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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...

Relevant findings

Swine and health

Subscriber onlyI concede that the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas are not located in the similar verdant hills of North Carolina. Continue reading...

Students take initiative

Subscriber onlyLast year, the city of Harrison held a public ceremony complete with casket and a small plot beside city hall to bury its unfair, media-fueled and overblown reputation as a city of racists. Continue reading...

A letter to me

Subscriber onlyI received a kindly (well, I think) single-spaced letter from an anonymous reader the other day. He wanted to remind me of a far more idealistic me from the college years and how I've since morphed into a 68-year-old man who is much different in his view of the world. Continue reading...

Clemency deserved

Too long in prison

Subscriber onlyThose who follow these words already know how convinced I am that Belynda Goff of Green Forest deserves clemency after spending 20 years of a life-without-parole sentence for the 1994 bludgeoning murder of her husband, Stephen. Continue reading...

Ultimate love letter

Subscriber onlyAnother chilly Valentine's Day has rolled around. Millions of tons of chocolates (and who knows how many trainloads of flowers) will be delivered before sunset. Continue reading...

Bad news for river

Subscriber onlyNational Park Service scientists and UA geosciences professor emeritus John Van Brahana have collaborated on a revealing report that details reason for concern over increasing water contamination in the Buffalo National River watershed. Continue reading...

Fuel for the fire

Subscriber onlyWho does a fire department call when its own station is burning? Continue reading...

Earlier populist victory

Subscriber onlyA thoughtful reader dropped a note the other day in response to my column about Save the Ozarks' successful (and personally expensive) efforts to halt the proposed 52-mile transmission line through the scenic Ozark Mountains of Benton and Carroll counties. Continue reading...

The aisles of war

Subscriber onlyMeanwhile, back at the Wal-Mart Supercenter ... Continue reading...

Whispers of angels

Subscriber onlyThree years ago I wrote about the well-publicized "butterfly people" that some children in Joplin, Mo., said they'd seen--mysterious angelic figures assisting terrified people as an EF-5 tornado laid waste to so much of that community in May of 2011. Continue reading...

When's a chief not?

Subscriber onlyJust when Denny Upton of Tontitown thought he was out, they pulled him back in, only to show him the door yet again. Continue reading...

Good news for us?

Subscriber onlyA federal judge in Washington state ruled earlier this month on a case that likely sets a national precedent for preserving the cleanliness of our own state's natural waters and streams such as our treasured Buffalo National River. Continue reading...

An unnecessary bill

Subscriber onlyRep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville, may have good intentions in wanting to exempt academic research data as it's being gathered by state universities from provisions of the state's Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

An interesting plan

Subscriber onlyEvery so often I meet those with innovative ideas generated in the public interest that not only seem likely to work but save a ton of our tax money in the process. Continue reading...

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