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Friday, May 18, 2018

I  personally would like to thank our County Judge Greg Ray and all of his crew at the county shop that go above and beyond to keep our roads safe. Story creek road was a challenge. If they can fix that. Hey, these guys can fix anything! Y'all are the best! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Last month we read of yet another missile attack on Syria paid for by U.S., British, and French taxpayers as “punishment” of the Assad regime’s alleged used of chemical weapons.  We could ask who made these governments judge, jury and executioners, or how this punishes a dictator safe in his…

Monday, May 14, 2018
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Since Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as president, many Americans have carried out a wide variety of collective nonviolent actions to oppose many of his and his administration’s policies. The actions include massive marches in Washington, D.C. in concert with marches in cities across the na…

Thursday, May 03, 2018
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018

By now most of us have read that plastic, that incredibly useful product that all of us use every day, is fast becoming public enemy number one.  We have been using plastics for decades and as a result, plastic is everywhere: in our fish, in our food, in our oceans, in our waste water treatm…

I have been accused by many of being cynical.  My accusers make this claim in the context of my being “pessimistic, sardonic, or negative.”  Having been a middle-school student crouching under his desk with a piece of notebook paper over his head during the “Cuban Missile Crisis,” a teenager…

Last month, I had the pleasure of spending some time with several mayors and local leaders who were in Washington with the Arkansas Municipal League. We had a lively and informative discussion on ways to continue the economic growth that has been taking off throughout Arkansas. While much of…

Since the search last week of the office, home, hotel room, and safe deposit box of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, lots of lawyers have been squaring off about an important legal issue that rarely gets banner-headline billing: How does the government, armed with a warran…

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Our economy relies on small businesses as sources of job creation, innovation, and growth. Across the country, 20.6 million small businesses are responsible for creating 62% of all new American jobs. We should be making it easier for small business owners – who usually wear multiple hats as …

Monday, April 02, 2018

 Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end.

It’s a scene out of a dystopian police state: Your bus pulls into the station after a long ride, but before you can get off, law enforcement agents board and make their way down the aisle, peering at passengers. They see brown skin, or hear a foreign accent, and stop to demand identification…

 When this country was founded, women had no rights. As late as 2010, then-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said in an interview that women still don’t. It wasn’t until 1971 that the court ruled women were covered under the Fourteenth Amendment. A plethora of cases followed along two tra…

Friday, March 23, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Protest. Petition. Call your senators. Nothing changes, right? No matter how large our demonstrations get, no matter how many millions of people write and petition politicians, no matter how many people get arrested in front of the White House or at our state capitols, it seems that our (sup…

Addressing the Parkland shootings last month, and the apparent emergence of a movement for tougher, saner gun laws that has followed, a USA Today article asked: “What has been so different from all the other mass shootings over the years?”