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Priorities and the Hogs

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines “juxtaposition” as “the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side.” On January 27, an interesting one occurred at a University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees meeting.

Cruz, Rubio and God

If you attend a Republican presidential event on the campaign trail, you may come to wonder if you made a wrong turn and ended up in church. If you are not a believer — an evangelical Christian believer, that is — you may feel ever so slightly unwelcome.

Former Arkansans, in Iowa, New Hampshire

The city of White Hall has done a lot of growing over the past couple of decades. From traffic lights to businesses and all manner of residential developments, White Hall is growing up. One thing that hasn’t kept pace with all this growth: The White Hall High School. If you were a student there in 1981 the core amenities would look pretty familiar.

White Hall millage round 2

The city of White Hall has done a lot of growing over the past couple of decades. From traffic lights to businesses and all manner of residential developments, White Hall is growing up. One thing that hasn’t kept pace with all this growth: The White Hall High School. If you were a student there in 1981 the core amenities would look pretty familiar.

Tired approach awakens resources

It is so refreshing to see government working as it should. Last week The Commercial published a report detailing innovations in the Jefferson County recycling program. In specific, the article highlighted a process in which the county produces and sells fuel made from discarded tires.

Prisons, diamond clad and breaded

Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the upcoming awards presentation, there’s been a bit of a furor over the demonstrable lack of diversity among the current cohort. While those nominated certainly reflect the demographic character of those in charge of nominations, they aren’t very reflective of the U.S. population. In specific, the nominees in most of the major categories are all white.

Landmark slips slowly away

A few days ago The Commercial reported a recent act of vandalism at the historic Saenger Theatre located in downtown Pine Bluff. While thieves destroyed property and took things that weren’t theirs to take, the real damage is found in what they have exposed. They have cast a harsh light on Pine Bluff’s darkest secret: nobody cares.

Walesa rises, old foes fall

Twenty-five years ago today, the one-time dissident leader, Lech Walesa, became the first noncommunist president of Poland since World War II. Walesa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, had been an ardent critic of Soviet hegemony in his position as a labor movement leader. At the time, many saw Walesa’s ascension for what it was: a harbinger of changes yet to come.

Needing more nooks for books

If you’re around me long enough, I’ll probably give you a book. If you’re fortunate, it’ll be something other than the ones I’ve written. When directly asked, I might give up a copy of my first book, but surrendering one’s magnum opus is a lot like giving somebody a framed photo of your baby. Even if it’s ugly, they have to pretend it isn’t. Nobody wants to hear “who put the monkey in a stroller?”

Royalty at the White House

On December 21, 1970 one of the more curious meetings with a sitting U.S. president took place. Photographs from that meeting are kept by the National Archives and Records Administration. Of the millions of images maintained by the National Archives one might guess that the most requested photo reproduction request would be of something like a battle scene or a poignant moment form the civil rights struggle. You’d be wrong.

New era in animal keeping

We are heartened at the imminent opening of the new Pine Bluff Animal Shelter. After decades of backward-looking management and a facility that can only be described as medieval, the city is poised to inaugurate a new era of progressive, humane and positive animal keeping.