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On Trade, Trump Is an Encyclopedia of Error

Donald Trump is not a professor, but for years he will be yielding insights to every student of economics. His Tuesday address on trade did a masterful job of combining antiquated fallacies with misinformation and ignorance to create an encyclopedia of error. Instructors have never had so much free help constructing their lesson plans.

Colors

A new poll of Arkansas voters by the Talk Business/Hendrix College partnership indicates our former First Lady, of Arkansas and the U.S., is most definitely not first in our collective esteem. Were the presidential election to be held today Hillary Clinton would lose Arkansas to Donald Trump by eleven — that is 1-1 — points.

The ditch–the final chapter

I’ve been overwhelmed by the almost 60 wonderful e-mails I’ve received on my piece, “The Ditch.” So many of these offered hope I’d find my old friends, Glodene and Doll Baby. I am delighted to tell you I have and I can now give you “the rest of the story.”

Applauding mayor’s Animal Control veto

Continuing its march of distraction, the issue of removing Pine Bluff Animal Control from the supervision of the Police Department has taken yet another turn. Showing the wisdom and judgment that got her elected in the first place, Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth vetoed a proposal to separate the two entities.

Strong evidence against capital punishment

Just this week Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was almost gleeful in stating her intent to set execution dates for several inmates on the state’s death row. I worry about people who think capital punishment represents the great pinnacle of justice. Given her demonstrated proclivities to shill for all manner other ultra-conservative, anti-science and anti-environmental causes, the fact that she champions an ineffectual and draconian punishment philosophy is nauseatingly predictable. At least she’s consistent.

A growing family farm

A few weeks ago I wrote about a small gardening project I had undertaken. I built planter boxes and trellises against my old shed. I planted gourds, moonflowers and pumpkins in the boxes. The gourds and moonflowers are now snaking their way slowly up the trellises. I am hopeful that the summer will yield many flowers and alien-looking fruit.

First ladies independent and important

The old sentiment “behind every successful man is a strong woman” is a tad antiquated in an era when a woman is the putative presidential nominee of a major political party. Strength, intellect, creativity and rectitude have always been equally distributed across genders. Only in recent years has American culture finally begun to embrace that fact.

Reporting from the front

“We leave the Rosebud tomorrow and by the time this reaches you we will have met and fought the red devils, with what result remains to be seen.” These lines were written by famed 19th century journalist, Marcus Kellogg, as he travelled to the site of Little Big Horn with U. S. General George Armstrong Custer. The words would prove to be among Kellogg’s last as he along with 260 cavalrymen were massacred by an overwhelming number of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors just four days later.

Camels, oranges and charity

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about charity. Specifically, I’ve taken note of recent news stories where certain wealthy individuals of my acquaintance have been lauded for their charitable donations. While their philanthropy is indeed laudable, I can’t help but focus on the fact that their charity is funded in large measure through business practices that I believe to be unethical, destructive to the community and, frankly, immoral.

Diplomatic death among demagogues

In a moment of exacerbated and impatient hyperbole most of us have probably said that we’ll die before an anticipated event happens. ‘I’ll just die if I don’t go to the prom… I’ll just die if I don’t get that promotion… I’ll just die if he doesn’t call me for a second date…”

Animal Control Proposal Spite-Driven

As Shakespeare’s King Henry V once vehemently commanded, “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…” Certain predictable members of the Pine Bluff City Council have embraced a similarly brash and blind proposal to restructure management of the Animal Control division of the Pine Bluff Police Department.

Generals historic, memorials modern

As reaffirmed by history, the sacrifice of lives to the cost of democracy is no new undertaking. In 431 BCE, the Athenian leader, Pericles, delivered these words to commemorate the heroic dead of the Peloponnesian War: “For heroes have the whole earth for their tomb; and in lands far from their own, where the column with its epitaph declares it, there is enshrined in every breast a record unwritten with no tablet to preserve it, except that of the heart.” Then as now, we would do well to keep our heroes in our hearts.