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MIKE MASTERSON: Let the sun shine

Watchdog’s bite

Subscriber onlyFort Smith attorney Joey McCutchen doesn't tolerate public servants with a penchant for violating our state's Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

Deeper awareness

Penny miracles

Subscriber onlyArlys Winkler of Hot Springs Village believes subtle messages are clear as glass for those with the awareness to recognize them. Continue reading...

Expectations for 2017

Subscriber onlyAlthough you didn't ask, I feel oddly compelled to share my expectations for 2017, realizing you likely have plenty of your own. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Readers sound off about the Hogs

Subscriber onlyLast week's column about Razorback football coach Bret Bielema searching his soul over the stunning collapses of his 2016 team during the season's final two games drew lots of reader responses. Here are a few edited for space: Continue reading...

To cut waste

Ten ideas

Subscriber onlyAs inauguration approaches, I've wondered how our 45th President can possibly cut enough waste and abuse from the bloated federal government to make a noticeable difference. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Coach searching soul

Subscriber onlyI've never enjoyed kicking the downtrodden. But to ignore the debacle every Razorback fan and supporter witnessed during the disastrous final month of our 2016 season is pure-dee denial. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: For what we’re given

A little appreciation

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: The original version of this column ran Dec. 31, 2013. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Tax break for vets

Attracting prosperity

Subscriber onlyI admit to having a favorite among Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposals for tax cuts: Eliminate taxes on military retirement pay. I anticipate nothing but positive, prosperous results from doing just that. Those with doubts should ask neighboring Texans. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Consequence of rage

Subscriber onlyMany times an impulsive action taken in the irrational fog of rage (without pausing for even a moment's breath of clarity) radically alters the course of our lives. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Disappointing decision

All for the gavel

Subscriber onlyShould Arkansas Supreme Court justices continue to be popularly elected every eight years with unlimited re-elections, or appointed by the governor to a single 14-year term? Continue reading...

Burgers and folks

Christmas and love

Subscriber onlyWhat better subject for Christmas than exploring our myriad notions of love? The original version of this column was published in 2002. Not a thing has changed since that time. Continue reading...

The real Santas

Subscriber onlyMerry Christmas 2016, everyone. The original version of this column was published in December 2004, but I like to offer it regularly at Christmastime as a reminder since its message remains eternally relevant. Continue reading...

What transparency?

About that plume

Subscriber onlyThe Buffalo River Watershed Alliance says the state's Department of Environmental Quality (cough) didn't allow nearly enough time to effectively analyze and respond to the Dec. 1 release of a 540-page report that was supposed to explain the results of the test hole drilled near one of two waste lagoons at C&H Hog Farms in Mount Judea. Continue reading...

The popular edge

California’s vote

Subscriber onlyAs the electoral college convenes Monday to expectedly usher in Donald J. Trump as our 45th president, the mainstream media has made much of Hillary Clinton's 2.8 million lead in the popular vote total. Continue reading...

Man of distinction

Subscriber onlyPushing open the door to room 501 at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, I rapped softly before peeking inside to see Billy Bert Baker. He was alone, drawing slow, deep breaths while slumbering on his back. Continue reading...

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