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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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2 trends changing American life

Dec 20, 2012 12:07pm

Dr. James Johnson, a demographer from North Carolina, spoke to school board members from across Arkansas Dec. 5 about disruptive trends, some of which are so big that there’s no way they...

Backing off the no-tax pledge

Dec 05, 2012 6:01am

Some congressional Republicans are beginning to back off that “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” they signed. That’s a hopeful sign, because they never should have signed such a pledge at all, and if...

Commonsense It’s all about people helping people

Nov 28, 2012 6:00am

I opened my Galaxy today, reading about the horrific fog-related vehicle pile-up on I-10 out of Houston. What a shock after all the Thanksgiving food and fun. Probably, many of the folks had...

Public perception good so far in Legislature

Nov 21, 2012 6:05pm

Everything appears to be working smoothly with a Republican majority in the Arkansas House and Senate.

For anyone emerging from a cave, the state Legislature will be majority...

Some can’t tell the difference

Nov 21, 2012 6:01am

Rarely does U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., offer a political opinion with which I agree, but in a Nov. 5 interview with Politico, he couldn’t have been more on target.

“If I hear...

Remembering veterans

Oct 31, 2012 5:01am


Remembering veterans

Diane Hall, a member of the Clinton chapter of the Maria Van Buren Daughters of the American Revolution, places flowers and flags at the Courthouse...

<p>Matthew Pate</p>

Scientifically measuring criminal man

Oct 23, 2012 10:44pm

PBS recently broadcast a superlative episode of the series, NOVA Science Now. The title of the episode was “Can Science Stop Crimes?” Host David Pogue, took viewers through the work of leading...

Commonsense Commentary — Time to exercise your birthright — vote

Oct 23, 2012 8:58pm

“Going to the polls and voting is one of the most important birth rights we have as citizens of this country.” Mike Roark, Russellville Courier editor, Oct. 7, 2012

The year was 1781....

<p>Rick Fahr</p>

Shale a divisive issue for Arkansans

Aug 06, 2012 8:31pm

If you live in a part of the state not affected by the Fayetteville Shale Play, be thankful — not because of the issues surrounding the process of extracting natural gas from underground, but...

<p>Matthew Pate</p>

Sobol offered refuge for ‘nerds’

Aug 06, 2012 8:29pm

A few days ago I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of local prison inmates. The men were recent graduates of a program designed to help them make better and more informed life choices. This...

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