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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Posted Friday, July 17, at 11:11 AM
Let me preface this by saying that I agree with the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage and the vote to remove the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina State Capitol grounds. I agree with the first because I believe that all American citizens should be treated equally. ...

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Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:43 AM

I was really looking forward to writing my column this week. There were just so many things to write about. First there was that goofy white woman in Washington state that claimed she was black, and then Donald Trump announced he was a candidate for president. Opportunities like that don't come along very often. Those columns practically write themselves. You don't have to be clever, all you have to do is report what they said...

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Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:43 AM

Vietnam vets were flooding Facebook with outrage because Jane Fonda has been nominated as one of the 100 Most Influential Women of the Last Century. You can't really blame them. While history has vindicated her opposition to the Vietnam War, nothing can excuse her trip to Hanoi during the war, showing support for the North Vietnamese. ...

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Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:32 AM

With people like Dennis Hastert and Josh Duggar in their ranks, conservatives and Republicans are going to have to stop poo-pooing Bill Clinton's sexual misconduct and their claims of moral superiority. I'm not about to defend what Bill Clinton did back then because it was wrong, and he acted stupidly. ...

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Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:26 AM

How's this for a new Middle East policy--let's just get the hell out. I don't mean we should just sit over here between our borders and ignore the rest of the world. We can't afford to do that. For one thing, the economy is now global. Heck, if China ever decides to call in its note, we're all going to have to learn to eat with chopsticks and carry around copies of Mao's little red book...

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Posted Wednesday, May 20, at 10:15 AM

This week instead of pontificating on just one subject, I'm going to take some quick shots at several news items that have caught my attention lately. You might remember that not long ago I suggested that the best way to fight ISIS was to use intelligence to find out where its leaders were hiding, and send in small strike teams to capture or kill them. This past weekend we did just that when we found out where the chief finance minister for ISIS was. A strike team tried to capture him,...

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Posted Wednesday, May 20, at 10:14 AM

They say that with age comes wisdom, and since I have just begun my sixth decade, I'm beginning to believe that. For instance, I've come to believe that there are two universal truths about politics. One is that the arguments in Washington never change. They're either about the economy or who we should be picking a fight with. The other is that while the arguments never change, which side either party is on in the argument does...

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Posted Thursday, May 7, at 8:29 AM

It's getting to the point that every week a policeman somewhere kills a black man during what should be a routine traffic stop. Sometimes it turns out to be justified as in the case of Michael Brown, but most of the time it is the result of a cop with a quick trigger finger like in South Carolina, or indifference to a prisoner's injury as in New York and Baltimore...

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Posted Tuesday, April 28, at 11:47 AM

Before getting into this week's rant, I have to correct a couple of mistakes I have made lately about some of the tax laws inflicted on us during the recent legislative session, that has mercifully ended. For one thing, I was wrong when I wrote that the Walton heirs would pay no state income tax. ...

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Posted Tuesday, April 28, at 11:46 AM

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the state income tax cuts would work using Walmart as an example. I ended that paragraph by writing that nothing more I could write could better illustrate what Republicans mean when they talk about cutting taxes. Well, it turns out that our new Republican state government has given us a new example of GOP thinking about tax cuts just last week. Since most of you probably don't read any other paper other than this one, I'll tell you about it...

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Posted Wednesday, April 8, at 10:43 AM

I know last week I wrote that I hoped the Legislature would stay in session for a while just for the entertainment value, but after what happened in its last week, they couldn't get out of Little Rock fast enough. From a representative from Jonesboro making a fool of himself, to the Governor signing a bill legalizing discrimination, I can sum up my feelings by paraphrasing Dr. ...

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Posted Wednesday, March 11, at 8:37 AM

In the nine years that I worked for Walmart, and in all of the years since, I haven't had a lot of good things to say about the company. While it is a well run company, and not a bad place to work, one of the things that always irked me was that its leaders had such a need to keep reminding us of how good they were to us, and how it was such a great company to work for. ...

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Posted Tuesday, March 3, at 1:54 PM

I have to admit that I'm more than a little bit hesitant to write about military strategy, since my main experience with it was in trying to avoid military service. But then, you have to remember that when I turned 18 you still had to register for the draft, and we were still in Vietnam. Then again, we have been at this "War on Terror" since 2001, and the people in charge of it haven't done too well at it, so I can't do any worse. So here goes...

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Posted Wednesday, February 18, at 9:45 AM

One thing that I'll say about our current Legislature, it sure is a lot more entertaining than any other in recent memory. Unfortunately, that entertainment is more of the type you get from a horror movie rather than a comedy. I also sometimes get the idea I'm in a time warp when I read about some of the things this bunch is up to. In one week they held two votes that you might have expected to come from the 1955 legislature rather than one in 2015...

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Posted Wednesday, February 18, at 9:44 AM

I first got into this column writing racket years ago by sending letters to the local paper about some of the outrageous antics of the Arkansas Legislature. Back then they were doing harmless but goofy things like passing special taxes on unmarried couple living together or creation science. I thought they were bad, but this current edition of the Legislature is about to make that bunch of good ole boys look like august statesmen in comparison...

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Posted Wednesday, February 4, at 1:20 PM

Usually my problem each week is trying to come up with something to write about, but that's not the case this week. This week the problem is deciding which of several topics to choose. In the Legislature there was the insane vote to continue honoring Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert E. Lee on the same day. There was also the surprisingly overwhelming vote in the State Senate in favor of the private option...

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Posted Tuesday, January 13, at 10:09 AM

With all of the weeping and wringing of hands over the defeat of Alabama in the first big time college football playoff, no one is talking about the real feel good story from those games. That would be the defeat of Florida State in the earlier game. For all of the good things Florida State might have going for it, it's football program is a prime example of all that is wrong with college football at its highest level. And of course, at the base of all that is wrong is money, lots of it...

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Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 11:20 AM

It's customary in the last column of the year for people like me to point out all of the mistakes I've made during the year, but since I haven't made any, I won't be doing that. To be honest, I'm not claiming to be perfect, it's just that I don't save these columns after I write them so I can't go back and fact check them at the end of the year...

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Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 11:20 AM

Since this is the Christmas issue, I don't want to use this space to be negative. That means no rants against conservatives, Republicans, the Tea Party, politicians in general or religious extremists. Instead I want to thank all of you who support this newspaper either by advertising in it, subscribing to it, or buying a copy each week. Without you, we wouldn't be able to do what we do...

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Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 11:19 AM

Since President Obama decided not to take my advice, maybe I'll have better luck offering some to Asa Hutchinson. Even though I didn't vote for the guy, he is going to be my Governor, and it's in my best interest that he be successful. With the Legislature he's going to be stuck with, he needs all of the help he can get...

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