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Separation anxiety at the FFRF

By Steve Gillespie This past week school boards in Springdale and in Harrison, Arkansas, temporarily stopped having a prayer before their meetings. The reason for this is because they are checking their legal footing after. . .

Dear Trump supporters: Maybe try to understand us

By Connie Schultz The windowsill over my kitchen sink is an altar of sorts, full of small framed photos of our grandchildren and other mementos to keep me grateful. The square ceramic tile leaning against the window started out...

Kindest cuts

By John Stossel "Devastating!" shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending "conservative" congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts "draconian, careless and. . .

Will Russiagate backfire on the left?

By Pat Buchanan The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to be based on a fairy tale. In Monday's Intelligence Committee hearings, James Comey did. . .

The serious matter of political humor

By Mark Shields Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic. . .

Curbside recycling encouraging

It's good to see curbside recycling coming to Paragould. Pick-up of recycled items is scheduled to start on April 4. The $15 recycling bins that can hold up to 18 gallons are available in the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 301...

For women, what comes next?

By Connie Schultz International Women's Day is a once-a-year acknowledgment of what women do every day of the year, which is to keep the world afloat with our labor -- paid and unpaid. March 8 fell on a Wednesday this year. Here...

The chicken and the egg

By Jim Hightower Those who say that we ordinary people can't have any effect on today's corporate behemoths should check out two breakthroughs last year by a group the establishment has long derided as somewhere between wacko and. . .

Mark of the beast

To the Editor, I am writing in regard to the "Faith" page in Friday's newspaper. I agree with Rev. Miller, "Christians will not have the mark of the beast." And I want to say the the book of Revelation is certainly preparing the...

Transparent government and the fourth estate

Part of the First Amendment is critical to a transparent government, one which is intimately examined by what has been termed the "fourth estate." "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or...

Advertising opportunities

The Northeast Arkansas Solid Waste Management District is wondering what to do with about $107,000 it has that comes from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. As reported in The Daily Press on Wednesday, the...

New rules, same humans

By Connie Schultz On Tuesday morning, less than an hour after U.S. officials deported Guadalupe Olivas Valencia to Mexico, the 45-year-old man leapt to his death from a bridge that connects our two countries. BBC News reported...

Trump & Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Dear Editor, In an article in The Jonesboro Sun it warns people to beware of the new administration regarding changes to these programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid). The president's budget...

Deadly stretch of highway needs to be widened

We have reported on many fatal crashes between Marmaduke and Paragould on Highway 49. At least 11 of the 14 fatal crashes along that stretch since 2006, that Daily Press staff writer Gary Exelby found from Arkansas State...

It's called lying

BY CONNIE SCHULTZ Her name was Miss Nelson. I don't recall her first name. She didn't seem to need one. She taught fifth grade at West Elementary School in Ashtabula, Ohio. In the fall of 1967, my mother dropped me off in her...

A call for journalism activists

BY CONNIE SCHULTZ Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany, talked about himself in the third...

We are not the enemy

BY CONNIE SCHULTZ On the last day of December, this was Donald Trump's greeting for America -- via Twitter, of course: "Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just...

Area legislators see complicated session ahead

The upcoming Arkansas Legislative Session begins at noon on Monday. There will be many issues to be dealt with, and one that local State Sen. Blake Johnson, representing Senate District 20, and State Rep. Jimmy Gazaway,...

On the trail of the future

Paragould has had a good year with growth as we pointed out with one of our year-in-review articles in today's Weekend Edition. Besides job announcements we saw many ribbon cuttings for new businesses, we saw new construction,...

First we decorate

By CONNIE SCHULTZ The day after Thanksgiving is usually when I begin decorating for Christmas, but on Nov. 25, I turned to my husband on the verge of despair. "I don't know," I said. "I don't think I have it in me." The sound of...

'Thankful and proud'

On Wednesday, Paragould resident James Balcom shared with The Daily Press a resent correspondence he had with Paragould Fire Chief Kevin Lang. Balcom's email to the Fire Chief was dated Nov. 29, 2016. The subject was...

Get downtown for Christmas

The sights, sounds, and spirit of Christmas can already be found in downtown Paragould. Painted windows and other holiday decorations are in place. There are plenty of opportunities for us to enjoy our community during this...

It starts with gratitude

The day before Thanksgiving, I woke up at 5 and bolted out of bed to get a head start on a day full of preparations. That plan derailed in the time it took me to turn on the shower and brush my hair before sticking my hand under the running water. Ice-cold....

Looking down the road

This past week an attempt to increase the amount of millage levied for real and personal property for the Greene County general fund was voted down by the Greene County Quorum Court. The motion, proposed by Justice of the Peace Tommy Grooms (R-Dist. 5), would...

Be thankful for our youth

This week The Daily Press reported on Crowley's Ridge Academy students who went to work raking and bagging leaves in an effort to better their community during their Spiritual Emphasis Day. We told you about Greene...

Thank you, veterans

After a contentious presidential election this year followed by unrest throughout parts of our country, it was good to be in Paragould on Friday -- Veterans Day. It was good because there was a celebration of veterans. For the...

Keep up the turnout

As of Friday voters broke the Greene County early voting record from our last presidential election in 2012. By the end of voting Friday there had been 7,589 votes cast. A total of 7,193 votes were cast in early voting in...

Our View: A good sign

Whether it is done by people who can't vote, for whatever reason, or just because voting isn't enough for them in expressing their political views, those who remove or destroy campaign signs could be so much more constructive with their energy. This week we...