I thought it would be beneficial to explain what voters can expect on Election Day and some of the pertinent laws.
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About 12 years ago I returned to Pine Bluff, my hometown, after spending nearly 40 years living elsewhere. One of my favorite preoccupations from the start has been the writing of letters and guest columns to The Commercial .
Unless you have had your telephone disconnected or have been vacationing in outer Siberia, you know this is an election year in Arkansas. We have a governor’s race and an especially heated one for the Senate going on in The Natural State.
I received a special honor this weekend. I was asked back to give the keynote speech at the El Dorado High School Class of ‘69’s 45th reunion. I taught English IV that year. I was a bit apprehensive at first. Yet, at the end of the speech, I enjoyed a standing ovation and was “over the moon” because of the “Thank-you-for what-you-did-for-me” remarks and the student who asked, “You goin’ with anyone right now?” before slapping Freemon on the shoulder. The following includes portions of that speech …
New York Times reporter James Risen may soon have to decide whether to testify in a criminal trial or go to jail for contempt of court.
So many things have changed since I began elementary school back in 1949. First, we did not go to kindergarten. It didn’t exist. We never used 20-pound backpacks slung over our shoulders to carry everything from books to cell phones to clothing. We carried our sparse needs in book satchels. They were plastic, light-weight, some decorated with pictures of heroes of the day. There was a little pocket in the front for items such as colors and lunch tickets.
Negative campaign ads appear to be on the rise with the approach of this fall’s congressional elections and the 2016 presidential campaign. Hardly anyone has a good word to say about them. The standard critique — that they demean our democracy, deceive voters and cause disgusted voters to stay home on Election Day — has the ring of truth. But this exaggerates the negative about negative ads while obscuring their benefits.
The Department of Agriculture has released its annual report on the cost of raising children, and the upshot is what you probably already know: It’s expensive.
I want to tell the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County community about a woman of virtue. She was an exceptional person, full of the spirit of God and much wisdom.
It’s easy to think about childproofing when you have little ones under foot all the time. It’s easy to forget about it when you don’t.