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Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 11:33:00

Why it is both a triumph and a tragedy that “The Handmaid’s Tale” is such a success this year

While I am happy to see that the TV series based on the powerful Margaret Atwood novel won top honor at the Emmy’s, I am uncomfortable with the fact that even after 30 years, the story is both still relevant and frighteningly close to reality.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 16:32:00

Maybe we should teach classes in journalism for consumers?

On occasion I have noted people canceling their newspaper subscriptions because they are angry about the contents of the editorial pages - angry that something, be it a column, political cartoonist or even a letter to the editor, has expressed a view different from their own.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 11:58:00

Fayetteville’s Confederate Cemetery: Ruminations on the futility of war

Fayetteville’s Confederate Cemetery, Bob Losure

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:51:00

Labor Day: What you won’t see on the news today

Come Memorial Day TV news treats us to file footage of veteran’s cemeteries. On Thanksgiving and Christmas?

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 12:09:00

The Adventure of the Trump-like Boss

Much has been written about the chaos in the Trump White House, and how he cannot seem to pull himself out of seeing life through his Reality TV show blinders, but I wonder how many have actually worked for a boss in the Donald Trump mode?

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 16:09:00

In Vino Veritas - especially on Facebook

Last week one of my Facebook “friends” posted a racial slur, and dared folks to unfriend him.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 14:48:00

Congressman Steve Womack: Patriot or Sycophant?

Congressman Steve Womack of Arkansas, whose newsletters proclaim “From the Front,” has been given the chance to show not only true personal integrity, but also political courage, by standing foursquare against Donald Trump’s love song to the alt-right this week.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 12:23:00

Denunciation: Why Trump supporters must repudiate white supremacists

When members of ISIS attack innocent civilians, folks will often demand that moderate Muslims beat their breasts in public and loudly condemn such actions - which they routinely do, actually, though the folks filled with rage rarely, if ever, notice.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 12:01:00

Robb Ryerse: can he give Congressman Steve Womack a run for his money?

Republican Robb Ryerse has one clear advantage over Steve Womack - he doesn’t have a perpetual scowl on his face.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:07:00

On Fayetteville’s Willow Heights: Preventing a social injustice

When my wife and I talk about selling our house and moving to a new location, we always discuss the basic amenities such a move would entail: access to the things we hold to be important in our lives.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 15:26:00

Questions for Democrats running for Congress

This is not the time for the faint of heart to consider a run for Congress.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 11:41:00

Fayetteville Public Television spreads its wings, and welcomes folks from all over Washington and Benton Counties

Public access television in Fayetteville has always been a place of welcome and a showcase of the diversity in our area, so it was disheartening when someone unwisely convinced the city a few years ago to restrict its services to Fayetteville residents.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 11:33:00

“No Solicitation” signs and the effect on local politics

Like so many others, I rejoiced when I finally found a “No Solicitation” sign for my front door - no more aggressive home security salesmen, folks wanting me to change my cable service, or nice little old ladies wanting to save my soul - though I did enjoy the candy bars I bought on occasion.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 11:03:00

Donald Trump too old to change? Don’t make me laugh

Maybe I’m getting a little crotchety in my declining years, but I find it annoying beyond words when I hear a talking head on television say, with regard to Donald Trump’s addiction to Twitter, that, well, he is a 71 year old man, and can’t be expected to change.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:31:00

If you’re looking for someone to blame for “normalizing” Alex Jones, try Brad Meltzer

Folks who spend an inordinate amount of time online fondly imagine that everyone in the known universe knows exactly who Alex Jones of the infamous Infowars is - whether they see him as a saint or a devil - but they would be wrong.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:10:00

Abject Lessons: Why I don’t unfriend or block folks on Facebook

Almost every week I am asked why I don’t unfriend certain folks on Facebook, those who flirt with bigotry, drop cliches or insults at the drop of a hat, or become surly whenever a woman happens to disagree with their world view.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:59:00

Dotty Oliver: The passing of a Primal Force

The death of Dotty Oliver, publisher of the much-missed Little Rock Free Press, leaves a void in the universe that will not easily be filled.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 02:38:00

Terror: Why you can’t have your dog back

Though we told you the reason you weren’t getting your dog back (after we had been minding him for a few weeks) was because your major aspiration is to be a minor drug dealer, the real reason is in his eyes, every time he messes up: sheer, unadulterated terror.

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