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MIKE MASTERSON: Radiating Sowell

Words of wisdom

Subscriber onlyWe each have favorite writers, those whose thoughts and opinion we value for their relevance and truthful insight. While tastes will vary because of ideologies, especially the radical beliefs, I've always been drawn to those who espouse common sense backed by undeniable wisdom. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: A conservative populist

Subscriber only(Note to readers: The original version of this column appeared in January 2010. It still describes why I’ve come to believe the things I do, but leaves me wondering about the condition of society overall.) Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Often undiagnosed

Beastly wrath

Subscriber onlyIt's hard to believe almost a fifth of adult Americans experience some form of mental illness in any given year. That's just the reported cases, according to the CEO for Centers of Psychiatric Excellence, Dr. Prakash Masand. That amounts to about 44 million of us who come face to face with what I call "The Beast." Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Pesky contradictions

Conflicts of trust

Subscriber onlyContradictions can cause my skeptical little brain to convulse. I hear an elected politico pronounce one thing as fact nowadays when plain folks claim the opposite. And I believe the folks. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Steadily unraveling

Subscriber onlyDo you believe we are a more unified nation of citizens than we were a few short decades ago? The way I see it, we unfortunately have been steadily declining in myriad ways in areas including families, civil rights, mental health, personal faith, freedom of speech, civility, education, our economy and rampant obesity. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Here for the coaster

Time travelers

Subscriber onlyI'll never become a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, the world's largest association of roller coaster fans. Each time I seriously consider boarding one, another debilitating hangnail suddenly develops to sideline me until the moment passes. Continue reading...

Money in the bank

The Files files

Subscriber onlyI sit on my porch this morning sipping a cup of coffee, wondering whatever happened with the much-publicized $80,000 nursing-home industry executive David L. Norsworthy reportedly wired into the commercial bank account of now-former state Sen. Jake Files of Fort Smith. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Jury awards millions

Subscriber onlyPerhaps you read last week about a North Carolina jury awarding $50.7 million to long-suffering residents living around an enormous facility known as Kinlaw Farm. It is a large-scale hog factory in Bladen County that contracts with pork producer Murphy-Brown LLC to raise about 15,000 hogs. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Guv and Gun Goddess

No shootout

Subscriber onlyI'd expected a verbal shootout between the former federal lawman and a pretty female gunslinger. Many in the overflow crowd at the annual Reagan Day Dinner inside North Arkansas Community College's cavernous Durand Center in downtown Harrison felt likewise, judging from pre-speech comments in the room Saturday evening. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Back in Parkin

'Third World' activities

Subscriber onlyMy recent columns on the radical reported misbehavior of police officers in Parkin drew numerous comments in my email basket. Readers seemed especially outraged that so many motorists have been being pulled over for alleged "inattentive driving" and/or "dim taillights." Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: A dog's life

Subscriber onlyThose of us fortunate enough to know the boundless affections and joy from domestic canines understand how profoundly they enrich our lives in many ways. Humans rescue so many of them and they, in turn, help rescue our species from loneliness, boredom, and even physical distress. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Rootin’ for a permit

Back on Buffalo

Subscriber onlyAfter appealing the state's denial of a Regulation 5 permit in the Buffalo National River watershed, owners of C&H Hog Farms are trying to cover their interests by applying for another form of five-year permit. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: A dentist speaks

Subscriber onlyMy column last week on the disgraceful practice of Parkin police handing out expensive "inattentive driving" citations like Halloween candy to victimized motorists along U.S. 64 rang alarm bells statewide, including one from a Memphis dentist raised in nearby Wynne. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Sparkin’ and spookin’

Subscriber onlyWe look forward to spending time in quirky Eureka Springs. Who doesn’t? It’s the getaway capital of northern Arkansas, a unique place that’s as much a funky arts and music community as it is a free-spirited state of mind. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: ‘Inattentive driving’ tickets

Probe practice

Subscriber onlyLittle Damascus found itself treading hot water last year after then-prosecutor Cody Hiland (following a state investigation) officially deemed it a speed trap and temporarily yanked the town's authority to issue traffic citations. Continue reading...

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