Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 14:20:00

Washington County Judge Joseph Wood: Drawing inspiration from Donald Trump . . . or F Troop?

At first glance, it might seem as though Washington County Judge Joseph Wood has been taking a page from Donald Trump’s book, what with his seeming inability to respond to media inquiries, but after looking over his new hires, it seems more obvious that a far more revered American institution - Fort Courage, home of the stalwarts who made up F Troop - has been the source of his inspiration.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 12:00:00

Dana D. Kelley: A Profile in Stereotyping?

It is more than a little intriguing that the only black leader Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Dana D. Kelley could even think to quote in last Friday’s column (“Profiles in Cowardice”) was accused sexual offender Bill Cosby.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 15:43:00

C.F. Roberts: A Decade in the Margins

It is with great pleasure that I am able to pass along the following information about my friend C.F. Roberts’s upcoming art show.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 12:31:00

Washington County Judge Joseph Wood: The Runner Stumbles

Getting of experienced county personnel and replacing them with what seem to be party hacks may be a sign that Washington County, which has not been running smoothly for some time, is in for an even rougher 2017.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:11:00

Our war against “hoarders”

I was going to write something absolutely brilliant this morning, full of Sturm and Drang, but decided I’d tackle yet another culture war taking place in America - a real war this time, and not the mythical, paranoia inspiring “War on Christmas.”

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 12:22:00

New Year’s Eve, 2016: When even the fireworks were somber

We don’t go out much on New Year’s Eve, as we have dogs who get freaked out by the fireworks.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 19:04:00

Living in the 1950s: Folks who ignore a woman’s chosen last name

Odd as it may seem, there are folks who think the 1950s was actually a good idea, which is the only possible reason I can think of when, knowing that a woman does not use her husband’s last name, they persist in referring to her as “Mrs. ______.”

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 12:19:00

Washington County: the Purge begins?

Newly elected Washington County Judge Joseph Wood - whose name will forever be linked with that of employer Mark Martin, the most cringe-inducing Secretary of State Arkansas has had for many a year, has already begun a purge of long-time county employees.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 12:06:00

Translating Donald Trump

Donald Trump lives in a sort of perfect world. Every time he says or Tweets something which might make millions of Americans uneasy, not only do members of his political team rush to the airwaves attempting to say, “Well, this is what he really meant,” but so do Trump devotees on social media, telling us that he was being sarcastic or that he was only joking, for crying out loud.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 11:57:00

The neutering of Mitt Romney

All those who believe “America should be run like a business” just got a glimpse into the brutality of life at the top in that world.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 12:34:00

Motel Hell: My year of living amongst the down and out

Looking over real estate offered for sale in Fayetteville, I noted that Motel 6 on North College is or sale.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 11:47:00

When we quote politicians, we are ACTUALLY quoting their speech writers?

Long before the virtual reality world of Facebook ever existed, folks around the world have been fond of quoting their favorite political figures, alongside writers, poets, cowboy philosophers and such.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 11:40:00

The dying man who “loaned” me some books

Back in the 1990s, when AIDS was taking away so many of our friends and family members, a friend of mine, Robert - who though deathly ill had also spent much of his time going to public schools and the like, talking about his illness - had one final gathering at his home, surrounded by people he had grown close to over the years.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 10:29:00

Want folks to vote? Give ‘em a tax break

We have heard much over the recent years about declaring Election Day a sort of holiday, so that folks can use the day to vote.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 15:10:00

Memo to Democratic Party: About coalition building

Despite the fact that most of the white men I know (in person and not in the virtual reality playground of Facebook) voted Democratic, whether they had college degrees or not, it almost seemed as though the Democratic Party and political pundits alike often seemed to lump them all together as solidly in the Trump camp.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 12:01:00

Terror at the Ballot Box

Oh, maybe I shouldn’t have said it - but I am a staunch believer that when a funny line comes to you, it would be a venial sin to keep it locked inside.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 16:49:00

2016: What we didn’t hear during this presidential election

2016: What we didn’t hear during this presidential election Now that the debates are over, and the election season is finally winding down, I have asked a number of folks to weigh in on what they felt was not addressed this year.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 12:19:00

Obviously, Tom Terminella and I have been living in two different Fayettevilles

Tom Terminella, one of two men hoping to unseat Mayor Lioneld Jordan, seems to have been living in a different Fayetteville than I have for the past two decades.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 12:19:00

The Man Without a Country

Obviously he wasn’t really a man without a country, but considering the tenor of the times, even in a place like Fayetteville, it is understandable that he might be reluctant to reveal too much to a stranger.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 11:46:00

Boozman the Barbarian

Arkansas Senator John Boozman always seems to come across as the mildest of men, but one of his most recent ads puts me in mind of the famous exchange from the 1982 John Milius directed Conan the Barbarian. 

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