• Neutrality nuts won’t be happy till government controls Internet

    Angry liberals are set to descend on the Federal Communications Commission to disgrace themselves by shouting down the proceedings. The lead group involved, Free Press, has sent out an invitation asking people to bring “pots, pans or whatever else you can bang on so the …

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  • On rudeness and incivility

    What do you mean Americans have gotten ruder?” “Poll after poll has been showing it in recent years. More than 70 percent of the respondents questioned in an Associated Press poll believe people are ruder than they were 20 or 30 years ago.” “Why would …

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  • Two states going in opposite directions on Hispanics

    It’s the kind of headline we used to see in Texas: The Florida Senate just passed the DREAM Act. Texas used to teach Republicans how to court Hispanic voters, but things have gotten so far out of control here that Texas is now making Florida …

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  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Lunch with Mr. Walters

    Not so long ago I located the one person in the world I was searching for — my seventh- and eighth-grade English teacher, Mr. Ted Walters, the man who taught me how to write and think, and thereby launched my professional career.  Now, during Teacher …

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  • About Town

    It’s been a few weeks since my last column. I hope you all have been out and about enjoying the great weather we’ve been having. After this past winter, the warm days have certainly felt good. About Town took a little road trip this weekend. …

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  • Watch out for these two stupid time sucks

    When is it OK to interrupt someone who is sharing information that you don’t need? I recently had the agonizing experience of waiting through a monologue from a chirpy AT&T customer rep who wasted 30 seconds of my time describing how pleased she was to …

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  • The right way to kill a man

    The government of Oklahoma did not botch an execution last week. When the administration of an untested combination of drugs fails, we do not describe the treatment as “botched,” but simply as a failed experiment. On April 29, the government of Oklahoma conducted an unsuccessful …

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  • Some’ll restore your faith

    The F4 tornado that plowed through the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia a week ago Sunday night was more than a mile wide, stayed on the ground for more than 40 miles and left a path of utter devastation in its path. Hundreds of people …

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  • Communities rebuild after getting knocked down

    It may not seem like the most appropriate song to sing after a tornado hits your town, shattering buildings and homes, but the 1990’s hit “Tubthumping” immediately comes to mind: “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You ain’t ever gonna keep me …

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  • Improved warning systems save lives

    With springtime, Arkansans have long looked with trepidation to rising storm clouds or sudden shifts in winds. While Arkansas is considered on the edge of the notorious Tornado Alley, the intensity and fury of these storms have not spared the people of the state. Tornadoes …

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  • How to end slavery in the U.S. *Spoiler: Decriminalize prostitution

    Americans have warmed up to the idea of marijuana being legal. Most polls now report more than 50 percent voters think pot should be legal if not decriminalized. And with good reason: More than half (52 percent) of drug arrests are for marijuana. This is …

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  • Why we’re no longer No. 1

    Last week World Bank economists predicted that China would soon displace the United States as the world’s largest economy. The fact that this one-time economic basket case is now positioned to surpass the U.S. is one more sign of the damage done to American prosperity …

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