It is a fitting coincidence that Nelson Mandela’s death should come so close to another seminal event in the cause of justice: the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.
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We have repeatedly called for a more direct and dependable solution to economic malaise: growing our own. While less flashy and given to much smaller starts, it accords well with the entrepreneurial spirit that makes America the nation it is.
“Free Nelson Mandela
Everybody wants to be a winner, but Arkansas just won a contest that nobody likes: largest increase in reported bed bug cases.
We hope you are safely settled somewhere warm and dry. We hope you stay there.
All involved would likely agree that the most recent meeting of the Pine Bluff City Council was less than ideal. In particular, Mayor Debe Hollingsworth’s abrupt adjournment in response to questions from Alderman Glen Brown was not the best way to handle the situation.
In the opening credits of the gritty HBO crime series, “The Wire”, viewers see a street thug break a surveillance camera with a rock. It’s an act of contempt against the perceived omnipresence and intrusion of government into his neighborhood. But as regular viewers might note, the subject of “The Wire” was the violence of drug dealing.
The costly, counterproductive war on drugs has turned the United States into incarceration nation. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, 716 of every 100,000 people in this country are locked up, by far the highest rate in the world, well ahead of such beacons of freedom as Rwanda, Cuba and Russia.
Around this time of year, when we hear names like Amazon.com, Toys “R” Us, Saks, Zappos, Target and Dillard’s, we think of places to buy presents. When we hear brands like Alexander McQueen, Walt Disney and Marvel Comics, we think of favorite designers and popular characters.
Sunday is World AIDS Day, and there is much to celebrate but also much to frighten.