• Time to close Harrison’s city jail

    Harrison city officials have been put on notice that the city’s three-cell jail is out of compliance with any kind of 21st century standards and the city should consider voluntarily closing the facility. So why does the Harrison City Council want to put off a …

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  • New Year’s resolutions for 2014

    Here are some suggested New Year’s resolutions for some folks, parties and companies: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: You’re facing a scandal that foes hope will show you were involved in politically vindictive lane closures that slowed down traffic on the George Washington Bridge, country’s …

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  • Maurice ‘Footsie’ Britt

    Born June 29, 1919, Maurice Lee Britt was a Lonoke County native who became renowned as a star athlete, war hero and state politician. He was elected and served two terms as Arkansas’ lieutenant governor during the “Rockefeller years,” 1967-71. Britt received his nickname, “Footsie,” …

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  • Civility: Let’s try that free speech option in 2014 in public life

    The First Amendment protects our freedom to say and write just about anything we want — but that doesn’t mean we ought to, particularly in public life. The difference rests between can and should. Our nation’s founders were no strangers to rude, callous and raucous …

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  • Obama channels Nixon

    President Obama, despondent over his low poll numbers and the lack of trust many Americans have for him and his policies, did something drastic. He met with the psychic medium who once helped Hillary Clinton contact the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt. With the medium’s help, …

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  • The forgotten Republican rebrand

    Heckuva job with that rebranding, Republicans. They started 2013 hoping to rejoin modern America but ended it once again on the wrong side of history. By embracing Phil Robertson’s prejudice against gays and blacks and rebuffing Pope Francis’ call for economic justice, Republicans have made …

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  • Freedom of religion for all, not some

    Does anyone ever stop and think about how privileged we are in this country to enjoy freedom of religion? Do we appreciate the fact that we can pray anytime, anywhere we feel the need? That we can go into any church of our choice and …

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  • One era ends; another begins

    Well, we’re about to wrap up another year, so it’s time to throw out my dual nominations for “The Most Impactful Person of 2013.” The envelope, please? And the co-winners are … Edward Snowden and Satoshi Nakamoto. Edward Snowden, because in 2013 his revelations of …

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  • From a fifth-grader, uncomfortable truth about religious conflict

    When children speak the truth, adults often squirm and shut them up. That’s apparently what happened to Zachary Golob-Drake after he delivered a speech entitled “In the Name of Religion” to his fifth-grade class at Patel Partnership School in Tampa, Fla. The teacher initially applauded …

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  • The best and worst of 2013

    The year 2013 was a roller coaster of contrasts with some surprises. Here’s a best and worst list: The Worst Non Scandal, Self-Inflicted Political Damage: President Barack Obama. A new ABC News-Washington Post poll finds record numbers of Americans now disapprove of his job performance. …

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  • LRAFB impressed Strategic Air Command in Cold War

    Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville in northeast Pulaski County today is a key part of the defense of the United States and home to thousands of service members. But it emerged mostly as a local effort. During World War II, much of the …

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  • Surrender at Jacksonport

    Throughout the Civil War, Jacksonport was an elusive target for both Union and Confederate forces, even after the Federal occupation of Little Rock in September 1863. Rebel raiding campaigns harassed Yankee forces at key points across northern Arkansas until the end of the war. After …

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