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New teeth

posted: 07/24/2016 2:08 a.m. Discuss

I'm reclined nervously in the dental chair at Integrated Dentistry in Mountain Home staring into the glowing dental light. Dr. Derrick Johnson has just applied the topical stuff that dulls sensation in the rear gums on both sides to ease any discomfort from the numbing injections he'll soon administer before removing four upper molars.

No limits on abuse

posted: 07/23/2016 3:18 a.m. Comments 3

Place me squarely in the camp that believes protecting the elderly and most dependent among us in nursing homes far outweighs the desire of the group calling itself Health Care Access for Arkansans to limit the amount of legal damages such facilities must pay to residents they victimize through neglect or abuse.

MIKE MASTERSON: Light punishment

posted: 07/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

In a travesty, former prison chaplain Kenneth Dewitt will spend five whole years in prison after admittedly using his position to repeatedly abuse three female inmates confined in the state's McPherson Women's Unit in Newport.

Calling it quits?

posted: 07/17/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

I'm sure state Sen. Bart Hester of Cave Springs must have had his political justifications for his motion last month to the Arkansas Legislative Council not to approve a proposal to review the state's smoking "Quitline" contract that in 2014-15 alone helped some 3,800 citizens to stop smoking tobacco. The council adopted Hester's motion.

Room to improve

posted: 07/16/2016 2:16 a.m. Comment 1

Findings from the study "2016's Best and Worst States for Women" by the personal finance website WalletHub show Arkansas doesn't fare well across many categories, including median income and those living in poverty.


posted: 07/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 25

Two painful blows reduced our democratic republic of laws (and public confidence in enforcing them) to shock and tears last week.

Conversation with Fadil

posted: 07/10/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

I've written previously of the compassionate Muslim Fayetteville businessman, Fadil Bayyari, and all he's done and continues to do for others. Fadil is the Palestinian-born American who several years ago used his successful construction firm to construct Fayetteville's Jewish synagogue at his cost. It's the kind of honorable man he is.

Why I signed

posted: 07/09/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Surrounding states for years have raked in many millions each year from lottery games and other forms of legalized gambling.

MIKE MASTERSON: Email timeline

posted: 07/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

In March 2015, the University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture's Big Creek Research and Extension Team retained Oklahoma State University geology professor and hydrologist Todd Halihan and associate Jon Fields to perform electrical resistivity imaging studies on waste spray fields used by owners of C&H Hog Farms at Mount Judea.

Dogwood Canyon

posted: 07/03/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Johnny Morris, the Springfield family man/entrepreneur whose creative dreams resulted in Bass Pro Shops, Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock, has spent years converting a less-celebrated historic canyon that spans the Arkansas-Missouri border into 10,000 emerald acres akin to the Garden of Eden.




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