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MIKE MASTERSON: ‘Clearly malfeasant’

Geologist speaks

Subscriber onlyA former 30-year veteran of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (wheeze) has written an explosive letter claiming malfeasance and flawed findings, saying that agency inexplicably failed to consult its own geologists before issuing the original permit to C&H Hog Farms at Mount Judea. Continue reading...

In search of perfection

Icy obsession

Subscriber onlySome may search for diamonds while others hunt for gold. Gary Garrison's life quest today seeks frozen treasures in plastic molds. Continue reading...

More JBS charges

Subscriber onlyThe Brazil-based meatpacker that provides and purchases the more than 6,000 swine raised by C&H Hog Farms in the Buffalo National River watershed is in trouble after police say it was caught giving payoffs to inspectors and politicians to allow the sale of spoiled meat. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: To the governor

A farmer’s letter

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (wheeze) has extended its public comment period until April 6. Continue reading...

On travel ban

Law favors president

Subscriber onlyWith California's notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and other federal judges deciding to block President Trump's executive orders which would temporarily restrict travel to our country by citizens from six Muslim nations, I wanted to know more about the law that gives every president such powers. Continue reading...

Loot or legacy?

Subscriber onlyThere's no place better suited for deep reflection than a parting tribute for a person whose life left an indelible legacy prompting admiration and praise. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Missing deadline?

Report on Buffalo

Subscriber onlyThe Department of Environmental Quality (wheeze) has set what strikes me as an arbitrary, even premature, deadline of March 17 to end public comment about granting a new and revised operating permit for C&H Hog Farms, operating in our fragile Buffalo National River watershed. Continue reading...

Lies and dropped passes

Loss of trust

Subscriber onlyWhat do presidential lies, bureaucratic failures, broken vows and laws, national media failures and dropped passes have in common? Continue reading...

No graft worth it

Subscriber onlySeveral have asked for my thoughts about the two Republican former legislators and a pair of businessmen recently indicted on federal corruption charges as part of a lucrative kickback scheme using our tax dollars. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Thankful for Thelma

Glad I knew her

Subscriber onlySweet, devoted, feisty and spirit-filled Thelma Reeves of Harrison last Friday was nearing the end of her purposeful stay in this world last Friday. I'm sorry most of you never had the chance to know her. Continue reading...

Damascus derided

It's a trap!

Subscriber onlyYou may have missed the column last week where I talked about 20th Judicial District Prosecutor Cody Hiland declaring the town of Damascus a speed trap following an investigation by the Arkansas State Police and the Division of Legislative Audit. Continue reading...

Voice for our river

Subscriber onlyOur state's Department of Environmental Quality (cough) will pretend like it's listening next Tuesday as we the people they supposedly serve cuss and discuss issuing a "no discharge" state permit for the controversial C&H Hog Farms. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Damascus ticketed

Blue-light bonanza

Subscriber onlyAlleluia! There must be a vengeful God of Arkansas speed traps after all. And He's just smited one of our state's most notorious sinners. Continue reading...

Making ‘fake news’

All about intent

Subscriber onlyWe're hearing a lot today about "fake news." Some contend President Trump is largely responsible because he applies the term for much criticism as loosely as many of the left have accused those who disagree with them or policies of the former president of racism. Continue reading...

Dark drama in Cave Springs

Subscriber onlyI've exercised an impressive level of darn-near superhuman willpower to refrain from commenting on all the Tontitown-like turmoil unfolding in little Cave Springs. Yet, alas, valued readers, today I've have failed after finally enjoying all the darkened drama I could stand without offering a thought. Continue reading...

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