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MIKE MASTERSON: Legally allowed

Endless leakage

Subscriber onlyAs C&H Hog Farms appeals the denial of a new, revised permit in the Buffalo National River watershed, the state approved that swine factory's two lagoons to continue leaking up to 5,000 gallons of untreated waste a day under terms of its expired general permit. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Behind enemy lines

Saving O’Grady

Subscriber onlyIt's the afternoon of June 2, 1995. Captain Scott O'Grady is piloting his F-16 jet fighter to enforce a NATO no-fly zone over Bosnia when kaboom! A fiery explosion rips through his airplane from 10 feet behind his seat. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Personalizing our laws

Subscriber onlyAfter reading that Farm Bureau-pushed draft bill in search of legislative supporters that would benefit C&H Hog Farms, I’ve been thinking. And yes, that is in fact responsible for the odor of burning rubber you’ve been smelling the last day or so. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Thanks for your service

Godspeed, Major

Subscriber onlyMembers of the Patriot Guard clad in leather adorned with evidence of patriotism, their motorcycles' American flags waiting outside, filed one by one past the cremated remains of Major Glen Fairchild. Each paused to face his flag-draped urn before offering a slow-motion solemn salute to honor the career the 74-year-old veteran had devoted to his country in Vietnam and beyond. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Preserving the factory

A special bill

Subscriber onlyA draft bill likely to be filed as early as Monday and heard in special session, if two-thirds of our legislators support it, would in effect neuter the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and establish a law preserving C&H Hog Farms in the Buffalo National River watershed. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Missing fathers

Subscriber onlyControversial author Suzanne Venker, a mother and former teacher of at-risk youth who frequently writes on family and culture, has a deadly serious message for America. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Words on a maverick

Talking Trump

Subscriber onlyMost of us have strong views about our 45th president ranging from boorish and immoral to brilliant and fearless. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Our complex dilemma

As killers thinketh

Subscriber onlyThere should be no better protected sites in our free country than schools, churches and hospitals. They are places where expectations of safety and security are justified and deserved. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Science on the Buffalo

Subscriber onlyThose intent on leaving C&H Hog Farms in its precarious location along the Buffalo National River watershed are advocating science, rather than emotion, to make their case. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Failing the Preamble

Not their intent

Subscriber onlyThose who attended public schools during the 1950s will remember having to memorize the Preamble to our Constitution. Written in 1787, this opening paragraph expressed the framers' intentions in establishing the Constitution, while expressing expectations for how the United States should function as a democratic republic. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Road through Damascus

Still a speed trap

Subscriber onlyAnxious motorists passing through citation-happy Damascus will continue breathing a little easier since Faulkner County Circuit Judge Chris Carnahan ruled the town's constitutional challenge to Arkansas' speed-trap law as "moot." Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: The life of plants

Subscriber onlyAfter completing the 1973 book "The Secret Life of Plants" by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, it was obvious I’d just read something profound. I spent several minutes afterward contemplating the deeper significance of green life forms from begonias to Brussels sprouts. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Pandering to fear

Sky’s not falling

Subscriber onlyThe predictable campaign aimed at frightening the good folks in and around Newton County into believing their farms and ranches are somehow in danger of closing remains in full swing politically. Unjustified fear, rather than scientifically justifiable concerns over serious risk, is an easy tactic. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Life lessons

Shades of gray

Subscriber onlyThroughout my 20s, I viewed the world in black or white. In my simple-minded perspective there existed right or wrong, good or bad, worthy, unworthy, selfish, greedy. There was no gray. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Fatal notoriety

Subscriber onlyIt’s time to celebrate the 2017 Darwin Awards, named for the great Charles Darwin in recognition of those who’ve contributed most to humanity’s gene pool by removing themselves from it. Continue reading...