• Forget assault weapons: Let’s focus on hammers

    I love Texas because of special snowflakes such as Louie Gohmert. In more urbane states where research universities vastly outnumber NFL teams, Gohmert would stick to writing angry letters to the editor about fluoride and fluorescent light bulbs and the dadgum president being born in …

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  • Shot at redemption

    The consensus among 2nd Amendment screamers seems to be, in their rampaging defense of so-called “assault rifles,” that the framers didn’t put that amendment in there so good ol’ boy Americans could protect their homes and property from the occasional bad guy, breaking in to …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    Although we answer calls from constituents year round and meet for interim committees, Arkansas’ Legislature is considered a part-time citizen legislature. Most House members have full-time careers in addition to their legislative obligations. Members come from a wide range of professional backgrounds. This year those …

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  • Hoover worked in Izard County

    Herbert Hoover was born in 1874 in Iowa. Both of his parents died before his 10th birthday. Raised by two uncles, Hoover decided to become a mining engineer by age 16. In the fall of 1891, he entered Stanford University and worked his way through …

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  • EPA not taking mercury exposure into consideration

    Ninety-six. That’s the number of 60-watt incandescent light bulbs I purchased last weekend after learning the other kind, the compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) environmentalists just love, are hazardous to my health and to the environment. I would’ve preferred a higher wattage but discovered the 75-watt …

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  • Is it time to repeal presidential term limits?

    The experts are giving it little chance of passage, but H.J. Resolution 15 is stirring a lot of talk. U.S. Rep. José Serrano (D-NY) has (once again) introduced a resolution to repeal the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If the resolution is approved by …

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  • Junk laws

    We have junk food, junk mail and junk bonds. Now, thanks to our dysfunctional and devious Congress, we have junk laws like the “Taxpayer Relief Act.” Junk laws are really nothing new. The people we send to Washington to represent us have been passing legislation …

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  • Hurricane relief: A flood of hypocrisy

    If you go to the website of Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland, you’ll see a whole page devoted to Hurricane Sandy recovery. You’ll see pictures of him touring flooded coastal towns. You’ll see the number to call if you lost your power. You’ll even see …

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  • Little Rock was medical hub for Civil War soldiers

    One hundred fifty years ago, Little Rock was the medical hub of the state. While sick and wounded soldiers found their way to the relative safety of the capitol city, more supplies became a necessity to benefit the rehabilitating wounded and sick troops. Little Rock …

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  • Gun ownership: Privacy vs. public’s right to know

    In the mid-1950s, I began my career in the newspaper business on the daily paper in my hometown in Pennsylvania and, as the new kid in the newsroom, my assignments often required unearthing information that others wished to remain secret. I was instructed by my …

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  • Minimum wage and Oz

    On Jan. 1 nearly one million Americans in 10 states received a pay raise because of a hike in minimum wage, but the issue of state and federal minimum wage laws will not go away. It suddenly struck me that a Wizard of Oz approach …

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  • Fascinating, not famous

    Every year, the media introduce us to the most fascinating people of the prior year. They always overlook people like Joe Horne. A tailgunner in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Horne and his crew enjoyed 11 successful missions. They didn’t expect to …

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