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Failing the frailest

Rights of residents

Subscriber onlyShould residents of any Arkansas nursing home have the same legal right to photograph and record their living space as any homeowner or lessee? Certainly seems reasonable and logical enough. Continue reading...

A bridge too shoddy

Subscriber onlyAs Washington County's bridge supervisor for 21 years, William Reed has been the person responsible for making sure the bridges are safe for the public. Apparently there are at least two new inadequate bridges he overlooked, as did state inspectors. Continue reading...

A dad's frustration

Subscriber onlyFor those who missed it, Gary Brown's letter to the editor in the Northwest edition of the paper the other day likely touched a tender nerve among some students at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and their parents. Continue reading...

Leave law alone

Subscriber onlyI hope the good people of Arkansas are paying close attention to the efforts of some lawmakers to weaken our state's Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

One man's difference

Subscriber onlyMost of us would take satisfaction from looking back in hopes we leave positive differences in our wake for others. Continue reading...

Review the permit

Subscriber onlyAttorneys for environmental groups have asked the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (cough) to reopen C&H Hog Farms' operating permit for public comment and review because of all the flaws they've found in revisions to the owners' 2014 Nutrient Management Plan. Continue reading...

He said, he said

Subscriber onlyIt never surprises me that whenever someone takes issue publicly with what someone else said, the resulting back-and-forth becomes inevitable. Continue reading...

Make mills accountable

Subscriber onlyMost of us have seen the cute puppies for sale, wagging wildly in boxes or cages near shopping centers on the outskirts of our communities. They also are offered on the Internet, on posters and sometimes as "pets for sale" in local newspapers. Continue reading...

Collective concern

Subscriber onlyLast week I wrote about former Third District Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison being hospitalized in Springfield, Mo., for a heart problem that kept him in the intensive-care unit at Cox Medical Center South for nearly two weeks. Continue reading...

Our dogs and us

A history of devotion

Subscriber onlyI lost track long ago of how many dogs I've shared life with over the years. Continue reading...

Upholding free speech

Subscriber onlyThe Fayetteville group of pro-life protesters holding signs stood last week in a cold mist along Arkansas 265 near the intersection with Joyce. Continue reading...

An odd case indeed

The problem is hard to determine

Subscriber onlyI'm still scratching my woolly noggin over the odd news story last week about the Fayetteville police officer who's contesting a reprimand and a 30-day suspension before the city's Civil Service Commission. Continue reading...

To free the creek

Subscriber onlyA determined group in Benton County is hoping the city fathers of Bentonville abandon their idea to rebuild the leaky and chronically repaired dam at Bella Vista Lake and thereby set Little Sugar Creek free to again flow freely through the community. Continue reading...

At the courthouse

Subscriber onlyWashington County Judge Marilyn Edwards undoubtedly enjoyed calmer days before two former county employees filed unrelated lawsuits alleging the judge and higher-ups in her administration violated their civil rights. Continue reading...

Best check records

To ‘assume’ makes . . . you know

Subscriber onlySteve Valentine of Mount Judea was fit to be hog-tied when he discovered a wooden platform on his property at the convergence of Dry Creek and Big Creek not far from the controversial C&H hog factory (that some in the industry like to mislabel as a farm). Continue reading...

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