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OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: ‘Inattentive driving’ tickets

posted: 04/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

Little Damascus found itself treading hot water last year after then-prosecutor Cody Hiland (following a state investigation) officially deemed it a speed trap and temporarily yanked the town's authority to issue traffic citations.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: Growth opportunity

posted: 04/15/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

It seems surreal to realize that dial phones, encyclopedias, bulky 18-inch television sets requiring antennas, and record players were a normal way of life in 1960s America.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: Can divided nation heal?

posted: 04/14/2018 2:11 a.m. Comments 18

We baby boomers born of World War II veterans and their families came up largely accepting that each American has individual rights to believe, vote and worship as they please. After all, we are Americans who have invested our blood and treasure (and those of our ancestors) in preserving those freedoms.

Oggie and H.K.

posted: 04/10/2018 2:36 a.m. Comments 6

To anyone else in the busy restaurant they were a couple of well-dressed elderly gentlemen facing each other across the table, straining to hear the back-and-forth of their conversation.


posted: 04/08/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

After being found in violation of the state's Freedom of Information Act, the city of Fort Smith wants to narrow the legal definition of what this cherished Act considers to be a meeting, something the state's Supreme Court repeatedly has defined since the law was enacted in 1967.


posted: 04/07/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 27

With all the manufactured contentions over our country’s national anthem, I took a closer look at the lyrics penned by lawyer/amateur poet Francis Scott Key during the battle at Fort McHenry in 1814.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: Public events coming; back the Buffalo

posted: 04/03/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 10

As readers of this space know all too well, as with many, I am an unapologetic (some say fervent) supporter of protecting and preserving our country's first national river.

MIKE MASTERSON: Walmart to weapons

posted: 04/01/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 67

How about some random observations you might appreciate, or perhaps not so much?

OPINION: MASTERSON ONLINE: Chewing like a champ

posted: 03/31/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

His work is done. I have regained a full set of teeth after months of waiting for a freshly inserted bone matrix to mesh with my upper jawbone and rear gums and fully heal.


posted: 03/27/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Our new state law, Act 10 of the Second Extraordinary Session of 2018, which limits when the public can comment on permits previously issued to farms (animal factories), wasn't necessary because it needlessly codified existing Department of Environmental Quality regulations.






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