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MIKE MASTERSON: Meaningful change

Beyond headlines

Subscriber onlyThe headline topping a small story in the back of a recent paper surely was intriguing enough to attract lots of readers. "Arkansas man steals six beers, tries to give back four." Continue reading...

Many questions, no answers

Not transparent

Subscriber onlyIt's taken months for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (cough) to finally announce to the public that the suspicious large plume and suspected fracture cited beneath the corner of a massive hog waste lagoon at C&H Hog Farms apparently contains nothing overly foul. Continue reading...

Bullies' parents will pay

Subscriber onlyI don't know a reasonable person across our state who condones children bullying others for whatever reason. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Keeping it together

A troubled nation

Subscriber onlyWhat we've made of our country during my generation gives me grave concern. Continue reading...

A player's arrest

Fumble made

Subscriber onlyI'm trying very hard this morning to resist comparing Centerton's Police Department with the fictitious town of Mayberry, N.C., and its bumbling yet lovable cartoonish Deputy Barney Fife. Continue reading...

Postscript to Trump

Subscriber onlyMy open letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump the other day offered congratulations for his victory along with hopes for him and his administration. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: The nature of gratitude

To be thankful

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: The original version of this column was published Nov. 23, 2008, yet its message remains as valid today as it was then. Continue reading...

Death sentence for evil

Justice served

Subscriber onlyIf evil walks among us, ever alert for the slightest door to a soul left ajar, Mauricio Torres is the best example I can imagine. Continue reading...

After Hacksaw Ridge

Subscriber onlyRefillable popcorn securely in lap, we settled into those cushy rocking-chair seats at Branson's IMAX theater to absorb the true life war film I've anticipated for weeks. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Three grandmas persevere

Buffalo hearing

Subscriber onlyMore than 100 showed up at the Don Nelms fine art gallery in Jasper last week to raise funds in support of our Buffalo National River. Some came from families who've lived five generations in the Buffalo watershed. Continue reading...

An open letter

To the president-elect

Subscriber onlyDear Mr. Donald J. Trump: First I want to say your resounding victory, while most likely saving the nation I grew up loving, cost me two steak dinners in a bet with my retiree friend Hank Thompson. He (and Pat Flippo) predicted months ago that Hillary would never become president. Continue reading...

Some common sense

Subscriber onlyThought I'd let some smoke clear before weighing in on the statewide controversy over six Lady Razorback basketball players on the team who locked arms and knelt as our nation's national anthem was played at a recent exhibition game. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Election ends today

Polarized nation

Subscriber onlyHard to believe after two years of debating, accusing, shrieking and smears, this election day has mercifully dawned. And none too soon for all of us. Continue reading...

Media bias

Shaping opinions

Subscriber onlyA record number of Americans for years have viewed the news media as immoral, inaccurate and biased, according to a 2011 poll. And I believe the public disgust has grown worse in 2016 as we've witnessed accelerating bias in news reporting amid the mainstream media our nation relies on for objective, factual information. Continue reading...

Early paroles irk sheriff

Subscriber onlyBaxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, ordinarily a good-natured fella and vigilant law enforcement officer, lately has borne a bit of a frown. Continue reading...

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