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DAVIS: Don't be a rubbernecker

September 29, 2014

Bless the man or woman who steps out and makes the decision to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune as a candidate for public office. In my years as editor of this newspaper, I have had the privilege of meeting the great majority of these same people. Some win. Some lose. In both cases, some show more grace than others, but without the conviction to jump into fray that each candidate feels, the cities and the county that we all enjoy would be a lesser place to live. I believe the vast majority of them to be good people.

Why I stayed

September 12, 2014

Bobbye Pyke

In such a football conscious state, it is hard to believe that anyone missed the news about Ray Rice's contract being terminated with the Baltimore Ravens and his indefinite suspension from the NFL.

Rice's football career was upended on Monday after TMZ posted footage of Rice striking his then-fiancée, now wife, in an elevator. The blow knocked Janay Rice (formerly Palmer) unconscious and led to his arrest on assault charges.

HOLLENBECK: Is it a compliment or is the foot stuck in the mouth?

September 9, 2014

When is a compliment not a compliment? When it's padded with a partial insult.

Some people are notorious for this trait. They can't say something nice and just be done with it.

It's the old foot-in-the-mouth kind of thing, or what I call lefthanded praise. They don't necessarily intend to do this; it just happens.

You know the kind I mean. Like, "Hey, she doesn't look so bad for an old gal."

Or, "Why don't you try this dress? I'll bet it won't make you look so fat."

DAVIS: Sometimes comprehension doesn't come

August 25, 2014

The paths of two people crossed Thursday in the parking lot at Target in Bryant. Less than 24 hours later, one life ended at the hand of the other and a community struggles to understand why.

The tragic death of Heather Baker has left me puzzled and, quite frankly, numb.

I was driving back to Benton from Bryant by taking the long way through Bauxite. Along the way a sheriff's department vehicle sped by me in the opposite direction as if on fire with lights and siren blazing. Flipping on the police scanner, I heard the sounds of an emergency in progress.

Genie, you're free

August 14, 2014

By Bobbye Pyke

The world was rocked this week with the news of Robin Williams' suicide. Many were shocked to hear that one of America's favorite funny men took his own life. Many are currently mourning his loss and sharing stories about how this incredible individual impacted their lives. Many more are questioning how this prominent figure, how this famous comedian, how this well respected, beloved man could take his own life.

 

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