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Sense and Nonsense: Let's hear it for Rudy and anyone who's loved a dog

July 18, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Kudos to the Benton Police Department for showing the local community and the rest of the world that police officers have a heart.
Too much of the time we see the absolutely necessary stern fronts they have to present to the public. Police people try not to reveal the mushy, gushy stuff because their very jobs — often their very lives — depend on it.
But underneath the blue are the same feelings the rest of us have and are allowed to display openly, without apology.
This is all being said in response to the tender ending that was afforded to K-9 Rudy.

Shelby Says: All gave some, some gave all

July 10, 2013

By Shelby Woodall

This week, I’m not disputing any points of view. I’m not arguing with the actions of our government.
This may be an opinion column, but sometimes you just have to stop and be grateful. By “grateful,” I mean remembering true heroes and casting a bold “thank you” to our men and women of valor.

Coca-Cola: For many, it's 'the real thing'

July 9, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Among the "official" emails I have recently received was one informing me that I had been awarded an astronomical amount of money from a Coca-Cola promotion drawing held in the UK.
I wonder how many people receiving this bought into it and supplied the required information that is supposed to bring the prize money to their pocketbooks. Probably more than I would imagine.
Perhaps one of the secrets of successful scamming is to relate the promotion to a common product, and who doesn't know about Coca-Cola. It's a household commodity for many people.

Sense and Nonsense: Honoring fathers for giving much more than life

June 17, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Sunday is Father's Day when we pay tribute to those whose paternal guidance has shaped our lives and for many continues to be a strong influence.
Most countries celebrate this event on the third Sunday of June. It was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.

And some, we lost forever

June 13, 2013

By Madison Lowe

The night of May 30 was surreal.Every expectation I had for how I would leave my high school behind was fulfilled.
It couldn’t have been more perfect.
The night started with a gathering of friends and pictures and butterflies fluttering their wings in every senior’s stomach.
I picked my way through the crowd saying hello and snapping a picture with some whom I know I may never see again. The thought of this being my last goodbye to 544 people that I grew up with was hard to swallow.

Sense and Nonsense: To sleep on back or on stomach: A critical dilemma

June 12, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Recently, as I spent some time in the waiting room of a doctor's office, I flipped through a copy of "Parenting" magazine.
At this juncture, I'm perusing this journal out of curiosity, not to glean wisdom as I once would have done.
It can be enlightening to find out all the mistakes I made when I was bringing up my children. They're all alive and well and are productive, functioning members of society, but the experts would say that's somewhat of a miracle because of all the things I did wrong when they were were in their formative years.

IRS now the target

June 6, 2013

By Steve Boggs

There’s a reason so many people are upset about the latest Internal Revenue Service scandal, and it’s not because some agents targeted conservative groups. It’s because they targeted anybody.
The IRS isn’t supposed to be take sides. Its agents aren’t supposed to care whom you voted for, or how you stand on the issues. Their only reason to exist is to make sure you pay your taxes, and follow federal and state tax codes. Period, end of story.

Get the Point: Singing sheriff an icon to a now old man — me

June 6, 2013

By David Hughes

One of the iconic people in my life is “the singing sheriff,” Joe Lee Richards, but my friendship with him predates his terms in office by many years. Joe Lee was one of the guys who helped usher me into the brotherhood of C.B. radio back in the early ‘60s.
Later, as I was beginning to develop my skills as a news photographer, he would let me ride along with him in his rocket-powered police cruiser and regale me with stories of busting bad guys and making the county’s highways safe.

Mistaken for a Chaamba

June 4, 2013

By Jennifer Joyner

The canopy of lush vegetation surrounding us blocked out most of the sunlight, making it impossible to tell what time of day it was and creating what felt to us like a completely different world.

Sense and Nonsense: Renewing the ties that bind one more time

June 4, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

While folks with ties to Bauxite were renewing old friendships last weekend at the Bauxite Reunion, I was over in Eastern Arkansas picking up pieces of the past at the biannual Cotton Plant Get-together.
As far as I can tell, both events appear to be going strong.

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