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  1. Political Spectrum Question: An Answer from the Right

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    November 19, 2011 by Mike Landry

    District 87 State Reprsentative Justin Harris has received significant media attention regarding his Christian-centered, partially state-funded preschool in West Fork. The Establishment clause aside, what is your opinon on public money being used to teach religious principles? Mike Landry:

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  2. A Season for Stories

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    November 17, 2011 by wcobserver

    Over time the “Holy Day” gradually became the holiday. What began as a day of special religious significance for individuals and groups broadened into a day of observance for national or cultural celebration. A holiday is a day out of the ordinary, separated from the normal routine of work or school. It is often a day of rememberance and reflection on our guiding principles and helps us understand who we are.

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  3. Don’t Know Nothing ‘bout Science Books or the French I Took

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    November 17, 2011 by Alison Grisham

    By Alison Grisham My daughter patted me on the head the other day and said, “you know… you’re cute, but you’re not that smart.” It didn’t appear to be a revelation. It was more like she was saying, “look we’ve all discussed this, and really… it’s only fair you should know where we stand.”

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  4. One Building’s Orthodox Conversion

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    November 17, 2011 by Steven Worden

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    By Steven Worden Striking reversals play a major role in Christianity:  the First Cause of all Existence takes the form of a helpless baby in a stinking stable.  The Lord of the Universe suffers a humiliating death. The poor and the meek shall be rewarded while the rich will struggle to squeeze into the kingdom of heaven.  The first shall be last and the last shall be first.  Blessed are the meek.

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  5. ‘Ducks on the Pond’

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    November 12, 2011 by Joseph C. Neal

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    ​The above is a phrase that Arkansas native — and in past days, an extremely famous and highly successful St. Louis Cardinal pitcher — Dizzy Dean employed in reference to runners on the base. He also stated, among other things, “The Good Lord was good to me. He gave me a strong right arm, a good body, and a weak mind.” Ole Diz is long gone, but there are still ducks on the pond, especially this month, when the feathered type that nested up north are now migrating through western Arkansas. There are now ducks on every large pond and lake in western Arkansas. Of course, green head Mallards are everywhere. They must be out on your pond, even now as you read. So too perhaps are the less famous but also numerous Gadwalls, Green-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers. These are all referred to as dabbling ducks, because they feed in shallow waters by tipping bottom up for food in the shallows. As we begin to have colder weather – which means much colder weather north of us – it’s like November’s heavens have suddenly opened. Claiming for avian royalty a new land as young-of-the-year ducks make their first trip south. Masses of Polar air add …

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  6. Fall into the Park’s Busy Season

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    November 11, 2011 by Devils Den

    By Tim V. Scott, Park Interpreter ​October is one of the busiest times of the year at the park. Visitors are always amazed that the park is at 100 percent capacity every weekend and close to that during the week. Everyone is here for the same reason. The weather for camping is perfect. We open the fireplaces in the cabins. It is ideal weather for a morning hike. The area is also bustling with craft fairs, but most of all, visitors are here for the fall colors.

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  7. Let’s Explore All Revenue Options

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    November 10, 2011 by Steve Winkler

    West Fork’s councilmember Rodney Drymon might have been onto something at a budget workshop a couple weeks ago when he suggested that the only city department capable of increasing its revenue was the Police Department. What he might have overlooked is that not only does the city get a portion of traffic fines, but because the police are the city code enforcers they can generate revenue from ordinance violators as well as speeders. There’s some real money there.

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