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MIKE MASTERSON: Love and fear

In name of faith

Subscriber onlyIf you're anything like me, you have mixed feelings and considerable confusion about what's happening today in America when it comes to radical Islamists. Continue reading...

Impaired waterbodies

Missed deadline

Subscriber onlyMeanwhile, back along the majestic Buffalo National River, one of our state's brightest jewels for recreation and tourism. Continue reading...

Honest measures

Subscriber onlyI doubt many folks in Arkansas know Russell Langston ... well, at least not personally. But I'll bet nearly everyone has benefited from his tireless efforts. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Costs of efficiency

Small-town woes

Subscriber onlyI read last week about Wal-Mart's decision to close 154 stores in 27 states, and a total of 269 worldwide. That caused me to consider the dire consequences their decision has had, not only on thousands of employees and their families, but on many smaller communities. Continue reading...

Havoc wreaked

Some compassion

Subscriber onlyI can't help feeling twinges of compassion for Kevin Lea. He's the former coach for Cedarville High School's football team who found himself charged with a bevy of misdemeanors following a screaming, shoving brouhaha during an Oct. 16 game with Elkins. Continue reading...

Justice delayed, again

Subscriber onlyFirst one of my familiar disclaimers: I'm neither a lawyer nor an authority on the proceedings of federal jurisprudence. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: In court campaigns

Practice stinks

Subscriber onlyCall me old-fashioned, even prudish. But I don't believe lawyers and law firms should make campaign contributions to those running for judge--period. Aw, what the heck, make that an exclamation point. Continue reading...

Caught on film

Stunning image

Subscriber onlyThose who have followed this space over the years know I've never shied from discussing pretty much anything I believe readers will find interesting or relevant, hopefully both. Continue reading...

Babblin' over coffee

Subscriber onlyI stumbled into presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's comment about Social Security the other day: "Let's just remember that Social Security is not the government's money. It belongs to the people who had it taken out of their checks involuntarily their entire working lives." Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Stop blaming others

Joy of owning up

Subscriber onlyDr. Tom Whiting, who with wife Martha lives on a tranquil mountaintop not far from Hindsville, recently forwarded an article from Redbook magazine published in 1987. Among my favorite physicians, Dr. Tom and and I have stayed in touch for years on subjects ranging from morel mushrooms to medicine and rounds of golf. Continue reading...

Under the influence

Need a valid reason

Subscriber onlyIt was perhaps a precedent-setting reversal the Arkansas Court of Appeals handed down last week on drunken-driving arrests. Continue reading...

Letters, I get 'em

Subscriber onlyLike all who express their opinions publicly, I get lots of appreciated responses from readers that range from good to bad. Continue reading...

For female prisoners

Echoes of hope

Subscriber onlyWith the recent arrest of 67-year-old prison chaplain Kenneth Dewitt on 50 counts of alleged sexual assault against three female inmates, I wondered just what prison life is like for women who wind up in the state's McPherson Unit in Newport. Continue reading...

Tale of two walk-ons

Greater now reality

Subscriber onlyI still sometimes stop along U.S. 412 at tiny Carrollton near where 22-year-old All American Razorback Brandon Burlsworth from my hometown of Harrison died in a head-on collision with a large truck. Continue reading...

Sheriff's woes continue

Subscriber onlyRemember the mystery deputy jailer, Gabriel Cox, whose questioned hiring date last fall prompted an uproar and investigation into the actions of Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck? Continue reading...

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