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Humble roach holds key to human survival

Subscriber onlyJust in case you had not heard, humans are marked for extinction. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the Doomsday Clock to 2.5 minutes before midnight in 2017. This is scientists' delicate way of informing us that, due to nuclear weapons proliferation, climate change, terrorism, and Facebook; we are all pretty much toast. But, wait! Other scientists inform us that we may be saved by a combining of our genes with the lowly and disgusting cockroach. Continue reading...

Tax exemptions: Tricky to deny, hard on poor folk

Subscriber onlyNo one publicly thought revising the state's tax code or at least trying to do so on an interim basis would become such vitriolic campaign fodder -- at least in the GOP primary. Continue reading...

The moral obligation of educators

Subscriber onlyYou will rarely see me criticize teachers. Continue reading...

Gracie finds her voice

Subscriber onlyIt's a terrible thing when fear makes you lose your voice. But it happened to Gracie. Gracie was our beloved pet, an adult dog that we rescued. When we adopted her, she was in very poor health. She needed help. Her markings were pure Jack Russell Terrier, a lively breed and a lovely dog. We passed over frisky puppies to choose her, being drawn to... what? Something in her eyes? Continue reading...

Angela escapes death

Subscriber only(Part two of two-part story) I kept meeting with Angela's mom and dad to pray together. In the intensive care unit, her days had become weeks, then months. I admired her parents' love for their daughter. Being Roman Catholic, they welcomed everyone's prayers. They knew their girl needed more than what medical skill could do. Angela's college friends kept praying. Continue reading...

Bored? Schedule a colonoscopy!

Subscriber onlyThe nagging from my primary care physician was incessant, so I finally got around to having my colon scoped for polyps, cancers and chewing gum swallowed during my childhood. Kids, this is one of the things you can look forward to once you hit the age of 50. Continue reading...

Librarians and Libraries to change Arkansas' future

Subscriber onlySetting the record straight, I, for one, was transformed by Arkansas' public libraries and public schools. Continue reading...

Courage 75 years ago

Subscriber onlyGreater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) Continue reading...