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.
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.
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.
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.”
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. ______.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Why do you guys not care about your community? You’re tearing it down, not building it up, especially in the black community … It’s just a simple question — do you care?" one mother asked the superintendent. "Ma’am, I do care deeply about this district, and I do believe wholeheartedly we are making a better district every day," Poore replied.
When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.