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Not only is a blue wave coming, it's getting stronger

As the Trump White House lurches from one public relations disaster to another, Democrats are increasingly optimistic over regaining control of the House in an overwhelming fashion.Some are giddily predicting a landslide of...

America has always been great

I never liked the campaign slogan "Make America Great Again. "The implication was that we'd entered some dystopian era in which America was unexceptional, unpleasant, and diminished. Watching the red-hatted #MAGA folk cheer at. . .

Pluto debate is still hot

What is Pluto? Depending who you ask, Pluto is either Mickey Mouse's pet dog, the Roman god of the Underworld or a planet. Excuse me, I mean "dwarf planet." Or do I? There seems to be a lot of debate as to what Pluto, once at the. . .

Arkansas ballplayer never gave up

Arkansas native Lon Warneke was a note major league baseball pitcher during the 1930s and 1940s. Called "The Arkansas Hummingbird" by the press and in a 2014 biography, he enjoyed a 15-year career in the major leagues. A...

My dad deserved an Emmy

In the history of television, during which thousands of network entertainment programs have come and gone, only one show has produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades: "Candid Camera." What a remarkable feat. With...

Kavanaugh deserved better ... and so do we

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was never going to get a fair break during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The fault lies not with obstructionist Democrats, however, but with Republican leadership and...

Perfect sisters

They were the perfect sisters. They were both kind and pretty, and both were cheerleaders. Sally was my age, and Martha was a year younger. I had never seen them angry at each other, and a person would be wise not to cross one of...

A sweeping success

Performing on the road has its great moments and even a few that are less great. Needless to say there are often things to laugh at along the way. One of my devoted readers said that I have been too serious of late and needed to. . .

State Capitol week in review

From the Arkansas Senate LITTLE ROCK -- The state Department of Human Services announced that 4,353 Arkansans were no longer eligible for Medicaid benefits because over the past three months they failed to comply with work...

Transgender recruiting plans include your kids

Ryan T. Anderson, the author of "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment," gave a speech last week at Catholic University of America. It was all very dignified and featured a walking-on-eggshells atmosphere....

Fed chair calls slow wage growth 'a puzzle'

In its new study, "Tapping the Skills of Highly Skilled Immigrants in the United States," the Migration Policy Institute stated that, according to economists, by the end of this decade, the nation will have a 5 million shortage. . .

Woman dies in crash

A Cabot woman died and a Judsonia man was injured in a motorcycle-car crash in Southside Saturday afternoon, according to Cpl. Robert Stewart with the Arkansas State Police. Stewart said the fatality victim was Kristie M. Talley,...

Resistance in the White HouseĀ 

The stories of chaos, craziness and betrayal going on inside the Trump White House are nothing to worry much about. White House staffers attempting to influence, question or thwart a president's ideas or goals are as old as. . .

From the Arkansas House of Representatives

From 1999 to 2016, the suicide rate in half of all U.S. states increased by more than 30. Arkansas was one of those states. Last year, suicide was the leading cause of violent death in Arkansas. There were 621 Arkansans who died...

Scrapbooking a work of heart

If you're like most people you probably have some old photos tucked away in a box with no dates, names or other identifying features. After you're gone, let's face it - will there be anyone left behind who is going to care about. . .

Cancer, a dog and a revival at the river

After 47 days in the hospital, three weeks which had been on a ventilator and a diagnosis with only a few short months to live, Kelly Phillips made the decision to change the course of his life and death could just come and find. . .

Time to look at what life insurance you have and what you need

Seniors, can we talk? Do you know what this month is? Yes, it is the month of September - do you know what else it is? You don't need to get your dancing shoes on or prepare for a huge celebration but it is Life Insurance. . .

Arkansas' stolen 1870 congressional election

Backstabbing and corruption are often common features of politics, so much so that many people are repelled by the entire process. The obsessive quest for power sometimes turns upstanding citizens into monstrous tyrants. In...

Wild-ish kingdom: Inept interactions with backyard wildlife

As you enjoy the pleasant weather of late summer and early autumn, you are likely to encounter local wildlife.No, I don't mean the neighbors' children, but actual non-humanoid, indigenous animals. What follows are some accounts. . .

From the Arkansas House of Representatives

Half of all the rice grown in the United States is grown right here in Arkansas. With more than 9 billion pounds of rice produced each year, Arkansas grows more rice than any other state. September is National Rice Month, a time...

State Capitol Week in Review

LITTLE ROCK -- Legislators convened a special meeting to ask tough questions of prison officials after five inmates died of suspected drug overdoses within a few days. The cause of their deaths is not official because autopsies...

Losing the 'tire'

Doc, I have gained weight this year, but most of it seems to build up around my stomach area. I've been trying to cut back on my unhealthy foods, but are there any specific exercises I can do to help lose the fat around my...

Anonymous official no hero

Texarkana Gazette Arkansas Editorial Roundup All Washington and much of the rest of the country are buzzing over who wrote an explosive opinion piece published this month in The New York Times. The author is, according to the...