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'Big Box' store suggestions

Subscriber onlyI visit our local "big box" stores only out of necessity. I am more inclined to support small businesses over the huge chain stores. Seems like every home project requires at least three visits to the hardware store, according to my wife. She usually adds on to my shopping by giving me a list. Each visit perturbs me that much more. Continue reading...

What is Lent and how do Christians observe it?

Today, Ash Wednesday, is beginning of Lenten Season

Subscriber onlyToday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season for many Christians, especially those who hold to more traditional and liturgical forms of worship. Lent is 40 days long, corresponding to the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, but extends over a period of 46 days because Sundays are not counted as part of the traditional Lenten season. Continue reading...

Letter to the Editor

Subscriber onlyOur illustrious president insists that he had no part in the Russian interference in our 2016 elections. But what is clear is that he knew about it ... and did nothing! Any responsible citizen, upon learning of such a thing, would promptly tell U.S. authorities about it. But "the Donald" kept it to himself, leaving our government none the wiser about a foreign power messing into U.S. affairs. Continue reading...

Thoughts From The Heart

Subscriber onlyThere are some convictions on my heart right now about all of those things that are truly important in life. And sharing from the heart about those things might be most appropriate on Valentine's Day. Continue reading...

Love is in the air

Subscriber onlyValentine's Day is a silly holiday but nice. You might guess it was created by Hallmark but it wasn't. It goes back to the Roman Empire. Then the Catholic Church "Christianized" it. Now, its little red hearts on cards with Cupid's bow and arrow and sweet words. I recall our first-grade teacher had us kids exchange cards. I was kissed by a girl. Yuck! Continue reading...

Pondering the changes at DHA with abrupt exit

Subscriber onlyIn full disclosure, I am involved with the Friends of the Arkansas State Archives as a life member and interested party in ways to maintain its archives and promote the history of this state. I am also a board member of the Arkansas Historical Association and the current president of the Washington County Historical Society; neither of those groups has asked I write about this topic. Continue reading...

California dreaming (Not!)

Subscriber onlyWe bought a lakefront house in Bella Vista last August as a vacation home and are looking forward to spending more time there as the weather warms up. The neighbors are very nice people; they invited us to a neighborhood Christmas party in December and we got to know them a little better. Continue reading...

Local author to publish sixth book

Subscriber onlyLocal murder-mystery author Amanda McKinney has been very busy in recent years and is about to publish her sixth book. Continue reading...

Letter to the Editor

Subscriber onlyThe Jan. 17 edition of the "Weekly Vista" included an article in which the director of golf operations complained people are slipping onto golf courses without paying greens fees, particularly during shotgun starts. His answer is to implement a new system in which each golfer will be issued a color-coded and timestamped tag. He claims this tagging system will allow the play managers to identify the culprits who have snuck in "at a glance." Additionally, the time stamp will assist the play managers in maintaining the "pace of play." I offer a few observations and questions regarding the extent of the problem and his proposed solution. Continue reading...

Letter to the Editor

Subscriber onlyDACA and Immigration, Pt. II Continue reading...

Feeling Left Out

Subscriber onlyHave you seen the new free, great copy of the "Bella Vista City Guide" magazine powered by "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette" and written by Dave Woods and staff of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette? Continue reading...

State's immunity may change due to wage issues

Subscriber onlyIt has long been said, "You can't fight City Hall." Continue reading...