Thursday evening. Feb. 20, 2014. We turned on our televisions for the evening news and were shocked by the lead story. The Majestic Hotel Resort Spa of Hot Springs was engulfed in flames. It was difficult to absorb the tragedy playing out before our eyes. Firemen with their fat hoses. Crowds bundled in coats against the cold. Somber voices coming from newscasters. It was all surreal.
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Editor, The Commercial :
We can file this one under “it’s about time.”
The Russian invasion of Crimea occurred in a place little known to Americans, for reasons rooted in a tangled and bloody history. The showdown between President Vladimir Putin and the new Ukrainian government is a fight about tangible matters of intense mutual interest.
The crisis in Ukraine highlights two truths about international politics: Some things have not changed since the end of the Cold War. And some things have changed a lot.
Coming soon to your ballot: not very many independents. That’s not unusual because it’s hard to run as an independent, and they rarely win. But this year there will be even fewer than in the last election, and a new state law may be partly to blame.
Only a few hours before a couple of Republican holdouts gave it up and gave their leadership, and the Beebe administration, and about 150,000 Arkansans the private option insurance program — just a few hours earlier the Gallup research organization released its annual survey of obesity in America. Not surprisingly Arkansas was in the top 10, which should be read as the bottom 10. But we always are. We ranked fifth, with more than three of every 10 adults self-reporting their weight and height to an intersection that doctors regard as not simply “full” or plump or “heavy,” but obese. Obese, with every potential for life-threatening or, short of sudden death, life-altering chronic maladies: coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, kidney failure. And others.
For several years, The Commercial has published editorials highlighting problems associated with Pine Bluff’s poorly maintained and dwindling housing stock. In particular, we have regularly noted the crime epidemic that emanates from our community’s decrepit rental housing. Whether one’s home is rented or owned, our city has a tremendous problem associated with blighted housing.
I’m sick and tired of black folks coming up with the most asinine, silly, nonsensical, pathetic, grossly unintelligent and shameful defenses of us using the N-word.
Most of us probably know about Doctors Without Borders, the international medical aid organization that specializes in taking medical services to some of the most imperiled and dangerous places on Earth. According to a recent CNN.com report, there’s another international aid group with a similar goal of making people feel better, but this group doesn’t use traditional medical therapies. Rather, they rely on the “best medicine” — laughter.