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Medical weed: What images do you see?

Unless Arkansas somehow becomes competitive in the presidential race, which it probably won’t, the state’s airwaves won’t be crammed with political advertising by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Pity our unfortunate fellow Americans in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida for that one. In Arkansas, the only race between candidates that might be mildly interesting is the one for U.S. Senate between Sen. John Boozman and Conner Eldridge.

Heroes ensnared in bureaucracy

Recently, the local CBS television affiliate, KTHV, broadcast a report about Joe George, a Pearl Harbor survivor and hero of the ill-fated USS Arizona. Through George’s efforts, the lives of six other sailors were saved, but there was a catch. Because a superior officer had ordered George to stop, the hero sailor was never officially recognized by the Navy for his act of bravery.

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.

Diplomatic death among demagogues

In a moment of exacerbated and impatient hyperbole most of us have probably said that we’ll die before an anticipated event happens. ‘I’ll just die if I don’t go to the prom… I’ll just die if I don’t get that promotion… I’ll just die if he doesn’t call me for a second date…”

Animal Control Proposal Spite-Driven

As Shakespeare’s King Henry V once vehemently commanded, “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…” Certain predictable members of the Pine Bluff City Council have embraced a similarly brash and blind proposal to restructure management of the Animal Control division of the Pine Bluff Police Department.

Doughnuts with Kant and walnuts

There was a major annual observance this past week, and I’d hazard to guess most of you let it slip by without notice. Obviously, I mean National Doughnut Day. National Doughnut Day is celebrated in the United States on the first Friday in June each year.

Chow-chow and sweet dreams

Mama helped Daddy in the store while I was young. The store was on the other end of the acre where our house was located. Willie Mae stayed with me during weekdays, but Mama often worked late at the store. Especially on Friday and Saturday nights when country people came in to “trade.” On those nights, I went across the street to Miss Dora’s and Jim’s house.


We were lunching, a trio: two journalists and another native Arkansan, a veteran of Washington politics, including service to Bill and Hillary Clinton in their eight White House years, and who remains in fairly close touch with both. Decades of acquaintanceship and the off-the-record atmosphere made for a relaxed, reflective and candid two hours. The conversation naturally turned to Hillary, her prospective presidency, how it might unfold.

Trump’s epic meltdown

Donald Trump: crazy or evil? That’s the question that has loomed over his presidential candidacy from the start. But we now have a definitive answer. He is a raging tsunami of both qualities. Without one or the other, he would just not be the Trump we know.

Generals historic, memorials modern

As reaffirmed by history, the sacrifice of lives to the cost of democracy is no new undertaking. In 431 BCE, the Athenian leader, Pericles, delivered these words to commemorate the heroic dead of the Peloponnesian War: “For heroes have the whole earth for their tomb; and in lands far from their own, where the column with its epitaph declares it, there is enshrined in every breast a record unwritten with no tablet to preserve it, except that of the heart.” Then as now, we would do well to keep our heroes in our hearts.

TSA looking for Minotaurs

The Transportation Security Administration has been in the news a lot lately. The coverage has not been flattering. Too few screeners, high failure rates and government-leading rates of employee turnover are but a few of the leading complaints against the embattled agency.