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OPINION: ‘Clearly malfeasant’

posted: 03/28/2017 2:40 a.m. Discuss

A former 30-year veteran of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (wheeze) has written an explosive letter claiming malfeasance and flawed findings, saying that agency inexplicably failed to consult its own geologists before issuing the original permit to C&H Hog Farms at Mount Judea.

OPINION: In search of perfection

posted: 03/26/2017 1:51 a.m. Comment 1

Some may search for diamonds while others hunt for gold. Gary Garrison's life quest today seeks frozen treasures in plastic molds.

OPINION: More JBS charges

posted: 03/25/2017 2:31 a.m. Comments 2

The Brazil-based meatpacker that provides and purchases the more than 6,000 swine raised by C&H Hog Farms in the Buffalo National River watershed is in trouble after police say it was caught giving payoffs to inspectors and politicians to allow the sale of spoiled meat.


posted: 03/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (wheeze) has extended its public comment period until April 6.

OPINION: On travel ban

posted: 03/19/2017 1:45 a.m. Comments 6

With California's notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and other federal judges deciding to block President Trump's executive orders which would temporarily restrict travel to our country by citizens from six Muslim nations, I wanted to know more about the law that gives every president such powers.

Loot or legacy?

posted: 03/18/2017 2:10 a.m. Discuss

There's no place better suited for deep reflection than a parting tribute for a person whose life left an indelible legacy prompting admiration and praise.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: Missing deadline?

posted: 03/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

The Department of Environmental Quality (wheeze) has set what strikes me as an arbitrary, even premature, deadline of March 17 to end public comment about granting a new and revised operating permit for C&H Hog Farms, operating in our fragile Buffalo National River watershed.

OPINION: Lies and dropped passes

posted: 03/12/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

What do presidential lies, bureaucratic failures, broken vows and laws, national media failures and dropped passes have in common?

OPINION: No graft worth it

posted: 03/11/2017 1:59 a.m. Comment 1

Several have asked for my thoughts about the two Republican former legislators and a pair of businessmen recently indicted on federal corruption charges as part of a lucrative kickback scheme using our tax dollars.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: Thankful for Thelma

posted: 03/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Sweet, devoted, feisty and spirit-filled Thelma Reeves of Harrison last Friday was nearing the end of her purposeful stay in this world last Friday. I'm sorry most of you never had the chance to know her.






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