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Washington keeps up war on reporters

Washington’s war on the press took another unsettling turn this summer. It took a couple of months for the story to crack the news, but we now have an even clearer picture of how easy it is for authorities to trample the constitutional protections provided to journalists, to say nothing of the Fourth Amendment rights enjoyed by all Americans.

Healthcare.gov exchange failing by design

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius went to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field last week to promote Obamacare. As reported by Triblive.com, Ms. Sebelius was joined by Steelers chairman Dan Rooney in a conference room to educate attendees about the health care law and to promote enrollment.

The coast is clear — for now

Within moments of its on-line publication it was subsumed, overwhelmed by coverage of the nation's latest sad, if predictable, spectacle — the slaughter of a dozen innocents by a disturbed man at the Washington Navy Yard. Once assured that the violence was contained, however, the political class in Washington turned its eye to a poll freshly released by CNN. And then began linking to it in e-mails to operatives in the 50 states.

Hill runs for the House

House District 35 stretches from the northern part of Little Rock out past Pinnacle Mountain. Like at least a third of the state's House seats, it will have no incumbent in next year's elections. It would not be worth singling out except for this: Its announced Republican candidate is French Hill, one of the state's top-tier business figures.

ObamaCare will tighten doctor pools

President Barack Obama's 2009 guarantee was emphatic. "We will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period."

Tough time for men, in and out of school

My alma mater, Ouachita Baptist University, and my wife's alma mater, Henderson State University, sit across the street from each other in Arkadelphia. In many ways they are in different worlds – OBU being a private Baptist college, HSU being an affordable state school.

Prevent toaster pastry larceny in your community

Considering the news of late, I urge everyone to start, sign, and submit petitions to add Parenting 101 and 102 to our public schools' curricula. The classes can be made available to high school sophomores and juniors, with a stipulation that students must pass both classes with a minimum grade of B+ to graduate.

Just so you know, your attic is out to get you

Moving the contents of our old attic to our current house in has been enlightening. If you get nothing else from my story, please commit this one important lesson to memory: move everything when you move. Using your old house as a storage building while it's on the market might seem to save time and money up front. However, you are only prolonging the inevitable.