Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans
A Patty wagon?
I enjoyed Bob Lancaster's latest take on Southern words, especially ones with the added “t.” One not mentioned by Mr. Lancaster, but my personal favorite, is the word “hearst,” a coach used to carry the deceased. Even Carl Childers, after dispatching Doyle Hargraves with a lawnmower blade, told the 911 operator to send an ambulance and a “hearst.”
It was very magnanimous of the Arkansas Times to give space to a notorious Republican like Clint Reed. The space was well used; it was a good article. I suppose from your point of view, a hand extended to the minority party, that might help that party recover some of its lost position, will help make the game more interesting.
I find it interesting that Mr. Reed echoed the same theme that the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has sounded recently, that the Republican Party needs to be less stringent in whom they welcome [and keep in] the party. But while the D-G has also advocated for ILLEGAL ALIENS, and has mocked those who work to secure our borders from ALL illegal ALIENS, Clint Reed just skipped across the issue, throwing Hispanics in with independent voters, women, and young voters. (Of course, not all illegals are Hispanic; and not all Hispanics are illegal.)
Mr. Reed and the D-G are probably both right, with Mr. Reed having, I think, the better of it. So maybe we're not speaking of being all things to all people, but rather accepting that there are some core values within the Republican ethos that when emphasized can minimize less important issues, and allow within the Party an agreement to disagree.
All Republicans support the U.S. Constitution as written; not as a “living document.” Republicans believe that the First and Second Amendments are crucial to the difference of being a servant of the state; or the state being the servant of the people. Republicans believe that they govern best who govern least. Republicans believe that we were blessed by divine providence to provide hope, shelter and charity to a world plagued by war, hunger, ignorance and disease.
Now let the fight begin.
Term limits fan
Perhaps one of the most vocal foes of the Term Limits Amendment, passed overwhelmingly by Arkansas voters in 1992, was Max Brantley. I know, I conducted a number of editorial board visits with Max. He objected because of some silly notion that in Arkansas the ballot box was the only term limiting mechanism voters needed to retire his entrenched Democrat buddies. The voters disagreed, placing the amendment into the Arkansas Constitution with nearly a 2-1 margin.
Politicians, after only a few terms in office, believe they acquire some manifest destiny to serve into antiquity. Consequently, they have challenged voter mandated term limits in every legislative session since 1993. Their most recent failure came in 2006, when their wormy attempt to extend their stays in office failed miserably as their “one of three” constitutional amendments was offered to voters. It was thumped overwhelmingly, gaining only 30 percent of the general election vote.
Those of us who were at the center of the 1992 term limits effort had only one non-partisan dream: Nurture never-before-seen competition at Arkansas's ballot boxes.
Hooray! The retirement of Shane Broadway, term limited as of 2010 is producing such a result. No less than five, yes that's right Max, five hopefuls are considering running for Broadway's seat. Even aspiring Dawn Creekmore is considering a move of her residency to qualify.
No more is the legislature a collection of Max's entrenched friends and story sources. In the Arkansas Senate, every eight years we have new blood. In the House of Representatives, it's every six. What's the take away? Competition baby.
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