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HOLLENBECK: Don't count the skinnies out; there are some that are 'magnificent'

March 12, 2012

When I referred to them as a group, it was by the moniker "The Magnificent Seven."
This wasn't a band of American gunmen hired to protect a small agricultural village in Mexico from a group of marauding Mexican bandits. Indeed they bore no resemblance to Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, and Horst Buchholz, who portrayed the mighty seven in the movie that was actually a western-style remake based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Japanese film "Seven Samurai."
Nope. This was the feline version, but they were indeed magnificent.

REP. TIM GRIFFIN: Job creators need a break from President Obama's aggressive regulatory agenda

March 12, 2012

When President Obama’s $825 billion stimulus bill was signed into law, he promised it would save or create 3.5 million jobs and keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent. Three years later, with 12.7 million Americans looking for work and unemployment above 8 percent for 37 straight months and counting, the economic recovery President Obama promised us still hasn’t happened. By any standard, the stimulus has failed and only served to dig our country deeper into debt.

DAVIS: It's time to let our old friend go

March 7, 2012

The Benton School Board took a bold step this week. Not only did it take measures to complete the sports complex but it also helped chart a course, along with others in the city, to set a footprint downtown that could dramatically change the complexion of Benton.

DAVIS: Unfettered time taught lesson of use

March 5, 2012

Recently, I had the good fortune of unfettered free time. A full day or two of nothing specifically planned to do. No agenda. No deadlines. No particular place to go. And that’s exactly where I went. Nowhere in particular...at least that was the plan. Unbeknownst to me, circumstances and surroundings had been charted for me.
I spent time exploring our fine county of Saline. The only goal I had was to find places to photograph interesting scenes, objects or people.
The scenes and people were interesting, but it was the objects that caught my imagination.

HOLLENBECK: Academy Awards time: Hooray for Hollywood and all its glory

March 5, 2012

Watching the Academy Awards has been a ritual for most of my life.
My enthusiasm for the broadcast has waned in recent years since I don't go to the movies the way I did in earlier years.
In previous decades, I watched every movie, I knew facts about all the actors and I could spout out personal and professional information about most of them.

HUGHES: Public persons should learn to wear fire suits.

February 28, 2012

Several weeks ago I wrote a column about how important the early pamphleteers were to our nation’s freedom. Part of that tome also pointed to how changing technologies had rendered the need for a printing press moot and that one of the Internet’s greatest boons to mankind and freedom was that anyone with access can make their opinions known.

HOLLENBECK: Women's dress shops held a special place in small town life.

February 20, 2012

While I'm a staunch supporter of progress — real progress, not just change for change's sake — I do find it sad to see the passing of many institutions that once were at the heart of community life. Particularly in small towns.
One such entity that is a rarity today is the women's dress shop.
Every little town of any appreciable size had a nice dress shop and a men's shop. Benton can still boast having this for the male customer in Rhea's, but places like The Fashion, The Style Shop, The Happening (and others I may not recall here) are relegated to memory.

DAVIS: A goat, a cabbie and a cemetery

February 17, 2012

Lessons about life seem to just happen to me when I least expect it. The month of August has provided many…and from the least likely of sources. Oddly enough, the catalyst for this month long journey of introspection and odd circumstances began with reading a flyer at work that I received in the mail.

HOLLENBECK: Early newspapers set the stage for the rest of my life

February 13, 2012

Knowing of my passion for animals, someone recently asked me if in my formative years I ever thought about becoming a veterinarian.
I'm not sure why that never made it to my "wanna be when I'm grown up" list, but it didn't.
It might have had something to do with the fact that even as a youngster I knew a vet had to be proficient in science and chemistry and lots of stuff like that, none of which was my forte.
I was born and reared to deal with words and music and the like. Throw in a little drama and literature also. But nothing of the scientific for me.

DAVIS: When will it end in Bryant?

January 19, 2012

I know it may sound a bit perplexing to hear a newspaper editor wonder about a situation in which a local government is embroiled in controversy, allegations of misconduct and counter-charges between conflicting groups in a city. After all, these shenanigans provide a constant stream of material and a ready source of news stories. But from the viewpoint of a citizen of this fine county, one has to look back at it all and ask, ‘When will it all end in Bryant?’

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