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Like Mike

In the 1990’s, Michael Jordan was a hero of the NBA and a pop culture icon. A recurring theme in Gatorade ads at the time featured people singing about how they wanted to “be like Mike.”

What should be done about Lidia?

When leaders of eight Arkansas higher learning institutions sent a letter to Congress recently calling for immigration reform, among their arguments was that undocumented students brought to America as children struggle to access college — a waste of their talents, both for them and for society.

Voter fraud is a fraud

Hardly anyone noticed last spring when Jon Husted, the Republican Secretary of State in Ohio, issued a report on the 2012 election. Out of 5.63 million ballots cast in that state, he identified 135 possible cases of voter fraud.

When will the madness end?

Who knows when this madness will end. Perhaps by the time these words reach print we will have been delivered of the latest psychotic episode — the absurd shuttering of some federal government bureaus and offices. Dangerous shenanigans, and a national embarrassment. And still to come is the debt ceiling debate.

Uncle Sam can't refuse to pay bills

As this column is being written, the government is shut down, which is bad, but temporary. The bigger debate is over raising the debt limit, which will be reached on about Oct. 17. The consequences of failing to increase it would be permanent, would cost taxpayers trillions of dollars, and would benefit mostly the foreign creditors who loan our government money.

The real meaning of the 'Redskins' debate

As a general rule, the names of professional sports teams, and their connotations, are of little concern. No one cares that the Chicago White Sox don’t wear white socks, or that Utah, where the NBA’s Jazz are based, is the last place you’d think of when you think of jazz.

Obamacare is here for now

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — has dominated the political conversation for the last five years since the legislation was introduced in 2009. Now, at long last, key parts of it are here, but for how long may depend on factors outside either political party’s control.

Can a new sisterhood march on Washington?

"Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will," Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." He was describing his frustration with some white "moderates" who gave lip service to his civil rights case but couldn't bring themselves to join. "Lukewarm acceptance," King wrote, "is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

A march in Little Rock

Approaching the state Capitol steps Wednesday for a 50th anniversary celebration of the 1963 March on Washington, you could hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech booming over the loudspeakers. It sounded just like him, but it wasn't a recording.

Impeachment is new lost cause

Sometimes politics is like high-stakes poker. If you look around the table after a few hands and you can't tell who's the pigeon, citizen, chances are it's you: the guy who plunked down $26.95 for a book called "Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office."

The costs of symbolism in Syria

How many innocent Syrians should we be willing to kill to send a message? Since Barack Obama feels the need to make a point about chemical weapons and sees verbal options as inadequate, that's the question we confront. But it's hard to think of a number that is easy to justify.

Mark Pryor’s cyber letter

Concise prose is not always the standard of our era's political epistles; a candidate's appeal for support can run on for pages. Sen. Mark Pryor's cyber-letter, however, was remarkable not only for its brevity — fewer than 200 words — but its potential significance to not only his campaign for a third U.S. Senate term, but to Democratic nominees in Arkansas for governor and downballot races.

We shall overcome … someday

Today is the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. As we reflect back on this era in America's history, when the "least" of us rose up to shake off 350 years of bondage and injustice, veterans of the movement become nostalgic. From Pine Bluff and numerous other cities across the country, hundreds of thousands of people; black and white, rich and poor, priests/pastors and laymen, entertainers and farmers, children and adults converged on the nation's capital to demand legislation that would end racial discrimination throughout the South and the nation.