• Confidence in government sinks: Should we care?

    Did you greet the news with horror, stoic resignation or yawns? I speak of the Gallup Poll (conducted between June 5 and 8) that reveals confidence in the presidency at the lowest point since the financial crisis at the tail end of the Bush administration …

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  • Some flour, a broom and a lesson on being needed

    As I looked down at the flour on the floor and the straw of the broom as it meets the floor at the edge of heap, I swiftly moved it through the white powder. In the motion, my mind sweeps over my memories and I …

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  • What about the right to paid vacation?

    Ah, summer is here. We all know what that means: The rights crowd will demand that our politicians pass new federal laws to make paid vacation mandatory. It is true that the United States is the only advanced economy that does not require employers to …

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  • SCOTUS ruling

    For all the times I have argued with people (and, yes, I have done some of that) about … issues, I don’t recall a single time when somebody with an opposing viewpoint stopped and said “Yes. I see what you mean. Now that you’ve explained …

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  • Commonwealth College threatened Faubus’ political career

    The small college tucked in the hills of southwestern Arkansas wouldn’t last long. However, the reputation of Commonwealth College lived long after its namesake, spread far beyond its Mena-area confines, and threatened to derail the political career of one of Arkansas’ most famous and notorious …

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  • Why giving everyone a trophy sets us up for failure at work, in life

    Giving away meaningless trophies doesn’t inspire anyone to new heights of improved performance. Nor does it build self-esteem. The token trophy movement that started in peewee soccer is having a chilling effect on the workplace. As leadership coach, I routinely encounter leaders who don’t give …

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  • 2014 marks Babe Ruth’s MLB centennial

    Where were you on April 8, 1974? I was in the upstairs bedroom I shared with younger brother Dwight, listening to the radio as Hank Aaron broke the career home run record set by George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. some four decades earlier. Aaron’s milestone …

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  • Congratulations to almost all

    Let’s hear it for our Special Forces, the FBI and any and all others who helped in the arrest of a top suspect in the massacre of American envoys at Benghazi. The American eagle’s reach is still impressive. It seems we have not forgotten our …

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  • Is this planet of the apes or mountain lions?

    Ever notice how sometimes critters will show up where they’re not wanted? Mice in your house, for example. Crickets in your bathtub. Snakes in your backyard. And other times critters may end up in places that sure aren’t the safest for them. Deer crossing the …

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  • Freedom for Hobby Lobby’s religion

    Conservative Christians cheered when Hobby Lobby was able to deny working women of childbearing age birth control coverage though their company’s insurance plan. They called it a victory for “religious freedom.”  I would like to see those applauding this newly discovered corporate-conscience also stand up …

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  • 4th of July fast facts

    “I’m confused. I thought July 4 was the day our country declared independence from King George III of Great Britain.” “Actually, according to ConstitutionFacts.com, that’s not so. The Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776.” “Then why do we celebrate our …

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  • Eddie and the Fourth of July

    When I drove by Eddie Gabor’s old house, I was transported back more than 20 years to the wonderful Fourth of July outings my family once enjoyed there. Eddie Gabor was my grandmother’s longtime boyfriend and companion. For the last 20 years of her life, …

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