitrary decision to ban Rhea Lana Riner's consignor-volunteer method of operating her growing for-profit child clothing business. Continue reading...

Liars lose jobs--period

Subscriber onlyRobert Maynard and I clearly operate on the same frequency when it comes to politicians, public servants and candidates who have no problem stretching truth beyond recognition and spouting untruths to get what they want. Continue reading...

Not mincing words

Subscriber onlyA fairy tale Continue reading...

Simply shocking!

Alcohol at UA

Subscriber onlyIt's been difficult to get myself all excited about the University of Arkansas being granted a permit to peddle beer and wine in 13 indoor club areas of the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium beginning this fall. Continue reading...

Talking that Buffalo ban

Subscriber onlyIt was a well-attended session in Harrison the other night, proving yet again that our state's Department of Environmental Quality's (cough) stunningly bad decision in 2012 to permit a hog factory in our sacred Buffalo National River watershed continues to motivate plenty of public attention. Continue reading...

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