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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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Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 9:59 AM

It's just the first week in December, but I've already gotten one Christmas gift. Actually I got it on November 21. On that Friday the Republican lead House Intelligence Committee released its report on its two year investigation of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The report said that the CIA and our military acted properly in responding to the attack. It also said that there was no wrongdoing on the part of anyone in the Obama Administration during or after the attack...

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Posted Tuesday, December 2, at 2:26 PM

It's obvious that President Obama doesn't want my advice. Just two weeks ago I wrote that he should make a deal and get the Keystone Pipeline passed. Well, it came up for a vote last week and passed the House, but not the Senate. Before all of you Cotton pickers out there start crowing about how the vote would have been different if your man was there, forget it. Mark Pryor voted for the pipeline...

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Posted Wednesday, November 19, at 1:57 PM

Adlai Stevenson said it best about losing and election when he said, "It hurts too much to laugh, and I'm too big to cry." Actually, I wasn't close to tears or nearly as angry about this election as I was in 1980. That year, when Frank White upset Bill Clinton by repeating four words, "car tags and Cubans" I was not a pleasant person to be around for quite a while. In fact, my co-workers at Walmart started a fund to either buy me tranquilizers or have me euthanized...

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Posted Wednesday, November 5, at 10:38 AM

Since I'm having to write this before election day, I won't be crying on your shoulders or strutting with pride until next week. Just between you and me I think I'm going to be doing more crying than strutting next week, and in a way I'm OK with that. If Tom Cotton is elected Senator, it won't be too long before a lot of the people who voted for him will be crying too...

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Posted Wednesday, October 29, at 11:52 AM

Before beginning this week's tirade, let me just say that if you are sick and tired of this election, and can't wait for it to be over, I'm with you. I've never been more ready for an election to end in my life. That said; don't let the attack ads and the tons of mailbox fillers keep you from voting. It's still worthwhile, even if the process stinks. That said, on to the tirade...

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Posted Tuesday, October 7, at 12:50 PM

Time magazine is reporting this week that no matter how this election turns out, things won't change much. In the short term it's right, but in the long term, I don't think so. The election won't really change things in the next two years. No matter which party ends up controlling the two houses of Congress, they won't have a big enough majority to prevent the other one from using the filibuster to block legislation. We are stuck with a do nothing Congress for at least the next two years...

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Posted Wednesday, September 24, at 11:25 AM

How about some football. Or maybe, how about some football players who don't get enough action on the field, so they go home and punch out their wife or live-in to work off some of that extra aggression. Here's how about. Whether you play on the high school, college, or professional level, if you hit a woman, even if you only do it once, you are out of the game permanently. You're off the team you play for, and no other team can take you...

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Posted Wednesday, September 17, at 10:06 AM

Back during the debate over whether or not to invade Iraq, the opponents of the invasion often mentioned the Pottery Barn rule--If you break it you buy it. Well, all of these years later that is exactly what happened. We "broke" Iraq, and now we're stuck with it what's left...

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Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 10:08 AM

I have avoided writing anything about the death of Michael Brown at the hand of a policeman on purpose. There's nothing I could add to the national debate, and as a white man I can't begin to understand what it is like for a black male to deal with law enforcement. I just hope that once the truth comes out, everyone will be able to accept it...

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Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 10:07 AM

NOT THAT YOU ASKED By JOHN BOXLEY I thought I sent this in last week, but computers continue to get the best of me. I'm sending it again because it's still relevant. In light of Congressman Rick Crawford's inexcusable vote to deny help for veterans, I'd first like to point out how ridiculous that vote was, and offer a solution that even he might vote for...

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Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 10:06 AM

It's hard to believe that it has been 40 years since Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in the wake of the multiple scandals known as Watergate. It's even harder to believe that, even now, there are people who defend him. Watergate was a scandal like we had never seen before. ...

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