• Why you shouldn’t tell your boss everything

    A family friend who worked at the White House said that one of the biggest challenges is deciding what to tell and what not to tell the President. There aren’t enough hours in the day to brief the boss on everything. You have to figure …

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  • Publisher owned first ‘pay’ library

    William E. Woodruff (1795-1885) is best known as the founder of Arkansas’ first newspaper, the Arkansas Gazette, in 1821. However, he is also credited with opening the first “lease/purchase” library in Little Rock in 1826. His first attempt to “rent” books apparently failed. Woodruff sold …

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  • Does First Amendment allow student prayers?

    Students are free to pray in public schools — except when they aren’t. If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators charged with figuring out if and when to draw the line on student prayers. Current controversies illustrate how complicated this line-drawing has become: School officials …

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  • The cut is in the mail

    It’s Nixon’s fault. I speak of the financial woes of the U.S. Postal Service, and the recent news that cutting Saturday mail delivery may save a few billion dollars a year. As it goes, President Nixon, tired of strikes by then-government postal workers, signed the …

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  • The Red Rebs

    Relax. It’s not necessarily the flu making you confused and feverish. Could be spatter from that big, thick, juicy, new, improved Civil War infecting the Republican Party. Yes, again. The Rebs inside the Reds are rebooting themselves for the umpteenth time over the past few …

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  • Et tu, Iceland?

    Over the last few years, Iceland has provided a bit of counter-narrative to the anarchist critique of political government. Most western democracies declared their pieces of the international finance sector “too big to fail” and bailed them out at taxpayer expense after the 2008 bank …

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  • Voluntary retirement: Can you take a hint?

    With an editorial titled “Pope Sets Example For Other Aging Leaders,” USA Today tried laying a major guilt trip on the nation’s authority figures. Despite using disclaimers such as “There is no magic age for retirement,” the newspaper clearly wants to shame prominent people into …

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  • Runaway slaves hoping for freedom found horrid conditions

    One hundred fifty years ago, runaway slaves hoping for freedom in and near Helena found themselves in horrid conditions. While the Mississippi River port town was overflowing with citizens, military personnel and freedmen, the infrastructure was in a state of collapse. According to Margaret Ross …

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  • Gov. Drew quit due to low pay

    Independence County claims three governors of the state. The men, and their terms in office were: Thomas S. Drew (1844-49), Elisha Baxter (1872-74), and William R. Miller (1876-1880). Drew is the only governor in history to resign because of low pay. Born in 1802, Drew …

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  • That First Amendment can be sooooo annoying

    I syndicate the cartoons of Rick McKee, the brilliant, conservative cartoonist from The Augusta Chronicle, to newspapers around the world. Today Rick sent in a cartoon about a local Georgia legislator that was so nutty, I asked him to explain. Rick writes: “Sticks and stones …

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  • Along these lines

    When is a Footlong not a Foot Long? The answer, apparently, is when it’s a Subway sandwich. It seems these tasty, elongated snacks haven’t been measuring up to vigilant customers’ expectations lately. Armed with their trusty yardsticks, pernickety patrons around the country have resolutely sunk …

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  • Victims not only ones who deserve a vote

    Barack Obama can spin a lie into what sounds like something akin to the truth better than anyone else in politics has done in my lifetime — and that’s saying something because it’s starting to be quite a long time. His State of the Union …

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