Author: Paul Holmes

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Gabo the Great

As I sat in the funeral home chapel the other day, I couldn’t help thinking that I’ve been here many times before — too many times in recent years —…

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Paper or plastic?

As I waited for my change the other night at the basketball game, I looked around for the straw dispenser, intending to poke one into the crosshairs of the plastic…

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The Heartland and the Delta

Now we’re not just located in the Delta, but we’re also in the Heartland. Congress in 2000 created the Delta Regional Authority, the agency whose mission is to help improve…

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My 50 years of Delta reflection

There’s nothing like a class reunion to put one into a reflective mood. My first thought was gosh, it doesn’t seem like it has been half a century since they…

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All hail the mighty boll weevil

Unless you have served in the Army or argued with that irritating voice in your GPS while seeking a shortcut to the Gulf Coast, you may not be acquainted with…

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Thank God for Arkansas

Remember when we Arkansans often proclaimed, “Thank God for Mississippi,” in an effort to assuage our embarrassment at being ranked next-to-last in various state-by-state rankings, particularly those dealing with education,…

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Too much of a good thing

As if we needed confirmation, headlines around the U.S. accompanying a recent national weather story provided it. Yes, indeed, if we hadn’t figured it out already, we were told “The…

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Car tags and carbon

And miles to go … Is it too soon? Too soon for what, you might ask. Too soon to be thinking about the November 2020 elections, of course. If it…