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Road to Damascus

Brakes slammed

Subscriber onlyWish I could say I feel sympathy for the alleged speed-trap community of Damascus after a circuit judge dismissed its request to temporarily allow its team of ticket-writing police to continue patrolling highways, including U.S. 65, through the heart of town. Continue reading...

Back on Bull Shoals

Subscriber onlyThe sun was setting as I pulled up to Ken Reeves' boathouse on Bull Shoals Lake. Running two hours late for our 22nd weekend spring reunion, I fully expected to be ragged about my delayed arrival for our three-day reunion in Ken's floating cottage. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: College or church?

Constitutional rub

Subscriber onlyCan a private college after 40 years be rebranded as a church virtually overnight, thereby exempting it from FOIA requests to see how it handled public monies it received courtesy of legislators? Continue reading...

If Buffalo flounders

Legacy at risk

Subscriber onlyI've known and respected Gov. Asa Hutchinson for decades, ever since he occupied the 3rd District seat held for 13 terms by my late uncle John Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison. Continue reading...

A noble crusade

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Leslie Rutledge is on a noble crusade of sorts. She (and 37 other state attorneys general) wants the federal government to expand its Medicaid support for investigating potential elder abuse in unconventional care facilities such as private homes. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Woes elsewhere

Tracking ‘pig2bac’

Subscriber onlyA story by Brian Bienkowski appearing in Environmental Health News says bacteria spread from industrial hog factories (like the one our Department of Environmental Quality [wheeze] permitted into our Buffalo National River watershed) is contaminating some nearby North Carolina homes, lawns and even the air. Continue reading...

Silver symbiosis

At the park

Subscriber onlyWith hardwoods in emerald bloom, warm weather upon us and schools about to dismiss for the summer, I wondered just how many of us Arkansans regularly make the relatively short trip to the Silver Dollar City theme park near Branson. There's bound to be an army. Continue reading...

'Wrong for years'

Subscriber onlyThe shameful case of Belynda Goff, the Green Forest mother who many, including me, believe was wrongfully convicted of murdering her husband Stephen in their home 23 years ago, finally is drawing the national attention it richly deserves. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Absconding with Al

Hey, watch this

Subscriber onlyI can't shake my wildest visualizations after reading the headline last weekend about the three reportedly inebriated men allegedly breaking into the Witt Stephens Nature Center in downtown Little Rock and absconding with a reptile. I imagine a man whispering to an accomplice beside him in slurred speech: "Ya see that gator over yonder? Hold my beer. Watch this!" Continue reading...

Started from zip

Huntsville clinic

Subscriber onlyI enjoy sharing stories of those who make their own realities, much as Dr. Martin Schoppmeyer with his nationally honored Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville. Successfully converting creative thought into action inspires others to take the risks necessary to also attain their dreams. Continue reading...

Back to Maynard

Subscriber onlyMemories become like tears washed away by the rain ... Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Pay attention

Almost losing Anna

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: The original version of this column was published April 26, 2015. Continue reading...

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...

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