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Minneapolis shooting

Why’d it happen?

Subscriber onlyEvents in states far removed from our own sometimes seem to beg for comment purely for the satisfaction of knowing I've put my opinion on public record. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Shopping malls

We hardly knew ye

Subscriber onlyNot long ago I wrote about the demise of former mainstay retailers in the lives of us raised in the 1950s and '60s. Woolworth's, Ben Franklin, Montgomery Ward all were parts of our day-to-day lives. Continue reading...

Undisputed jewel

Buffalo's worth

Subscriber onlyMy affection and concern for the welfare of our Buffalo National River, the first so designated in the country back in 1972, is redundantly apparent to readers. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Disproportionate voice

Subscriber onlyIt’s remarkable how a terminally diseased 11-month-old child in England, his life hardly begun, can scream to the world in such a disproportionate voice about an immoral flaw in single-payer medicine. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: U.S. voting probe

We’re in*

Subscriber onlyHaving some relevant information is better than none when it comes to detecting the scourge of voter fraud on a national scale, which makes me wonder why every state wouldn't be eager to know if theirs might be infected. Continue reading...

A new chapter

Eureka’s Sandman

Subscriber onlySilica-and-glass artist and outdoor adventurist Randy Woodward of Eureka Springs has big dreams for himself nowadays. He's rather enjoying his new nickname as "Sandman" around this Ozarks arts community. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Public weary of probes

Subscriber onlyCount me among those who, after witnessing the election meltdown in which most national pollsters wrongly predicted Hillary Clinton would become the 45th president, lost faith from the exposed political bias of most national polling. Nothing else for me explains such gross errors. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Crushing commandments

Thou shalt not

Subscriber onlyThat someone would demolish the 6-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument installed on our state Capitol grounds within a day of its unveiling says something deeply unsettling to me about society on the day we celebrate our independence. Continue reading...

Forsaken friends

Brands of the past

Subscriber onlyLike me, many readers grew up with familiar business brands that ranged from F.W. Woolworth's to Lion Oil service stations and, more recently, the defunct Blockbuster Video. I enjoyed spending flirty, carefree evenings with teenage friends at the long-gone Fisher's Hi-Boy in Harrison. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Can’t pick just one

Memorable career

Subscriber onlyI was asked the other day which among a career of stories I consider most memorable. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Waldron next to fall in Wal-Mart closures

Subscriber onlyI occasionally tease Wal-Mart because, well, it's just so darn easy to point out the Martian adventures amid the aisles. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: It happened again

Forgotten children

Subscriber onlyCan so many adults really that inattentive and irresponsible? Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Readers respond

The cost of drugs

Subscriber onlyI sure struck a major nerve the other day with my column about how much lower prescription prices run in Canada than here in the U.S. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Introducing Elizabeth

To Crooked Creek

Subscriber onlyMost Arkansas communities have places close to the hearts and memories of those who live there. Since early childhood, mine has been Crooked Creek. Continue reading...

Transparency wins

'Undisputed' violation

Subscriber onlyScore a significant victory for the Fort Smith law firm that's been fighting one battle after another to ensure and preserve freedom of information and transparency in that community. Continue reading...

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