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Opinion - Column One: Confession

posted: 09/24/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. To such an extent I can't even remember when, where or if I last made confession. The truth is, Father, I don't want to be human any more. The only feeling I have left is pain. Of course you understand, for that's your profession, your calling, your obsession in and out of the confession box. You make it a point to be judgmental, especially when calling on others not to judge lest they be judged by the same measure they use to judge others. Am I mistaken? If so, I'm sure you'll tell me so from your place on high.

OPINION: Sad stories of state suicides

posted: 09/24/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time to remind us that while murderers always get screen time on the evening news, suicide is the stealthy killer that takes even more lives.

Critical Mass: No trivial bullets: Shooting Herzog

posted: 09/24/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

"I believe the common denominator of the universe is not harmony but chaos, hostility and murder."

LET'S TALK: Move it, move it, move it ... for health

posted: 09/24/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

So, even if we exercise, sitting around all the time can lead to early death.

The TV Column: CBS premieres Young Sheldon, others Monday

posted: 09/24/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

The highly anticipated Big Bang Theory spinoff Young Sheldon premieres at 7:30 p.m. Monday on CBS. I found it charming family fare and have added it to our weekly DVR list.

Spin Cycle: Theft of cactus 'son' jabs Little Rock man in the heart

posted: 09/24/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

William D. Gould is having a tough month. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock sophomore just got finished sorting things at the bank after someone stole his identity.

OPINION: The president as a poker player

posted: 09/24/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

I used to play a little poker.

OPINION: A revitalization dream team

posted: 09/24/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

As we toured the Murphy Arts District in downtown El Dorado several weeks ago, Madison Murphy stopped to take a call on his cell phone. I shouldn't have been surprised to learn that the subject of the phone conversation was wine. After all, the Murphy family owns a California winery named Presqu'ile in the heart of Santa Barbara County's Santa Maria Valley.

OPINION: No place like it

posted: 09/24/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

They say the best things in life are worth waiting for. After nine years of waiting, what's being called the grandest celebration of wildlife conservation on the planet has opened its doors adjacent to the Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, Mo.

OPINION: In the hall of ... shame?

posted: 09/24/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Each Wednesday I speak on the issues of the day to a retirees' class. The big news last week was the resurgent Republican effort in the U.S. Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Hog calls: QB Allen looking for the right hook

posted: 09/23/2017 2:59 a.m. Comment 1

Dr. Phil, the noted TV psychologist, didn't accompany Frank Ragnow's fishing expedition with Arkansas Razorbacks teammate Austin Allen.

Drivetime Mahatma: New fancy ID license 2020 thing

posted: 09/23/2017 2:56 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Mahatma: I need to renew my driver's license next month. After reading an article in the newspaper, I'm not sure what I need to have to get the new, fancy-pants license that will be required in the future. I was simply confused, and hope you can clarify. -- Linda

OPINION: A Delta pilot project

posted: 09/23/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

The weather is perfect as we sit on the deck of the old freight depot at Arkansas City in Desha County that Robert Moore Jr. affectionately refers to as Peck's Southeast. If there's a more peaceful place to be in the Arkansas Delta on this September afternoon, I'm not aware of it.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 09/23/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q I have Super-tunias in concrete pots with a drip line. They get watered every day for about 10 minutes. They are in full sun all day. They have become very leggy and thin, with very few leaves. What am I doing wrong? Also, I had Wave petunias in another concrete pot that were stunning, and almost overnight they turned brown and died. They got heavy afternoon sun, and the sprinkler watered them daily. Again, what am I doing wrong?

DEAR ABBY: Last child left at home balks at mother's plans to move

posted: 09/23/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I'm a guy in college, majoring in computer science. I live with my mother, who's in her 60s and works as an elementary school teacher.

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