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posted: 09/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Every hometown seems inexorably linked with each person's state of mind. Those of us with positive memories of family and friends where we were born naturally perceive it in that light, a cherished physical location key to who we are as adults.


posted: 09/17/2017 1:51 a.m. Comments 3

As the state of Arkansas waits for the Department of Environmental Quality (wheeze) to complete its review of the permit renewal for the hog factory in our precious Buffalo National River watershed, a lot of public interest in protecting the environment has continued to grow across the state.


posted: 09/16/2017 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Hog football coach Bret Bielema could use a common-sense filter when it comes to publicly shaming his players — well, one of them, anyway.

OPINION : MIKE MASTERSON: Indefatigable Dorm

posted: 09/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Most of us know those who make our communities better in various ways. It only takes one person with unique passion and drive to spark changes and the resulting ripples that benefit so many.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: Doc's perspective

posted: 09/10/2017 1:47 a.m. Comments 2

I've always believed the information and firsthand experiences many subscribers offer can be at least (often more so) as relevant to others as my own thoughts. That's why I share them from time to time.

OPINION : MASTERSON ONLINE: Prosecutor clamps down

posted: 09/09/2017 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Meanwhile, back at the turmoil over three city directors accused of violating the state’s Freedom of Information Act by privately discussing and planning city business in their personal emails: You may recall Fort Smith attorney and transparency champion Joey McCutchen sued Andre Good, Michael Lorenz and Keith Lau personally for their email discussions over how best to handle the initial lawsuit McCutchen filed against the Fort Smith board of directors for its members doing similar behind-the-scenes emailing. He’d proposed to settle his lawsuit for an apology and the promise they’d not repeat that behavior.

OPINION : MIKE MASTERSON: The costs of college

posted: 09/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

I should begin by saying it was the correct choice for me to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Arkansas during the Pleistocene era (1971). That was 46 years ago. Today the expense of attending college, much less taking four to six years to earn a degree, keeps skyrocketing.

OPINION: Bugs and Buffalo

posted: 09/03/2017 1:50 a.m. Comments 2

I'm plopped in a rocking chair on the front porch at twilight, sipping a peach-flavored beverage and contemplating the state of our troubled nation. My thoughts turn to recent stories about our White House being completely refurbished from the floors to furnishings.


posted: 09/02/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

I’m flat bewildered after reading that our universities are steadily encroaching on responsibilities long borne by the state’s 22 public community colleges.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: Lucrative for some

posted: 08/29/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

Ask most anyone and I'm betting they will name absurdly soaring health-care costs as America's No. 1 problem; an economic and personal threat in dire need of meaningful reform.






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