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Starving the beast only made it hungrier

Some time in the 1970s, the Republican Party pledged allegiance to a strategy known as “starve the beast,” which said that the way to reduce the size of government was to reduce the taxes going into it. President Reagan in 1981 used another metaphor: reducing children’s allowance. Democrats, happy to increase government without paying for it, largely acquiesced.

Time to use animal cruelty laws

With the recent death of De’Trick Johnson, the people of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County are forced to recognize the flaws in our local culture of animal keeping. While county lawmakers have been largely mute on the twined issues of dangerous dogs and animal cruelty, the Pine Bluff City Council chose to address the problems with ineffectual and uninformed “breed specific” ordinances. These ordinances do little other than punish the dog for the crimes of the owner.

Grandmothers know best

Hillary Rodham Clinton has played many roles in her 67 years: first lady and Secretary of State, senator and presidential candidate. All those titles have one thing in common: They are intensely political and largely partisan.

Dinner and a show tune

Most folks have probably heard of the organization, ASCAP, but have no idea who they are or what they do aside from somehow being involved in the music industry. Today marks the 100 anniversary of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. ASCAP was founded as a means to ensure artists were fairly compensated for the public performance of their work. Among the founding members of ASCAP were the musical greats, Irving Berlin, James Weldon Johnson, Jerome Kern and John Philip Sousa.

Whether terrorists should rot?

“In my opinion the only problem with Guantanamo Bay is there are too many empty beds and cells there right now. We should be sending more terrorists there for further interrogation to keep this country safe. As far as I’m concerned every last one of them can rot in hell, but as long as they don’t do that then they can rot in Guantanamo Bay.”

The future of the private option

The gentleman from Gravette, Jim Hendren, who sits for District 2 in the Arkansas Senate, and who helped Gov. Asa Hutchinson, his uncle, persuade fellow Republicans in the General Assembly to extend for about another two years the Private Option medical coverage program — Jim Hendren has a message for anyone who thinks the issue is settled, done, now and forever.