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MIKE MASTERSON: Magic in the air

Subscriber onlyI wonder how many are like me when it comes to the glimpse of forgotten childlike enchantment a fair adds to life each September. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: More Buffalo science

Subscriber onlyA highly respected aquatic biologist and water-quality hydrologist who spent his distinguished career studying Ozark streams for the U.S. Geological Survey, examined four years of data collected by the research team monitoring C&H Hog Farms. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Everybody wins

Subscriber onlyA relatively new apprenticeship program between a corporation's continual need for well-trained employees and a community college that provides such skills is making an impressive difference in young lives and communities across the state. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: More at risk

Toxins in our river

Subscriber onlyCarol Bitting has long been a staunch champion for our Buffalo National River, identified last year by readers of USA Today as the state's greatest attraction. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: In Supreme limbo

Subscriber onlyIssue 1, backed by the special interests most likely to suffer losses from negligence in a courtroom, remains in limbo until our Supreme Court, hopefully, upholds the ruling by Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Mackie M. Pierce, who wisely struck it from the November ballot as unconstitutional. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: On prison deaths

Subscriber onlyArkansas prison administrators have labeled the recent deaths of five inmates in four days at the Varner unit and its supermax facility an "unacceptable anomaly," according to an Associated Press story by Andrew DeMillo. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: A revolving door

Abundant recidivism

Subscriber onlyBaxter County Sheriff John "Monty" Montgomery has pet peeves when it comes to law enforcement, not the least of which is the absurd revolving door in our criminal justice system. The process sees convicted felons locked away briefly, then released onto the streets only to be re-arrested for additional crimes. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Flowing toward ruin

Subscriber onlyI get it that some readers out there hope the blue-sky day will dawn when I’ll not write another word about the ongoing disgraceful contamination of our majestic Buffalo National River. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Spiraling down

Subscriber onlyLost civility Continue reading...

Innocents freed

Subscriber onlyAbundant injustice Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Rhea Lana’s to court

Subscriber onlyThe Conway mother of three who launched a children’s clothing consignment shop in her home years ago continues to be hounded by a U.S. Department of Labor that threatens her with enormous fines for violations that make no sense to most rational Americans. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: One bad issue

Subscriber onlyAs we edge toward the November elections, I'm feeling the urge to reiterate my convictions from previous columns about proposed constitutional amendment Issue 1. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Studies ignored

Swine factory

Subscriber onlyWidely respected hydrogeologist Thomas Aley, president of the Ozark Underground Laboratory in Protem, Mo., completed in May his investigation into the suitability of issuing a new Regulation 5 animal liquid waste permit to C&H Hog Farms. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Back in the melee

Subscriber onlyThere I was again, clad in what should have been a Kevlar vest and camouflage big-boy pants on the front lines of the Walmart wars we who regularly charge the teeming aisles readily understand. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: What about vets?

Subscriber onlyI regularly receive messages from across Arkansas dealing with every imaginable circumstance. There are many Arkansans with legitimate issues and injustices to keep assertive reporters and columnists at their keyboards day and night. Continue reading...

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