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Sense and Nonsense: Don't panic; police alerted to bad habits

April 15, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Oral hygiene is rarely high on the list for children, particularly the male kind.
Most little girls, who are more fastidious by nature, don't object to a regular tooth-brushing routine. But a boy child can be another matter altogether.
Little boys and dirt tend to go hand in hand anyway. And the ones I raised were always so eager to get to their next activity that they gladly would have skipped toothbrush time altogether.
A friend who takes an active role in her grandchildren's lives recently shared a tooth-brushiing moment.

Common Sense: Could you do it?

April 12, 2013

By Brent Davis

The debate over gun control completely misses the real issue. Giving everyone a gun isn't the answer. Neither is taking away pistols, rifles and shotguns of law abiding citizens.The real heart of the matter is a question we all must ask of ourselves and is vastly more important than a trivial alliance to conservative or liberal ideology.

Aging pipelines might fuel oil sands debate

April 11, 2013

By Steve Boggs

The rupture in Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline near Mayflower last week has touched off numerous debates about the present state of America’s aging pipeline system. The pipeline that spilled 12,000 gallons of Canadian oil was originally laid in the 1940s, and its soundness 70 years later should be called into question.

Sense and Nonsense: 'Supper's ready, little children; come and get it'

April 11, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

As attention was focused on Holy Week and activities leading up to Easter, many conversations touched on references to particular scriptures.
This also came about as a result of many people watching the History Channel's broadcast of "The Bible," which depicted events related to the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.
By no means could I be called a biblical scholar; but by living with one for nearly 37 years, some of that knowledge did rub off on me. And I confess I'm a purist about certain passages that are fully ingrained into my psyche.

Sense and Nonsense: A day of rebirth and freedom from shoe bondage

April 1, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Today is Easter Sunday, a milestone for those of us who grew up in the church.
By "church," I don't mean the little Cumberland Presbyterian body that's a big part of my life and where I play the piano every Sunday. I mean the church at large, not any particular denomination.
Attendance in most congregations swells on this holiest of days, which is great. Better to go one day out of the year than none, though I've never understood why so many avoid corporate worship most of the other Sundays of the year.

Sense and Nonsense: 'Dad, where did I come from' gets many responses

March 25, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Parents — probably since the beginning of time — dread the day when they have to enlighten their children about the onset of life.
You know what I mean. The old "birds and bees" stuff; facts of life; creation; whatever you want to call it.
This can sometimes be the theme for movies and television shows, even TV commercials, where a kid raises a pointed question that begs for some "real" information.
The days are long past when kids will buy into the stork story.
I don't remember my mother ever having this biological discussion with me.

Arkansas in Obamacare spotlight

March 25, 2013

By Steve Boggs, publisher.

The state of Arkansas has become the focal point in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Also known as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act included many controversial aspects. One was the mandate that every person carries health insurance, or faces a fine. The Supreme Court upheld that mandate when challenged in court. The other was forcing states to expand the Medicaid program to include everyone making 138 percent of the federal poverty level in wages. That one got struck down by the Supreme Court.

Common Sense: The sounds of the game stay with you

March 25, 2013

By Brent Davis, editor.

America's national pastime is gearing up for another season. Exhibition games have begun and player evaluations are underway. The "boys of summer" may be dealing with frigid temperatures in some regions of the country, but the enthusiasm they have for the game provides a layer of insulation that is difficult to penetrate.

Enter the Net: Memories of ice cream trucks and El Cena Casa

March 25, 2013

By David Hughes

Just about each week I enjoy a long talk with a long-time friend during which he catches me up with what’s going on in town and we reminisce about the good old days and, of course, conversate on how to fix what’s wrong with the world.
We met in high school, first because I was attracted to his sister, but she felt she could do a lot better (grin,) and of course – she was right. But, our friendship was my introduction to the kids at Bauxite High School, who might as well as been from Mars before he and I started hanging out.

Common Sense: Keeping both hands on the wheel across generations

March 20, 2013

By Brent Davis, editor.

One topic that inevitable arises when baby boomers gather is how things were different when we were younger. Peppered throughout the conversation are the words "You can't let kids do that anymore." When my generation was younger, we played outside until it was way beyond dark. We came home from school and rode our bikes everywhere. We walked to town to buy candy at the Sterlings Store downtown. Every generation looks back. It's natural.
It's also a natural progression of society, unfortunately so.

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