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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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Other Voices Budget news mostly good, some bad

May 23, 2013 12:56am

There was good news and bad news about the federal government’s finances this week. Let’s start, and end, with the good news.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week estimated that...

Shoffner’s troubles highlight need for qualified officeholder

May 23, 2013 12:29am

The arrest of state Treasurer Martha Shoffner on federal extortion charges was not a complete surprise, although the process and new allegations were unexpected.

Shoffner had endured...

A board asks chancellors to support proposed tuition-fee hikes

May 23, 2013 12:28am

Board asks chancellors to back tuition-fee hikes

By Roy Ockert

A committee of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees will make...

Decoration Day is becoming a lost tradition

May 16, 2013 3:43am

In Van Buren County, we mostly still call it Decoration Day, but elsewhere the final Monday is May is generally marked as Memorial Day.

Whatever the name, the day, which falls this year on...

There’s a hole in the bucket — and the overpass

May 01, 2013 11:49pm

Remember that old folk song, “There’s a Hole in the Bucket”?

In the song, “Henry” tells his “dear Liza” about a hole in their bucket, and no matter how she asks him to fix it, he always...

Other Voices Worse than a Kreelon invasion

Apr 24, 2013 6:03pm

In the 1997 sci-fi comedy “Men in Black,” Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) tells his partner, Agent J (Will Smith), an important thing about humanity: “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky,...

House Call

Apr 24, 2013 6:11pm

Q: Is there a difference between being sensitive to gluten and having celiac disease?

A: Gluten is a substance found in cereal grains, especially wheat. It gives dough its elastic texture....

Other Voices Pipeline furthers energy pipedream

Apr 10, 2013 6:02am

We’ve been down this road a hundred times. Even so, distorted facts gushing from lobbyists ensure we’ll be here again.

As has been widely reported, residents of the tiny town of Mayflower...

Other Voices County judge reports road progress

Apr 10, 2013 6:02am

The County Road Department is off to a fast start in 2013. Following is this years goals followed by the last 12 weeks YTD totals:

Tons of gravel — 160,000 tons, 46,722 tons

4”+ gravel...

Other Voices Don’t pass a law unless it’s needed

Apr 03, 2013 6:01am

State legislators generally do a good job of considering the issues, and I’m not one who bashes them. But we’ve reached the point in the session when I am looking forward to them going home....

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