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Ken Bridges | Pryor challenged by mother on hursing homes

Oct 20, 2014 3:19pm

“What are you going to do about it?” implored a mother to her son one day. The year was 1969, and US Rep. David Pryor was being confronted by his mother about a serious problem facing an aunt in a...

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Ralph Shaffer | Death on the Back Nine

Sep 17, 2014 1:25pm

The golf analogy - describing aging as the back nine of life - has become an obsession with Internet writers and my email companions who finally realize they are getting old. I’ve seen the same...

Sherman Frederick | Get to work, Mr. President

Sep 17, 2014 1:23pm

With apologies to the movie “Forrest Gump,” presidents are like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.

Sometimes you get a president who exceeds expectations, and...

Dr. Ken Bridges | Albert Pike cast long shadow over Arkansas

Sep 16, 2014 10:13am

He was a Massachusetts man, but he fell in love with Arkansas. In the process, Albert Pike, the largely self-educated lawyer, writer, general, and adventurer became early Arkansas’ most outspoken...

Steve Barnes | Minimum wage and remembering a faithful staff member

Sep 16, 2014 8:49am

Advocates of a higher state minimum wage got it done, submitting valid petition signatures that, according to the secretary of state, were about half again the threshold number (approximately 60,...

Sherman Frederick | Rattlesnakes in the house

Sep 10, 2014 2:41pm

Leave rattlesnakes alone. They don’t want to bother you anymore than you want to bother them. Pretty good libertarian rule.

But when rattlesnakes nest in your house, then it’s time to make...

Nate Strauch | Putting the ‘you’ in utopia

Sep 10, 2014 2:40pm

It’s a great premise, I’ll give them that. Executives at Fox have green-lit a new reality show called “Utopia.” The network is dumping 15 people onto a secluded compound and tasking them with...

Ken Bridges | ‘Toltec’ Mounds have long, complicated history

Sep 09, 2014 6:51am

It is a story that stretches back more than twelve hundred years in Arkansas, and it started with a letter. In 1876, Mary Eliza Knapp wrote to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, to...

Kenneth Bridges | Corbin was ‘Father of Arkansas African-American Higher Education’

Sep 02, 2014 7:12am

Joseph Carter Corbin built one of the most successful African-American universities in the nation from nothing and helped keep it alive when so many forces threatened to wreck it. He was born in...

Ken Bridges | Pope had key role in state’s history

Aug 26, 2014 7:29am

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Pope had key role in state’s history

John Pope was the third territorial governor of Arkansas and a man who helped steer Arkansas out of its wilderness era. However, his...

Dr. Kenneth Bridges | Davis charmed early television audiences

Aug 20, 2014 1:14pm

In the days when westerns dominated the new invention of television, one Arkansas actress charmed audiences across the nation with her colorful portrayals. Gail Davis, once called by longtime...