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MIKE MASTERSON: Reader feedback

Listening to you

Subscriber onlyYou, valued readers, are giving me ample feedback, edited for space. Continue reading...

When the shark bites

Evidence seen

Subscriber onlyWe escaped to the Romar Place condos in Orange Beach, Ala., the other day following an invitation from older friends Hank and Nickie Thompson. The Harrison couple who've been married 65 years spend a week here each year and this was our second October to visit. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Overlooking the obvious

Subscriber onlyPretend your job as a volunteer watchdog (assigned by the governor) is to identify vehicles that continuously spew clouds of dangerous exhaust along the interstate. The state is particularly aware of one poison-emitting truck that drives the interstate day and night. Ironically, the state has officially sanctioned and licensed this enormous vehicle. Continue reading...

Mike Masterson: Vanishing virtues

Subscriber onlyEditor’s note: The original version of this column was published May 13, 2007. Continue reading...

Growing Greater

Little film that could

Subscriber onlyThe powerful film Greater, which details the inspirational life of the late Razorback All-American walk-on Brandon Burlsworth, continues to be popular in DVDs and Blu-rays at Wal-Mart and elsewhere following a limited national release last year that left it ranked 205th among 735 films released. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Day late, dollar short

Subscriber onlyAs always, I’m a day late and now short thousands of dollars by not participating in the self-serving world of Arkansas legislative politics. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Prince of division

Radicals' rules

Subscriber onlyMy daughter asked me why our nation seems to be going mad of late. "The craziness and divisiveness is everywhere," she said. Continue reading...

Goose on menu

NFL and the anthem

Subscriber onlyIt's apparent to me neither the powers that be in the National Football League nor their players who chose to kneel during the playing of our national anthem at their games put nearly enough thought into such a disrespectful action to the entire nation that has enriched them. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Time to start winning

Subscriber onlyAnother “woo pig” Saturday afternoon has rolled around. This time a lot of hopeful, yet understandably frustrated and uncertain, Razorback fans get to watch their beloved Hogs mix it up at home with New Mexico State. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Back at the museum

Many more wows

Subscriber onlyOrdinarily after writing on a subject, I choose to wait a while before perhaps returning to it, unless I feel my first effort didn't do it justice. That's what happened with my story about last week's opening of Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: No place like it

Wonders of Wildlife

Subscriber onlyThey say the best things in life are worth waiting for. After nine years of waiting, what's being called the grandest celebration of wildlife conservation on the planet has opened its doors adjacent to the Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, Mo. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: No place like it

Subscriber onlyThey say the best things in life are worth waiting for. After nine years of waiting, what’s being called the grandest celebration of wildlife conservation on the planet has opened its doors adjacent to the Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, Mo. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Wolfe was wrong

Going home again

Subscriber onlyEvery hometown seems inexorably linked with each person's state of mind. Those of us with positive memories of family and friends where we were born naturally perceive it in that light, a cherished physical location key to who we are as adults. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: More stepping up

Buffalo battlers

Subscriber onlyAs the state of Arkansas waits for the Department of Environmental Quality (wheeze) to complete its review of the permit renewal for the hog factory in our precious Buffalo National River watershed, a lot of public interest in protecting the environment has continued to grow across the state. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Bielema’s bobble

Subscriber onlyHog football coach Bret Bielema could use a common-sense filter when it comes to publicly shaming his players — well, one of them, anyway. Continue reading...