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Love not condemn

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18.

McKellen is at the top of his game in ‘Mr. Holmes’

Sherlock Holmes without his sharp mind and elephantine capacity for deduction would be a lot like Popeye without his spinach, or Thor without his hammer. He’d be useless, much like he is in director Bill Condon’s poignant “Mr. Holmes.” It’s Sherlock like you’ve never seen him, full of guilt, regret and self doubt, as aging proves to be the one case he cannot crack. And he couldn’t be more compelling, especially when the portrayal of the beloved sleuth has been entrusted to an actor as sainted as Ian McKellen.

Surgical treatment available for osteoporotic spinal fractures

Osteoporosis is a common cause of spinal compression fracture in our society. The treatment should address both the associated pain and the underlying process of osteoporosis to prevent further fractures. Treatments have improved dramatically in the last decade. The majority of fractures heal with pain medication, reduction in activity, medications to stabilize bone density, and a good stiff close-fitting back brace. Most people can return to their everyday activities. Some people however, may need further treatment, such as surgery.

Mrs. Nutt’s typing class

Tenth grade was special for me and one of the reasons was that I would be taking typing. It was my first real high school course. It meant I was coming of age by learning a grown-up skill to use after graduation.

It’s time for U.S. to upgrade old thinking on old nukes

The publicized mishaps — they shouldn’t be called scandals — in recent years by Air Force and Navy personnel in charge of nuclear weapons give the White House and Congress a chance to rethink the U.S. deterrence mission before returning airmen to those buried missile silos or sending sailors off on new strategic submarine patrols.

The game of games

Nov. 1, the Arkansas Razorbacks played the No. 1 team in the nation – Mississippi State and lost in a true nail-biter at the last moment. The same thing occurred in December 1969, when our Hogs lost the “Game of the Century” to Texas on national TV with President Nixon in the stands. Both were heart-breakers.

Pine Bluff going forward

About 12 years ago I returned to Pine Bluff, my hometown, after spending nearly 40 years living elsewhere. One of my favorite preoccupations from the start has been the writing of letters and guest columns to The Commercial .

The class of ‘69 had its dreams, too

I received a special honor this weekend. I was asked back to give the keynote speech at the El Dorado High School Class of ‘69’s 45th reunion. I taught English IV that year. I was a bit apprehensive at first. Yet, at the end of the speech, I enjoyed a standing ovation and was “over the moon” because of the “Thank-you-for what-you-did-for-me” remarks and the student who asked, “You goin’ with anyone right now?” before slapping Freemon on the shoulder. The following includes portions of that speech …

“School days/school days”– again

So many things have changed since I began elementary school back in 1949. First, we did not go to kindergarten. It didn’t exist. We never used 20-pound backpacks slung over our shoulders to carry everything from books to cell phones to clothing. We carried our sparse needs in book satchels. They were plastic, light-weight, some decorated with pictures of heroes of the day. There was a little pocket in the front for items such as colors and lunch tickets.

The benefits of attack ads

Negative campaign ads appear to be on the rise with the approach of this fall’s congressional elections and the 2016 presidential campaign. Hardly anyone has a good word to say about them. The standard critique — that they demean our democracy, deceive voters and cause disgusted voters to stay home on Election Day — has the ring of truth. But this exaggerates the negative about negative ads while obscuring their benefits.