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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.

Graven idols disguised as piety

One of the best things about the United States is our freedom of religious expression. We can worship whatever god we choose, in pretty much whatever way we choose. We can also choose not to worship anything. This is a luxury many nations do not afford their citizens.

War, peace and the next president

When President Woodrow Wilson ran for re-election in 1916, as Europeans slaughtered each other on an unprecedented scale, his slogan was, “He kept us out of war.” If Barack Obama were allowed to run for re-election, he could use this slogan: “He kept us out of Syria.”

Mayor’s race: One clear choice

With early voting having started this week, we note the importance of several local races. None could be more critical than the contest to be mayor of Pine Bluff. After careful consideration of the five individuals vying for the seat, we conclude there is only one logical choice.

Red flags mark mayoral candidate

As recently reported in The Commercial, candidates for political office are required to submit financial interest disclosure reports as part of the election process. Candidates for mayor of Pine Bluff recently filed their reports with the City Clerk’s Office. Those reports reflect a number of interesting facts about some of the people running for that office.

Planning puts smart brake on sale

As recently reported in The Commercial, the Pine Bluff City Council Development and Planning Committee recommended the full council consider a measure imposing a moratorium on the city sales of property zoned for commercial use until more detailed guidelines are developed.

Old grudge new fodder

Last week The Commercial reported on yet another kerfuffle between mayoral candidate Theodis “Ted” Davis and his former associate on the Jefferson County Board of Election Commissioners, Stu Soffer. Like the swallows returning to San Capistrano, these individuals never disappoint in their political theatrics.