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MIKE MASTERSON: Permit denied

Cynicism rises

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's decision to reject a revised operating permit for C&H Hog Farms in the Buffalo National River watershed brought welcome surprise for many Arkansans. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: More UFO sightings

Subscriber onlyNot long ago, I wrote about the resurgence of our government’s interest in unidentified flying objects and included an account by former Navy Commander David Fravor who in 2004 witnessed such a craft that fellow pilots photographed off the California coast during F-18 exercises. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Third-grade politics

Resist at all cost

Subscriber onlyIt seems long ago that Americans from both major political parties co-existed in relative accord. Continue reading...

Taking high road

Best way forward

Subscriber onlyI've written many stories over the decades about law enforcement, some positive, others not so much. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Advice over substance

Subscriber onlyI’ve found plenty of conflicts but never profound wisdom or a sense of efficient and effective coherence when it comes to government exercising either logic or common sense. Continue reading...

Tanner matter

Hitting a wall

Subscriber onlyReaders may recall my recent column headlined "Detaining Drew." It shared the saga of Drew Tanner of Searcy's encounters with State Police Trooper Kurt Ziegenhorn at a Wal-Mart in that community. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Waitin’ on da judge

Subscriber onlyCount me among Arkansans wondering when, after almost four months so far, Circuit Judge John Putman will issue his findings in a case involving the controversial C&H Hog Farms at Mount Judea. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: UFOs are back

Subscriber onlySome major news organizations reported the other day that our government has been actively investigating UFOs in an effort known as the "Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program." Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: City of Christ’s birth

Life in Bethlehem

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: The original version of this column ran Dec. 21, 2008. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Back to my first

Subscriber onlyThe abandoned house with its rusting metal roof stands barely 10 yards from the blacktop along U.S. 65, and well within sight of the distant Ozark foothills. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: How can you do it?

Living longer

Subscriber onlyIf the idea of extending your life sounds appealing, I've found some science-based lifestyle methods from Dr. Josh Axe's website, draxe.com, most likely to make that happen. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Detaining Drew

Confrontation=lawsuit

Subscriber onlyHere's a story that may cause you to scratch your head. I sure am, especially considering my enduring respect for the Arkansas State Police. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Defining harassment

Subscriber onlyJust when you thought (and probably hoped) the sexual abuse and harassment allegations had pretty much run their course across this troubled nation, one of the most absurd examples appears not in the D.C. swamp or Hollywood but, of all places, Tennessee State University in Nashville. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: So many errors

Our ‘care’ homes

Subscriber onlyNursing home residents and young children are society's most vulnerable members, especially in Arkansas where our record of elder care remains shamefully substandard on several levels, including dangerous medication errors. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Hogs and Chad Morris

Welcome, Coach

Subscriber onlyWelcome to the beautiful Arkansas Ozarks and the respected Razorback football program. We are pleased you and your wife Paula have joined us in God's Country. You will find the natural beauty (go see the Buffalo) and so many good people across this state. We wish you only the very best. Continue reading...