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OPINION - Column One: The Delta must stand on its own

posted: 04/30/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

No wonder it's shocking news. It seems this still new president may have meant what he said about cutting waste and fat out of the federal budget, which means putting the multi-state Delta Regional Authority out of business. Who ever heard of such a thing? For here's a federal anti-poverty agency actually shutting its doors after all those years of benefiting mainly the anti-poverty workers who drew paychecks for staying on the payroll in one exalted capacity or another.

OPINION: Making a dollar in Chelsea

posted: 04/30/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

It's called the Tribeca Film Festival, but often I spend most of my time here in Chelsea.

OPINION: Land lines

posted: 04/30/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

The arrival of telegraph service in Arkansas in the late 1850s opened the formerly isolated state to an era of almost instantaneous communication with the outside world. The next big leap came with the railroads, which allowed for the overnight delivery of newspapers, which used the telegraph to report on happenings from Memphis to Chicago to Bangor, to many parts of the state. Less than a generation later came the next great leap, the telephone, a technology which allowed for the transmission of the human voice.

Dear Abby: Daughter tired of fighting to regain angry mom's favor

posted: 04/30/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: Six years ago, not long after I announced to my family that I was going to be married, my parents decided to divorce because Dad had been cheating on Mom. Because I allowed him to walk me down the aisle, she didn't attend my wedding. I was extremely hurt by it, but decided to forgive and forget. Unfortunately, my mother could not do that.

OPINION: Out of obscurity

posted: 04/30/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

How does a public high school go from opening with 17 students in 2004 to being ranked as the 60th best in the nation by 2017?

OPINION: Yes, it could get worse

posted: 04/30/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

At week's end, Republicans in Washington appeared to be resurrecting for triumphant grandstand display their slap-dashed health care "reform" measure.

Drivetime Mahatma: Arkansas' roadsides all abloom

posted: 04/29/2017 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Dear Fellow Retiree: My husband I recently drove to Key West. We noticed many interstate exits in Florida are beautifully landscaped with palms, magnolias and flowers. My first thought was Wow! Does the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department have a landscape budget? If not, can we get one and add magnolias, dogwoods, redbuds and flowers to our exits? -- Natural State Dreamer

OPINION: Science, not emotion

posted: 04/29/2017 2:08 a.m. Comments 2

John Ikerd, an internationally respected respected University of Missouri professor emeritus of agricultural economics, has significant points to make about the realities of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). I call them corporate-supported meat factories such as the one that continues to generate intense controversy in our Buffalo National River watershed.

In the Garden

posted: 04/29/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a 7-year-old asparagus bed that I did not harvest until the third year. Since then I have enjoyed lots of yummy asparagus. Last year's harvest was a bit disappointing, and so far this year it has been downright pitiful: not one fat spear, just some skinny spears and lots of skinny spears ferning out way too soon (too short to be doing this). I noticed last year that some areas had skinny spears and not the nice fat ones from previous years. Now it seems to be the entire bed. Could the last two mild winters have anything to do with this? I have spent a lot of time congratulating myself on this asparagus bed and perhaps not enough time doing ... what?

DEAR ABBY: Daughter is in the doghouse after pets leave hairy mess

posted: 04/29/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: When my daughter and her family come to visit, they are very messy. They have a 3- and a 4-year-old and two large, long-haired dogs. I can deal with the children's messiness -- but the dogs, no.

Hog Calls: Hogs miss out on Drake, Penn Relays

posted: 04/29/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Today, the Razorbacks traditionally would conclude a great three days at one of America's two great relay carnivals.

The Recruiting Guy: LB prospect making unofficial visit Saturday

posted: 04/28/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas is expected to host one of the top linebacker prospects in Texas for an unofficial visit during Saturday's Red-White game.

ON FILM: Film criticism a rarity

posted: 04/28/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A few years ago, a friend identified me to a young man of his acquaintance as "the guy who writes about movies for the newspaper."

OPINION: Rural ex libris

posted: 04/28/2017 2:42 a.m. Discuss

I like the modernized quote from Marcus Tullius Cicero better than the strict Latin translation: "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

DEAR ABBY: Teen struggles after heroin addiction claims dad's life

posted: 04/28/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I'm 15. I lost my dad two months ago. I found him when I got out of the shower. He had overdosed on heroin.

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