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Memorial Day reflections

Subscriber onlySaving Private Ryan came out in theaters in 1998 but it remains a powerful movie, not just for its prominent place in the film industry, but because of its lasting tribute to American citizens who fought in World War II. Continue reading...

Summer reading filled with local books, journals

Subscriber onlyWith all that is going on in politics, it is certainly time for us to take a break and talk about things that matter -- like good summer reading material. Continue reading...

Side Effects

Subscriber onlyWith the mind-numbed robots all following Rush Limbaugh, and the Trumped-up conservatives staying loyal to the President, who do we turn to now for real news? Who can we trust to tell us the truth? Anyone? Putin perhaps? The BBC? The Pope? Continue reading...

Baseball reflections

Subscriber onlyWhen I was a twelve-year- old in the summer of 1974, the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates were battling it out for the lead in the National League East, but this year both the Cardinals and the Pirates got off to a very sluggish start. Continue reading...

Scattershooting: items from 91st General Assembly

Subscriber onlyWith the end of the 91st General Assembly and an Extraordinary Special Session concluded, this writer's notebook of tidbits from down Little Rock way is full to overflowing. Continue reading...

Fan the flames

Subscriber only"Give me my health insurance or I will die," said the perfectly healthy working age Democratic woman to the Republican Representative. With cameras rolling, the media feeding-frenzy was like sharks in the water smelling blood. TV news likes to show visual stuff: house fires, car wrecks, brawls on airplanes, and lately, elected representatives being scolded. Continue reading...

Health inspections

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