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MIKE MASTERSON: Wicked ending

On Jeopardy

Subscriber onlyThe crowd began filing in early at John Paul's Restaurant and gathering place in Harrison. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: The beast abides

Subscriber onlyThe hairy beast with pointed claws and sharp teeth invaded quietly. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Down on a tee

Impeaching good will

Subscriber onlyI wouldn't want to be the Walmart executive who approved the third-party online sale of "Impeach 45" T-shirts--if anyone other than an electronic device even made that decision. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Back to Buffalo

Regulatory rigmarole

Subscriber onlyAttorneys for C&H Hog Farms (badly misplaced in the Buffalo National River watershed) are herding every pig-in-a-poke possible toward the state's Pollution Control and Ecology Commission in hopes of overturning their client's Regulation 5 permit denial. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Too many words

Subscriber onlyOne challenge to writing is avoiding pesky pleonasms. I can’t fault anyone for failing to recognize this odd term with Greek origins. But then who would use ever pleonasm in conversation anyway, right? Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Dying at desks

A costly amendment

Subscriber onlyWeighing heavily on my thoughts as we enter the July Fourth week are the five killed and two wounded in last week's shotgun assault on staffers of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Ticked off

Diseases on rise

Subscriber onlyThere's a tiny world constantly swarming around us, teeming with life forms that can have profound effects on our health and lives. I'm talking about microbes, bacteria and the infections they can cause when spread by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Hen’s ‘hate plate’

Subscriber onlyHow about that Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., asking White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her dinner party to leave because she works for the current administration? Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Pathology errors

Costly consequences

Subscriber onlyAn unnamed Veterans Health Care System pathologist in Fayetteville was dismissed in April after being found working while "impaired" as he diagnosed cases. It was the second time in two years the pathologist had been discovered in such condition (whatever impaired means). He had been monitored since completing a recovery program in 2016. Continue reading...

Out of a job

Superintendent no more

Subscriber onlyI don't know who, if anyone, vetted Matthew Wendt, the now former Fayetteville School District superintendent who lost his job the other day after a stunning alleged sexual misbehavior and harassment claim involving a female subordinate employee. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Words endorse violence

Subscriber onlyI have long respected Debbie Pelley, the former Jonesboro teacher who over the years has fought battles with Arkansas legislators and nationwide on behalf of conservative values and principles. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Pass the salt

Confusing contradictions

Subscriber onlySunday I wrote about an Associated Press story which said readers and media members surveyed are equally unhappy with lost media credibility. Unfortunately, the loss of credibility and trust is not limited to the media. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Lost faith, trust

Media surveys

Subscriber onlyAn Associated Press story the other day reported on a pair of surveys which showed most journalists want the same thing the public desires from them--factual news stories reported with context and minus the spin and thinly veiled political agendas. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: How deep and wide?

Subscriber onlyThe unholy relationship between some lobbyists and lawmakers to betray the trusting taxpayers was never more apparent than the recent plea bargain struck by lobbyist Milton Cranford, affectionately known to recipients of his largesse as “Rusty.” Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Lessons from life

For my grandkids

Subscriber onlyNote to readers: The original message to my three grandchildren was initially published in 2007. The content has been updated. Continue reading...