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MIKE MASTERSON: Thanksgiving week

Gratitude, please

Subscriber onlyWish I was more in the mood this Thanksgiving week to share the traditional message of universal gratitude and appreciation for the abundance and freedoms we Americans have enjoyed, especially us baby boomers. After all, we came of age during the greatest period of these United States thanks largely to sacrifices by our parents and generations before them. Continue reading...

Enforcing eggcellence

The crackdown

Subscriber onlyThe stranger wore a deadpan expression as he strolled into Harrison's popular Townhouse Cafe a while back. It became clear, as he glanced at diners enjoying their breakfasts, that he had something specific on his mind. It wasn't grits or pancakes. Continue reading...

Masterson online: Where’s our SRT?

Subscriber onlyI’ve been waiting for a couple of years now for some enterprising Arkansas physician who believes in simple and painless technology over painful and often radical surgery to hear my plea on behalf of Arkansans beset by non-melanoma skin cancers. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Our Razorbacks

Woe, pig sooie

Subscriber onlyThe Bret Bielema record after almost five years and 61 games at Arkansas: 29 wins and 32 losses, last place SEC West. And now we learn a Razorback quarterback has been arrested on a DUI charge. Oy vey! Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Elvis lives

Whole lotta shakin'

Subscriber onlyTo many at the Halloween party in Harrison, the tall, slender young man with dark hair, brown eyes and a wide, handsome face was another busy helper among others arranging decorations for maximum "boo effect." Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Not hog-wild on the river

Subscriber onlyOwners of C&H Hog Farms with the Brazilian meat processor JBS are hoping our state’s Department of Environmental Quality (wheeze) will approve their request for yet another factory permit. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Why we’re free

Subscriber onlyBetween living in a household commanded by an World War II/Korea-hardened Army lieutenant colonel until I was 19 and my 1960s stint in the Coast Guard, the die for my lifelong respect for our military was cast early on. Continue reading...

Science and creation

Our universe

Subscriber onlyI've read that scientists supposedly are baffled over how our known universe can possibly exist. The deeper explanation of their confusion is a bit tedious. It boils down to the vastness of what we know of the expanding universe being filled with both matter and antimatter, which oppose and cancel out as they interact. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Where is truth?

This is quite an untenable predicament we’ve allowed ourselves to be steadily dragged into over the past three decades. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Odds and ends

In right direction

Subscriber onlyLeave it to the Walton Foundation to step up with a contribution toward helping resolve the controversial plan for what to do with the failed Bella Vista Lake dam. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Months of delay

Hog factory permit

Subscriber onlyCall me cynical, skeptical, realistic or an unapologetic voice for the welfare and preservation of the only Buffalo National River we have. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Audit reveals much

Subscriber onlyIf the internal audit performed on the abandoned River Valley Sports Complex in Fort Smith helps provide direction for the ongoing federal investigation into questionable practices used to create this facility, there's clearly more fire than smoke in those empty fields. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Pryor speaks out

A corrupt system

Subscriber onlyIf you're anything like me, you've wondered why nothing's been achieved in Washington since the nation sent a majority of Republicans to control the House, Senate and Oval Office. Continue reading...

Immersed in Azure

Back to the beach

Subscriber onlyWe in the Natural State are fortunate to live only a day's drive from what many Americans believe are the finest beaches in the country. The white sugary sands and translucent green waters of the Florida and Alabama gulf coasts offer ambience that is much different than the beaches I experienced working in cities along the California and New Jersey coasts. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Of Tomcats and Angels

Subscriber onlyThis has become my fall for visiting two of the world’s finest national interactive and immersive museums. Continue reading...

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