• Immigration policy imports poverty

    Here’s more utter nonsense from Capitol Hill. Hoping to avert what legislators predict may be the road to a “fiscal cliff,” Senate leaders plan to use the upcoming lame duck session between the November election and the 113th Congress to reach a comprehensive long-term debt …

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  • Status of African-Americans unsure during war

    One hundred fifty years ago the status of African-Americans was unsure at best. While they were considered property in the South, they were not treated any better by their northern counterparts. Despite the mythological ramblings of current day historians, the Negro was seen as a …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review: November ballot issues

    When Arkansas voters go to the polls on Nov. 6 they will not only elect candidates to elected office, they will decide on at least three ballot issues referred by the legislature and by Arkansas citizens. A high-profile issue is Amendment 1, which was referred …

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  • Mascot escaped, was shot by farmer

    The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville held a contest in 1895 to select the school’s colors. Cardinal red and white won, and from this the first UofA football team mascot became the Cardinal (red bird). Latin Professor John Futrall was the first coach. When the …

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  • Primitive accumulation in the news

    Adam Smith and other classical political economists used the term “primitive accumulation” to refer to the process by which capital was concentrated in the hands of some people, who became the employers of other people with only their labor to sell. As depicted by Smith …

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  • What are the 10 best days of your life?

    Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. —Ralph Waldo Emerson   If someone asked you to describe the 10 best days of your life, how would you answer? Most people start off listing the days their children …

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  • Timing the American experience

    My parents’ generation timed it just right. Born in the thick of the Great Depression, they were taught from an early age how to pinch a penny. Though they were little at the time, they experienced the sacrifices of World War II. My father was …

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  • October surprises

    When the end draws near and prospects darken, and polls solidify in the wrong direction, and the base sinks lower than the toenail clippings of a Galapagos turtle, does the practiced political operative give up? No sir, they whip out their secret weapon. Not the …

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  • Anti-abortion plan raises costs for women

    A prominent anti-abortion scholar recently made public what abortion-rights advocates have long suspected: One puwrpose of restrictive abortion laws is to impede access to the procedure by making it less affordable for women. Veering from traditional arguments — such as claims that the restrictions are …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review: Non-violent offenders shifted into probation to free up space

    Preliminary studies show that legislation enacted last year has freed up prison space for dangerous offenders by shifting more non-violent offenders into probation. The legislature passed Act 570 of 2011 to control skyrocketing growth in the Arkansas inmate population, which had doubled in 20 years. …

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  • ‘The Kitchen Debate’

    In the summer of 1959, then-Vice President Richard Nixon flew to Moscow to speak at the opening of the American National Exhibition. The exhibit was intended to showcase the advantages of American capitalism to the Soviets. Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, accompanied by an …

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  • Success of ‘Bronco Billy’

    “Bronco Billy” Anderson, a true pioneer of the motion picture industry, was born in 1880 in Little Rock. His actual name was Gilbert Maxwell Aronson, but he was known as “Max” until moving to New York about 1900. Aronson joined a theatrical group called the …

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