• Illegal immigrant granted law license

    With the California Supreme Court’s decision to allow illegal immigrant Sergio Garcia to practice law, the state has hit the nadir of insanity in eliminating distinctions between those here legally and those who are not. Garcia first passed the California bar examination in 2009. His …

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  • The infamous Crittenden-Conway duel of 1827

    A confrontation had been brewing for a long time. But when a duel resulted in the death of a congressional representative, it would shock Arkansas. The duel would take place years before Arkansas statehood between Territorial Secretary Robert Crittenden and Territorial Delegate Henry W. Conway. …

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  • Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.   I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out at Christmastime. This self-proclaimed …

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  • 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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