Local government is where the action is

November 30, 2017 It’s budget time for city and county governments. It’s probably the busiest time of year for local lawmakers, who not only have their regular meetings but also a workshop or two to discuss the budget and get it lined up so they can vote on it at the following regular meeting. It’s a big thing. All the elected officials from the justices … Continue reading Local government is where the action is

Nuclear winter for news organizations

November 8, 2017 It’s not easy being a journalist. Sure, you may not be as physically taxed as a surveyor who spends his day walking a variety of rough terrain (I’ve done that), as monotonous as working on a production line in a factory (I’ve done that, too) or potentially hazardous as working the graveyard shift at a minimart (done it as well), but journalism … Continue reading Nuclear winter for news organizations

No use for conspiracy theorists

October 11, 2017 October 2017 started off with tragedy as 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded when a shooter armed with rifles modified to shoot on full auto opened fire on a crowd of thousands at a country music festival. The shooter, unlike his victims, chose his time to go by shooting himself before he could be arrested. The usual debate … Continue reading No use for conspiracy theorists

On Columbus Day facts and history don’t always agree

Oct. 5, 2017 Next Monday is Columbus Day, at least in Arkansas and most other states. It’s not a day celebrated by everyone, particularly the descendants of the first nations who saw their populations decimated by the onslaught of Europeans that Columbus is given credit of opening the gate for. Five states do not recognize Columbus Day: Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, South Dakota and Vermont. Three … Continue reading On Columbus Day facts and history don’t always agree

Teal, for real

September 22, 2017 When it comes to cancer awareness, it seems that pink is the dominant color. We all know it as the breast cancer color and people wear it all year-round. While the heightened awareness and dedication fighting breast cancer, one of the top killers of women, is helping lots of people, it’s not the only cancer that people need support battling out there. … Continue reading Teal, for real

Sept. 11, 2001, cost more than life

September 15, 2017 This week marks the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which changed the American way of life within just a few hours, not overnight. It’s kind of amazing how things change. It’s also strange to think that for around one-fifth of us, it’s the way things have always been. That one-fifth I’m talking about are the Americans born after Sept. … Continue reading Sept. 11, 2001, cost more than life

What is fascism anyway?

September 8, 2017 Over August, one word was thrust back into the spotlight: Fascist. Much of it had to do with the political-ideological violence we saw play out in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Berkeley, California. But what the heck is fascism anyway? Well, if you ask people who put themselves on a right vs. left ideological spectrum, it’s either A) a “left wing” ideology because Hitler’s … Continue reading What is fascism anyway?

Internet mobs often attack wrong target

August 24, 2017 You ever been mistaken for somebody else? I’m sure you have been at some point in your life, or you’ve been the person mistaking someone else as someone you knew. Not a big deal most of the time. Often, it gets a good laugh. But what if that case of mistaken identity gets you death threats and forces you to take your … Continue reading Internet mobs often attack wrong target