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Recent Stories by Mike Masterson

OPINION: Road to Damascus

posted: 05/28/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Wish I could say I feel sympathy for the alleged speed-trap community of Damascus after a circuit judge dismissed its request to temporarily allow its team of ticket-writing police to continue patrolling highways, including U.S. 65, through the heart of town.

OPINION: Back on Bull Shoals

posted: 05/27/2017 2:58 a.m. Discuss

The sun was setting as I pulled up to Ken Reeves' boathouse on Bull Shoals Lake. Running two hours late for our 22nd weekend spring reunion, I fully expected to be ragged about my delayed arrival for our three-day reunion in Ken's floating cottage.

OPINION : MIKE MASTERSON: College or church?

posted: 05/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Can a private college after 40 years be rebranded as a church virtually overnight, thereby exempting it from FOIA requests to see how it handled public monies it received courtesy of legislators?

OPINION: If Buffalo flounders

posted: 05/21/2017 1:43 a.m. Discuss

I've known and respected Gov. Asa Hutchinson for decades, ever since he occupied the 3rd District seat held for 13 terms by my late uncle John Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison.

OPINION: A noble crusade

posted: 05/20/2017 2:13 a.m. Comments 8

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is on a noble crusade of sorts. She (and 37 other state attorneys general) wants the federal government to expand its Medicaid support for investigating potential elder abuse in unconventional care facilities such as private homes.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: Woes elsewhere

posted: 05/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A story by Brian Bienkowski appearing in Environmental Health News says bacteria spread from industrial hog factories (like the one our Department of Environmental Quality [wheeze] permitted into our Buffalo National River watershed) is contaminating some nearby North Carolina homes, lawns and even the air.

OPINION: Silver symbiosis

posted: 05/14/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

With hardwoods in emerald bloom, warm weather upon us and schools about to dismiss for the summer, I wondered just how many of us Arkansans regularly make the relatively short trip to the Silver Dollar City theme park near Branson. There's bound to be an army.

OPINION : 'Wrong for years'

posted: 05/13/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

The shameful case of Belynda Goff, the Green Forest mother who many, including me, believe was wrongfully convicted of murdering her husband Stephen in their home 23 years ago, finally is drawing the national attention it richly deserves.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: Absconding with Al

posted: 05/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

I can't shake my wildest visualizations after reading the headline last weekend about the three reportedly inebriated men allegedly breaking into the Witt Stephens Nature Center in downtown Little Rock and absconding with a reptile. I imagine a man whispering to an accomplice beside him in slurred speech: "Ya see that gator over yonder? Hold my beer. Watch this!"

OPINION: Started from zip

posted: 05/07/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

I enjoy sharing stories of those who make their own realities, much as Dr. Martin Schoppmeyer with his nationally honored Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville. Successfully converting creative thought into action inspires others to take the risks necessary to also attain their dreams.

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