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Herbie: No love just bugs

As many readers are doubtless aware, the automaker, Volkswagen, has come under fire for allegedly including a software switch that allowed heavily polluting vehicles to circumvent emissions inspections. Not only was this an outright fraud, it also meant that buyers were getting neither the promised fuel economy, environmental protection nor performance they were promised. I wished this surprised me. It doesn’t.

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Victims are deprived of their autonomy, liberty, and security, and face tremendous threats to their health and safety. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we reaffirm our dedication to forging an America where no one suffers the hurt and hardship that domestic violence causes — and we recommit to doing everything in our power to uphold the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse.

Dollarway on the perennial precipice

While we were heartened to hear that the Dollarway School District has approved a budget for the 2015-2016 school year, we remain very concerned about a number of other critical issues. Even as the school board passed the budget submitted by Superintendent Patsy Hughey, a reminder of old demons immediately descended into the proceedings.

Why the gop loses in a shutdown

There’s been talk of two potential government shutdowns: one this week over funding Planned Parenthood that’s probably not going to happen, and one in December if the government reaches the debt ceiling. Whenever a shutdown occurs, Republicans will be blamed more than Democrats. That’s because of the brand Republicans themselves have created.

A contemptible tenth anniversary

Today marks the tenth anniversary of New York Times reporter Judith Miller’s release from federal detention for failure to testify in the investigation into the leaking of the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame. Miller had been jailed since July 2005 because she refused to reveal a confidential source and for refusing to testify before a grand jury empaneled to investigate the so-called Plame Affair. Miller agreed to testify only after her source, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, signed a waiver giving her permission to speak.

Shining new light on economic development

We were heartened to learn that the Arkansas state Public Service Commission gave its approval on Thursday for Entergy Arkansas to enter into a 20-year power purchase agreement with the state’s largest solar energy facility to be built by NextEra Energy Resources. As reported by Arkansas News Bureau, the deal paves the way for construction to begin on an 81-megawatt solar energy generating facility on 500 acres southeast of Stuttgart. Entergy projects the facility will produce enough clean energy to power about 13,000 homes and will reduce the demand for fossil-fueled energy.

Berra, Paige two wise performers

This week we note two milestones in baseball. The New York Yankees’ most memorably ineloquent All-Star, Yogi Berra, passed away at age 90. Then there’s an anniversary. Fifty years ago today, legendary pitcher, Satchel Paige, became the oldest person to pitch in a major league game at age 59.

Coco and white pants

Labor Day marked the symbolic end of summer. While astronomical fall doesn’t begin until Sept. 23, the mood has already begun to shift from crisp white to autumnal orange. This segue can also be seen in another seasonal shift: the custom of putting away one’s white clothing until Easter, next spring.

No, the system is not broken

If there is anything presidential candidates agree on this year, it’s that our government and politics are not functioning to fulfill the desires of the American people. Donald Trump proclaims that “our system is broken.”

Fixated on hot biscuits

t’s funny how some things can just stick in your craw. Recently, I was in a car with a couple of friends when one of them asked, “Have y’all tried the new Lay’s Biscuits and Gravy flavored potato chips?”

County clerk places self above law

Kim Davis, clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, has received a great deal of media attention in the last few days. While having her own questionable history in terms of making a go of marriage, Davis, who purports to be an evangelical Christian, thinks she should be able to prevent others from entering the same union. She instructed her deputies to withhold marriage licenses from same-sex couples who wish to get married in Rowan County.

Crime distinction but no difference

An interesting thing has happened in terms of crime in Pine Bluff. For the first time in almost two years, the monthly comparison between crime last year and crime this year, showed an increase. According to the Pine Bluff Police Department, there was a 13.74 percent increase in August 2015 versus August 2014.

Republicans and racial fears

After the 2008 presidential election, it was obvious that American politics was entering a new era in which race would figure less than it had before. For the first time in our history, we had a president who was not white, and it was bound to have a profound, positive impact.