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Other Voices New law creates barrier for independent candidates

Mar 19, 2014 6:41pm

Coming soon to your ballot: not very many independents. That’s not unusual because it’s hard to run as an independent, and they rarely win. But this year there will be even fewer than in the last...

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Efforts to passfarm bill illustrate Congress’s dysfunction

Jul 17, 2013 5:06pm

Nothing illustrates the dysfunctional nature of Congress like its abortive efforts to pass a new farm bill. If you have gotten the impression that our nation’s lawmakers are not even trying, you...

Other Voices Punting on part of Obamacare

Jul 17, 2013 5:21pm

“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind.

Recentlyjust the Obama administration announced it...

Other Voices Will it take a crisis to fix the debt?

Jul 17, 2013 5:22pm

Rahm Emanuel, once President Obama’s chief of staff and now mayor of Chicago, told corporate executives in 2008, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that, it’s an...

Random Ramblings Conversation really is an art

Jul 10, 2013 11:49pm

The art of conversation.

What exactly does this mean? Some people have the knack of knowing what to say when you really don’t know, or can’t think of anything to say. These people know just...

Attack ads used because they work

Jun 27, 2013 12:10am

If you’ve turned on the television lately, you’ve probably noticed that negative ads for next year’s Senate race have already begun airing.

We can look forward to 17 months of this....

Oil companies flaunt state law

Jun 19, 2013 12:18am

By Roy Ockert

Most disturbing of the many allegations in a lawsuit filed jointly last week by Arkansas and the federal government in the Mayflower pipeline rupture is that the oil companies...

Other Voices Fracking: First do no harm

Jun 06, 2013 10:08am

Our country is addicted to oil and gas. In recent years the technique of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, has gotten greater attention, both positive and negative. It is a Trojan...

Other Voices War and peace in brief

Jun 06, 2013 10:08am

It may surprise some of my more conservative readers, but I couldn’t be more indifferent about the fate of pending gun control legislation now before Congress. My indifference comes from a couple...

Random Ramblings It is in the giving that we receive

Jun 06, 2013 10:08am

Volunteers are the backbone of our community. There are volunteer firefighters, hospital volunteers, volunteers in religious and civic groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H clubs, volunteers at...

Opening up the primaries

May 30, 2013 4:07am

Opening up the primaries

Just two weeks ago, Republican House Speaker Davy Carter was considered to be a top prospect to replace incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe, a term-limited Democrat.

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