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McPherson has uphill climb in 1st District race

You have to listen closely these days to tell a Democratic politician from a Republican. Such is the state of politics in Arkansas today. Democrats have always had their differences with the views of some national party leaders, but they were still able to succeed and even dominate elections with the Democratic label.

Congress must fix Federal Highway Trust Fund soon

Advertising for candidates for governor and U.S. senator from Arkansas thus far focuses mostly on inane arguments such as who is closer to Nancy Pelosi and who is the biggest threat to Medicare. Arkansas would be better served if the candidates would tell us what they will do about our crumbling infrastructure, especially the highway system.

Taking a look at 2013 heroes

Rather than look back at the top stories of 2013, let’s discuss a few people who made news because of their heroism. In some cases the heroism was a body of work, accumulated over many years and often resulting in greater good; for others a single, unexpected event brought out their courage.

ROTC program must prove worthiness again

After almost 80 years of producing commissioned military officers, you would think the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Arkansas State University has proven itself. But that’s obviously not the case as the program on the ASU-Jonesboro campus is one of 13 nationwide placed on the chopping block by the U.S. Army.

Remembering that Friday 50 years ago

Fifty years ago this Friday I was a freshman journalism major at Arkansas State College, working as a part-time sports writer for the Jonesboro Evening Sun . Since it was an afternoon newspaper then, my duties included reporting to work at 6:30 a.m. — quite a challenge for an 18-year-old — and working two or three hours until time for class.