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Cargill staying put

Root hog or die

Subscriber onlyCargill Inc., the multinational corporation responsible for placing the factory of up to 6,500 swine in the Buffalo National River watershed, has responded to sustained public outcries by saying it has no plans to abandon its grossly misplaced venture called C&H Hog Farms. Continue reading...

A lamentable situation

Subscriber onlyThe news of the day often delivers stories that sadden us. Continue reading...

The culture of death

Subscriber onlyWhat is heroic? Continue reading...

A taxing problem

Martin pays up

Subscriber onlyNow comes the saga of Secretary of State Mark Martin improperly claiming homestead-tax exemptions on two properties. Continue reading...

Honoring Brahana

Subscriber onlyIt's good to see the Arkansas Wildlife Federation rightfully honoring Dr. John Van Brahana at its annual Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards banquet tonight in Bryant. Continue reading...

All in opposition

Subscriber onlyAnyone who makes the mistake of believing Fayetteville Alderman Matthew Petty hasn't ignited a firestorm in that community with his misguided proposed ordinance to establish a commandant of anti-discriminatory behavior wasn't paying attention to the dozens of voices raised in unison that rallied on the town square and outside City Hall for three consecutive afternoons. Continue reading...

Abounding hunger

Subscriber onlyFood insecurity exists Continue reading...

Civil War passions

Subscriber onlyWatching veteran house painter Paul Guynn carefully slathering another layer on houses around Boone County, you'd never know he's spent 20 years amassing a museum-worthy display of Civil War artifacts inside his own rural home. Continue reading...

Tale of two letters

Subscriber onlyFor valued readers who mistakenly believe all public reactions to my columns about the state's unbelievable decision to permit a hog factory in the Buffalo National River watershed are roses and light, I invite you to meet the e-mailer named "Salty Dog." Continue reading...

Just a couple billion

Subscriber onlyIt's official, say the regional planners. Light rail from Greenland northward to Bentonville is possible (the crowd cheers!). Continue reading...

Petty's peculiar folly

Subscriber onlyRegular readers realize how opposed I am to the misguided "civil rights" ordinance proposed by Fayetteville alderman Matthew Petty for that city or any other in Arkansas. Continue reading...

Just drop the line

Subscriber onlyI'll tell ya, folks, this arguing to help protect and save the treasure God gave us with the majesty and natural waters of our Ozark Mountains has become darned near a full-time job for this fella who was born smack in the middle of them. Continue reading...

Candidates speak

You may find it as unsurprising as I do to learn what both gubernatorial candidates have to say (and not) about our state wrongheadedly permitting that controversial hog factory at Mount Judea in our state's precious Buffalo National River watershed. Continue reading...

Athlete of the aisles

There I was again, facing more harrowing moments of decision. With one coming up fast from behind and another whipping past within inches to my right, I knew I had to make my move. Imagine a swarm of crazed mosquitoes buzzing around you, intent on feeding. Continue reading...

Return to the rockers

Subscriber onlyNine years had passed since my daughter, Anna, and I shared rocking chairs on a cabin's deck at Gaston's White River Resort where the setting sun left us peacefully creaking back and forth well into the darkness. Continue reading...

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