• Columbus Day: Time to abandon ship?

    In Fourteen Hundred Ninety-Two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In the year of our Lord Two Thousand Twelve, they’re trying hard his day to shelve. Even under the best of circumstances, the national Columbus Day is a beleaguered holiday (22 states don’t give their employees …

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  • Communism on parade? High school marches to Marx, Lenin

    Editor’s note: A version of this piece first appeared at FoxNews.com.   “What do you think of this?” So began a phone call from Todd Starnes of FoxNews radio. Starnes asked me for a comment on a shocking story: A band at a high school …

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  • Can Arkansas electorate have votes back?

    Editorial from Northwest Arkansas Times, Sept. 23, 2012   State Treasurer Martha Shoffner — a walking, talking free advertisement for term limits — is back in the news. Making news from one of Arkansas’ low-level constitutional offices like treasurer or auditor or land commissioner is …

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  • Value for value

    I watched as a man walked up to the donation table. “Would you like to donate?” the lady asked. “Giving something for nothing ain’t our way,” the man replied. “We give value for value. But I did bring in some fudge that my wife made …

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  • Scouting helped shape my future

    Probably one of the greatest systematic approaches to encouraging a youth is a program that both of my parents made an effort to help me become part of — scouting. Initially as I joined Cub Scouts, my mother took on the task of becoming a …

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  • The FCC’s psychology of abundant regulation

    The Internet is a great deregulatory success story: government got out of the way, took a light-touch, hands-off approach and the results are obvious. But some on the left are adamant that heavy-handed government regulation would somehow serve consumers better than intense competition. The latest …

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  • Economic freedom heads north

    “The wife and I are thinking over our career prospects and we’re suddenly open to moving to Canada.” “Ah, yes, you speak of the results of the Fraser Institute’s recently released ‘Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report.’ It shows that Canada is the …

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  • John Blanchard never knew caves

    John H. Blanchard was one of many Kentuckians who joined the Confederate Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. He served in Company I, Fourth Infantry Kentucky volunteers, rising to the rank of second lieutenant. Kentucky was divided, but never formally left the Union. …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    Legislators heard details of a plan that would change how lottery scholarships are distributed, creating a “tiered” system. Its supporters say it would preserve the long term financial stability of the program. Currently, students at a four-year university who are eligible for lottery scholarships get …

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  • 2030: Will your state be the fattest?

    Perhaps you should be sitting down to read this. Or maybe standing up would be better. Standing up, running in place and frantically yanking the carbs out of your children’s mouths!!! Pardon me. I was just disturbed by a new report from the Reuters news …

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  • Why’d the Tea Party play nice?

    Remember that time the Tea Party Republicans in Congress almost forced the United States to default on its debt obligations by refusing to raise the debt ceiling? Remember how the government’s inability to, well, govern drove Standard & Poor’s to downgrade our credit rating for …

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  • Breeding the desire to win

    The gentle lapping of the waves against our bow seemed to arouse the sleepy dawn. Soon little colorful songbirds began to rustle about, calling excitedly from the brush tops along the grassy banks. The cares and hustle of the far off big city seemed to …

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