• State Capitol Week in Review: Property reappraisals

    Almost all Arkansas counties reappraise property values every five years. However, if the market value of real property in a county increases by 25 percent during that five-year period, future reappraisals would be done every three years. Counties with rapid growth in market values will …

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  • Is medical ‘pot’ coming this fall, y’all?

    According to the Associated Press, on Nov. 6 Arkansas will become the first southern state to let voters decide whether they want to legalize medical uses for marijuana. Backers hope success in the Razorback State will lead to a domino effect of resistance fading in …

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  • Why Romney should lose

    There are four basic reasons I think Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney should and will lose this year’s election. First, Mitt Romney is a two-faced opportunist. He told Massachusetts voters they should elect him governor because he’s pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and “progressive”. Now he says …

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  • Civil War acts of violence

    One hundred fifty years ago, two opposing armies were ravaging the resources of Arkansas and the citizens of the state were increasingly weary of the acts of violence against them by soldiers. In Curtis’ march from north Arkansas to Helena, he left a wake of …

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  • Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the coolest prez of all?

    Barack Obama is probably one of the coolest presidents in American history. He reaches rock star status when cameras catch him sporting his Ray-Ban 3217’s, which are, for all you squares out there, designer sunglasses. That Obama owns the word “cool” is nothing new, but …

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  • Finding opportunity in disappointment

    It is amazing how disappointments can take various forms in life. I think often our childhoods are filled with little disappointments such as not getting something we really wanted — that pony. Perhaps by not winning the spelling bee or the science fair after so …

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  • A more immediate threat

    On July 23, Syria — one of seven nations not to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention — admitted owning a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. A foreign ministry spokesman warned that Damascus would use these weapons against any force intervening in its civil war. …

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  • Stop burning food during a drought

    It is always foolish for a country to order the burning of its food supply, but it takes a special kind of depravity to do it in the midst of a severe drought. Yet that is precisely what the misguided federal ethanol mandate is doing, …

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  • Mistaken beliefs about conflict

    Are you a conflict-avoider? Nobody likes conflict, but avoiding conflict usually winds up being even more painful than addressing it. If you work or live with a conflict-avoider, or you’re one yourself, you’ve probably experienced the cost of conflict avoidance. By avoiding any possible confrontation, …

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  • What you don’t know about Janna Ryan may surprise you

    While the nation is getting to know Paul Ryan better since his selection as Romney’s running mate, it’s time they become acquainted with his mate of 14 years, wife Janna Ryan. With a sunny personality, friends describe her as very sharp, down-to-earth and a good …

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  • Trickle-down economics: Pyramid scheme

    A few years ago, I had a friend who didn’t want anyone to know she was going to therapy. Instead, she would announce at her work she was leaving to attend her Amway meeting. At one point I had to inform her, “You know that …

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  • Are you ready for immortality?

    According to ABC News, “Business Insider” and other sources, phrases such as “Nobody lives forever” and “death and taxes” could become quaint relics in just a few decades. Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov and 30 top Russian scientists have formed a collective called The 2045 Initiative, …

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