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  • Legislators seek more security for the state Capitol

    Coincidental to the rise of Republicans in political power comes heightened concern about security at the state Capitol. Is it time for open carry?
    • Nov 23, 2014
  • Tom Cotton: ISIS and Mexican drug cartels joining forces to invade Arkansas

    When it comes to rank demagoguery and fear-mongering, this from Tom Cotton is hard to top: "Groups like the Islamic State collaborate with drug cartels in Mexico who have clearly shown they’re willing to expand outside the drug trade into human trafficking and potentially even terrorism. They could infiltrate our defenseless border and attack us right here in places like Arkansas."
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Re: “Crystal Bridges moving Frank Lloyd Wright house to Bentonville

How many homeless, how many habitats, how many small plan prefabs could be provided for the same expense? And we should applaud these greedy drunks for preserving culture when their own employees go hungry, without food, healthcare, perhaps even sleep in their cars?

We see too many articles, newspapers stories that the rich think charity is art museums and opera, while the dwindling middle class gives to food banks, homeless shelters. I think it is a tribute to our "freedom" in this great country that a woman booked for drunk driving and thumbing her nose at law and the safety of citizenry at large can be praised for preserving a house no one can live in. We really have our priorities straight.

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Posted by captmanning on 01/17/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Sheffield Nelson, unlikely severance tax champion

Obviously, most commenters here do not understand the severance tax is paid by drillers and producers on the amount they extract. Consequently it raises additional revenue without adding additional tax burden on citizens. It has in some state all or partially eliminated the need for income taxes.

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Posted by captmanning on 07/10/2012 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Dustin McDaniel to Jon Hubbard: Stick it

Senor Hubbard, when I attended Jonesboro High in the 50's, high school and college students earned a few bucks or community service credits by interpreting at department stores, etc. for the seasonal farm workers in the cotton and rice fields nearby. When I joined the service, I treated it as a matter of pride to learn several languages. But you should understand I was educated, had economic choice, could go to school, did not have to work dawn to dusk in the fields at back breaking work to put rice on your table, pick cotton to make your clothes. I regret, sir, I probably will not be able to communicate with you because one language I never learned is "Shoeless Hillbilly."


Posted by captmanning on 07/20/2011 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Evangelicals making tracks in Hot Springs

To Pastor Jones and the other religionists commenting here, how dare you attempt to define moral and ethical standards for this community. You and your fellow religionists treat every problem as a failure to adhere to superstitious beliefs defined by some book few have read and fewer live by. The problem in Hot Springs seems more political than religious except in the sense that fundamentalists seem poised to exert inordinate power and establish some form of so-called family values regime that will deny human rights to those who don't share their narrow-minded agenda.

I respect Cliff Jackson and his values because he respects mine. However, it appears the current Nazarene/Tea Party/right-wing bunch are more interested in a power grab than in good government.

Stephen Orr Manning

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Posted by captmanning on 05/20/2011 at 5:36 PM
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