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MIKE MASTERSON: On the Buffalo

Drilling to start

Subscriber onlyHarbor Environmental of Little Rock will get the state contract to drill beneath at least one of the massive waste lagoons at C&H Hog Farms. Continue reading...

New teeth

The process begins

Subscriber onlyI'm reclined nervously in the dental chair at Integrated Dentistry in Mountain Home staring into the glowing dental light. Dr. Derrick Johnson has just applied the topical stuff that dulls sensation in the rear gums on both sides to ease any discomfort from the numbing injections he'll soon administer before removing four upper molars. Continue reading...

No limits on abuse

Subscriber onlyPlace me squarely in the camp that believes protecting the elderly and most dependent among us in nursing homes far outweighs the desire of the group calling itself Health Care Access for Arkansans to limit the amount of legal damages such facilities must pay to residents they victimize through neglect or abuse. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Light punishment

Chaplain’s shame

Subscriber onlyIn a travesty, former prison chaplain Kenneth Dewitt will spend five whole years in prison after admittedly using his position to repeatedly abuse three female inmates confined in the state's McPherson Women's Unit in Newport. Continue reading...

Calling it quits?

A state asset

Subscriber onlyI'm sure state Sen. Bart Hester of Cave Springs must have had his political justifications for his motion last month to the Arkansas Legislative Council not to approve a proposal to review the state's smoking "Quitline" contract that in 2014-15 alone helped some 3,800 citizens to stop smoking tobacco. The council adopted Hester's motion. Continue reading...

Room to improve

Subscriber onlyFindings from the study "2016's Best and Worst States for Women" by the personal finance website WalletHub show Arkansas doesn't fare well across many categories, including median income and those living in poverty. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Hard blows

And justice wept

Subscriber onlyTwo painful blows reduced our democratic republic of laws (and public confidence in enforcing them) to shock and tears last week. Continue reading...

Conversation with Fadil

Good from bad?

Subscriber onlyI've written previously of the compassionate Muslim Fayetteville businessman, Fadil Bayyari, and all he's done and continues to do for others. Fadil is the Palestinian-born American who several years ago used his successful construction firm to construct Fayetteville's Jewish synagogue at his cost. It's the kind of honorable man he is. Continue reading...

Why I signed

Subscriber onlySurrounding states for years have raked in many millions each year from lottery games and other forms of legalized gambling. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Email timeline

Waste or clay?

Subscriber onlyIn March 2015, the University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture's Big Creek Research and Extension Team retained Oklahoma State University geology professor and hydrologist Todd Halihan and associate Jon Fields to perform electrical resistivity imaging studies on waste spray fields used by owners of C&H Hog Farms at Mount Judea. Continue reading...

Dogwood Canyon

Ozarks Eden

Subscriber onlyJohnny Morris, the Springfield family man/entrepreneur whose creative dreams resulted in Bass Pro Shops, Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock, has spent years converting a less-celebrated historic canyon that spans the Arkansas-Missouri border into 10,000 emerald acres akin to the Garden of Eden. Continue reading...

Look what lies ahead

Subscriber onlyMost of us boomers and beyond were raised with dial phones, Kodak film cameras, stick shifts, TV antennas and Encyclopedia Britannica. Continue reading...

Drill, baby, drill

Conflicting aims

Subscriber onlyI've never believed anyone can effectively serve two masters. Continue reading...

Brighter tiles

In Wally World

Subscriber onlyConventional wisdom says those who write for a living are best served by choosing subjects they know through experience. Continue reading...

Bearing others' burdens

Subscriber onlyThe website Seven Reflections says the mythical name Merlin means one who "can carry on for others with joy ... a receptive nature and may bear burdens for others." Continue reading...

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