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MASTERSON ONLINE: Unoriginal Hollywood

Subscriber onlyIf anything like me, you enjoy settling into a comfortable movie theater seat with a refillable buttered (flavored oil) bag of popcorn to escape for a couple of hours into mindless suspension of disbelief. In here, I’m enclosed in darkness and can escape into a hopefully compelling story that absorbs my senses. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Millions can’t read

Sobering statistic

Subscriber onlyI realize there are statistics and there are "damn statistics." The ones I discovered about illiteracy in these United States left me beyond surprised. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Toward Christmas

A different approach

Subscriber onlyAs years dissolve into decades, the string of annual Christmas seasons seems to speed past like the fast-forward on our DVRs. Much as life itself, each year flows seamlessly into another until soon we've reached 60 or 70 and wondering where all those years went. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Black to ‘bright’ Friday

Subscriber onlyI imagined this would be a day to siphon every last ounce from my reservoir of patience and good will. I’d even sought the wisdom of Lisa Rau, who manages communications for Silver Dollar City, to ask what we could expect. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Another hog factory

Leaking waste

Subscriber onlyJust when I thought our state's politicized environmental protection agency made the biggest debacle of its checkered history by allowing C&H Hog Farms into our karst-laden Buffalo National River watershed, I learn the leaking Sanders Farm began operating in the watershed during 2015 without a permit or required nutrient management plan. Continue reading...

My space, your voices

Readers speak

Subscriber onlyA s readers know, I occasionally enjoy giving the opportunity to have their voices heard in my allotted space. Below, with a few asides of my own, are comments about recent columns (edited for space). Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Evidence in the swamp

Subscriber onlyIt appears to this Ozarks native a strange power shift may be unfolding in our nation’s capital. Courts of law are being replaced by the court of public opinion where words and accusations become evidence. Continue reading...

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...