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Traveling Cruz’s higher low road

Political conventions are supposed to be the place where differences are set aside and the party faithful fall in line behind whoever has the proverbial nod. As the Republican party brought its party to a close last week there were still many of the faithful who hadn’t quite taken the medicine. Then there was Sen. Ted Cruz.

Sitting Bull still instructs us

As many inspirational leaders often have, the leader of the Hunkpapa Lakota tribe and (eventually) the entire Sioux Nation, Sitting Bull, gave his life in furtherance of human rights for his people. Sitting Bull earned his name because of his reputation as a courageous warrior — who, like a bison bull, would dig in and fight rather than flee.

Legislators codify diligent discrimination

Almost every day the theocratic dullards holding the wheel of Arkansas state government prove they are out of step with both mainstream America and modern Christian values. Even so, Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s minion continually embarrass and retard the Natural State’s place in our great nation.

Spend less to tax less

Lt. Governor Tim Griffin is pushing an idea: Cut spending first and then cut taxes. It’s so crazy it just might work, which is why he wants to try it in Arkansas and why, hopefully, someone will try it in Washington, D.C.

Legislators codify diligent discrimination

Almost every day the theocratic dullards holding the wheel of Arkansas state government prove they are out of step with both mainstream America and modern Christian values. Even so, Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s minion continually embarrass and retard the Natural State’s place in our great nation.

New leadership faces old challenges

Baseball legend Yogi Berra once quipped, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” With the welcomed arrival of newly appointed Pine Bluff School District Superintendent C. Michael Robinson, we can’t help but feel like we’ve been here before.

Courthouse gets served hot dogs

We wonder if it’s possible for the ghost of a still-living person to inhabit the body of someone else. We wonder this because it sure seems like Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson is channeling the spirit of the freewheeling former sheriff of Pulaski County, Tommy Robinson. Maybe it’s just in the name… . Either way, Gerald Robinson’s recent mercurial revocation of security officers from the Jefferson County Courthouse is as high-handed as anything the other “sheriff hot dog” ever did.

Ignominy of the Black Sox

This month in 1921, jury selection began in the trial of several members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team. Chicago White Sox star players Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver, Eddie Cicotte and five others, were accused of a conspiracy to throw the 1919 World Series.

Financing our final frontier

The importance of innovation derived from U.S. space missions would be difficult to overstate. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), created in 1958, was given a twofold task: to advance the exploration of outer space and as the enabling legislation states, there is a specific mandate for the agency to “provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information concerning its activities and the results thereof.”

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.