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House bill increases school funding per student

The House is now in the final weeks of the 2019 regular session. In recent days, the House has passed legislation increasing education funding, legislation increasing sales tax exemptions on used cars, and legislation creating a...

There's will to act on guns in America. So why don't we?

Six days. That's how long it took New Zealand's parliament, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with the support of opposition leaders, to ban military-style assault weapons in the wake of a deadly rampage at two mosques in. . .

Continued immigration hard on immigrants, native-born alike

A case can be made that those who suffer the most from never-ending immigration are the most recently arrived aliens. NPR, in a piece that ostensibly intended to highlight an alleged labor shortage, instead proved how continued. . .

Another tax cut on Senate agenda

LITTLE ROCK -- The Senate has already approved several large tax cuts this session, and another one is on its agenda. Senate Bill 576 will make far-reaching changes in the state corporate income tax code, to the extent that the...

Tax liens an overlooked problem in Arkansas

By Greg Kaza Special to the Guard A 2016 report found the state of Arkansas had more than $300 million in uncollected tax liens. That finding begs the question: what is the relationship between taxpayers who pay their taxes in a...

The college admissions process was scandalous long before we learned about celebrity bribes

Los Angeles Times U.S. Editorial Roundup The indictment of dozens of wealthy parents, including several Hollywood actresses and business leaders, along with the top college athletic coaches they allegedly bribed, tells a shocking...

Presidential hopeful Buttigieg (Who?!) elevates our discourse

Pete Buttigieg isn't likely to be the next Democratic presidential nominee, Most people have no clue who he is, don't know how to pronounce his name and will be loath to believe that the mayor of a small city has the requisite...

Eberts Field and early efforts at flight in Arkansas

The 20th century opened up a new frontier for innovation and adventure: the skies. With the first successful airplane flight of Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903, airplanes began making rapid advances that would change...

Why not Texarkana?

Tens of thousands of people descended on Waco, Texas, over the weekend. No, it wasn't hordes of Baylor supporters eager to see their beloved Bears triumph in some sporting event. Nor was it fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines...

Another horrific puppy mill:

Chicago Tribune U.S. Editorial Roundup The news stories and photos from a Berrien County, Georgia, puppy mill are half past maddening: In recent days, authorities have removed more than 700 dogs from the wretched facility....

House bill to 'transform' 911, add surcharge to cellphone bill

Last week, the House passed legislation which will change the way our communities respond to emergencies, the way we regulate our businesses, and the way our government is structured. One of the many bills passed on the House...

New technology

Cellphones were new, and the university made me carry one because I was the director of internet systems. They wanted to be able to get hold of me if something went wrong, which, with the internet in its infancy, it often did....

Sham climate crises divert dollars and sense from real preventable crises

Last week Beto O'Rourke took on the mantle of the latest Democratic presidential hopeful for 2020. America and the world face a "crisis!" Of course we do! We are surrounded by crises. When asked his thoughts on the new green...

America's small businesses win and will thrive under new trade agreement

By Karen Kerrigan Special to the Guard The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed by President Trump and his fellow leaders at the G20 in Argentina. The accord modernizes the decades-old NAFTA and is chock full...

American neighbors connect via newspapers

By Melissa Martin Special to the Guard What's happening in the 50 states of the United States of America? What's going on in small towns in America? What's the latest information between the East Coast and the West Coast? North,...

The value of a photo

Nowadays, the vast majority of the population has a camera in their pocket or their purse, via cellphone, so it was with some surprise when I read the other day an article about Costco closing down its photo labs. The reason,. . .

A check we can't cash

One of the jobs that I have as Scoutmaster is to help teach the boys about serving others. Winter is good for that. There are always people who need wood chopped or hauled, and in a winter like this one, there is lots of snow to...