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MIKE MASTERSON: Indefatigable Dorm

The hall of fame

Subscriber onlyMost of us know those who make our communities better in various ways. It only takes one person with unique passion and drive to spark changes and the resulting ripples that benefit so many. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Doc's perspective

Health-care costs

Subscriber onlyI've always believed the information and firsthand experiences many subscribers offer can be at least (often more so) as relevant to others as my own thoughts. That's why I share them from time to time. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Prosecutor clamps down

Subscriber onlyMeanwhile, back at the turmoil over three city directors accused of violating the state’s Freedom of Information Act by privately discussing and planning city business in their personal emails: You may recall Fort Smith attorney and transparency champion Joey McCutchen sued Andre Good, Michael Lorenz and Keith Lau personally for their email discussions over how best to handle the initial lawsuit McCutchen filed against the Fort Smith board of directors for its members doing similar behind-the-scenes emailing. He’d proposed to settle his lawsuit for an apology and the promise they’d not repeat that behavior. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: The costs of college

Is it worth it?

Subscriber onlyI should begin by saying it was the correct choice for me to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Arkansas during the Pleistocene era (1971). That was 46 years ago. Today the expense of attending college, much less taking four to six years to earn a degree, keeps skyrocketing. Continue reading...

Bugs and Buffalo

Front-porch musings

Subscriber onlyI'm plopped in a rocking chair on the front porch at twilight, sipping a peach-flavored beverage and contemplating the state of our troubled nation. My thoughts turn to recent stories about our White House being completely refurbished from the floors to furnishings. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: In new territory

Subscriber onlyI’m flat bewildered after reading that our universities are steadily encroaching on responsibilities long borne by the state’s 22 public community colleges. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Lucrative for some

Health-care ills

Subscriber onlyAsk most anyone and I'm betting they will name absurdly soaring health-care costs as America's No. 1 problem; an economic and personal threat in dire need of meaningful reform. Continue reading...

From worst to best

Turned around

Subscriber onlyWhat appears initially to be the worst of times in our lives suddenly turns out to become the best thing that could have happened to us. Just ask former Fayetteville High football star Terrance Rock. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Collision, again

Subscriber onlySurely to Neptune our modern fleet of Navy warships couldn’t possibly have been involved in four separate collisions at sea in a single year. Please tell me these reports are some kind of humorless joke or premature April Fool’s prank. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Mustard on that burger?

The chefly sort

Subscriber onlyIf you haven't met Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape, you've missed knowing a man who strikes me as the epitome of what every peace officer should be. Along with a ready sense of humor and infectious laugh, Slape displays a healthy measure of ingenuity with common sense that makes him easy to like and respect, probably even when he's attaching a set of cuffs. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Time Traveler

Ride of century

Subscriber onlyDimly lit Heritage Hall at Silver Dollar City was packed with chattering media types and coaster-lovers on "National Roller Coaster Day" in preparation for the Branson area park's unveiling of its largest attraction ever. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Witty Will Rogers

Subscriber onlyIn reflecting on exceptional wits of our time, I immediately picture Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) of Missouri and William “Will” Penn Adair Rogers from Oklahoma. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Sky full of drones?

Flying high

Subscriber onlyThose unmanned aerial vehicles we call drones began appearing in our skies a decade ago to a drizzle of public interest that has built into a thunderstorm. Continue reading...

Exploring the inexplicable

Life’s mysteries

Subscriber onlyI’m not alone when it comes to experiencing the inexplicable mysteries of life. Thought I’d share a few today. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Media and Mr. President

Subscriber onlyI have a question today, valued readers. Continue reading...