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Petty's Peculiar Folly: All in opposition

posted: 08/19/2014 2:52 a.m. Comment 1

Anyone who makes the mistake of believing Fayetteville Alderman Matthew Petty hasn't ignited a firestorm in that community with his misguided proposed ordinance to establish a commandant of anti-discriminatory behavior wasn't paying attention to the dozens of voices raised in unison that rallied on the town square and outside City Hall for three consecutive afternoons.

Abounding hunger

posted: 08/17/2014 1:52 a.m. Comments 2

Food insecurity exists

Civil War passions

posted: 08/16/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Watching veteran house painter Paul Guynn carefully slathering another layer on houses around Boone County, you'd never know he's spent 20 years amassing a museum-worthy display of Civil War artifacts inside his own rural home.

On the Buffalo: Tale of two letters

posted: 08/12/2014 2:30 a.m. Comments 4

For valued readers who mistakenly believe all public reactions to my columns about the state's unbelievable decision to permit a hog factory in the Buffalo National River watershed are roses and light, I invite you to meet the e-mailer named "Salty Dog."

Working on the railroad: Just a couple billion

posted: 08/10/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

It's official, say the regional planners. Light rail from Greenland northward to Bentonville is possible (the crowd cheers!).

Petty's peculiar folly

posted: 08/09/2014 2:20 a.m. Comment 1

Regular readers realize how opposed I am to the misguided "civil rights" ordinance proposed by Fayetteville alderman Matthew Petty for that city or any other in Arkansas.

Memo to SWEPCO: Just drop the line

posted: 08/05/2014 2:14 a.m. Comment 1

I'll tell ya, folks, this arguing to help protect and save the treasure God gave us with the majesty and natural waters of our Ozark Mountains has become darned near a full-time job for this fella who was born smack in the middle of them.

On the Buffalo: Candidates speak

posted: 08/03/2014 2:05 a.m. Comments 4

You may find it as unsurprising as I do to learn what both gubernatorial candidates have to say (and not) about our state wrongheadedly permitting that controversial hog factory at Mount Judea in our state's precious Buffalo National River watershed.

Athlete of the aisles

posted: 08/02/2014 3:06 a.m. Comment 1

There I was again, facing more harrowing moments of decision. With one coming up fast from behind and another whipping past within inches to my right, I knew I had to make my move. Imagine a swarm of crazed mosquitoes buzzing around you, intent on feeding.

Columnists: Return to the rockers

posted: 07/29/2014 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Nine years had passed since my daughter, Anna, and I shared rocking chairs on a cabin's deck at Gaston's White River Resort where the setting sun left us peacefully creaking back and forth well into the darkness.

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