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Analysis: Setback for medical pot push in Arkansa

In 2012, by the slimmest of margins, Arkansas missed being the first state in the South to legalize medical marijuana — less than 2 percent. Nearly two years later, another push to legalize the drug failed to even muster enough signatures to place the issue on the. . .

A society with entitlements is not an entitlement society

Critics complain that one of the biggest problems we face today is that we have morphed into an entitlement society. The implication is clear: We used to be a society where you worked hard and in return received the fruits of your labor, but not today. Today too. . .

Government cheese and minimum wage

The petitions turned in to get statewide alcohol sales on the ballot is all the talk in the pundit world. Well, that or the races between U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. I'm not too concerned with either of those issues, and wouldn't be able to. . .

Corrupting citizens for fun and profit

Two of the larger social trends of our time — the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana — have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty and they serve the interests of an expanding government. The...

Lower taxes for the rich aren't producing jobs

The idea that lowering the taxes of businessmen and people with lots of money will cause an economic boom that will soak up unemployment and flood the government with revenues is the cat with 99 lives. The notion is simple, pleasing and wrong, but every. . .

Moral clarity in Gaza

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof. . .

Obama’s foreign policy shortcomings

When Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Islamic State that has taken root in Iraq and Syria poses a "deadly" threat, and that he has "extreme, extreme concern" about its bomb-makers, that sounds like an emergency. Yet the Obama administration hasn't. . .

Red Wolves should play Missouri in Jonesboro

Top administrators at ASU are in the middle of negotiations with the St. Louis Sports Commission to move its home game with Missouri to St. Louis. It's not a done deal, but it appears the folks at Arkansas State are entertaining offers that could pull one of the. . .

Will of the people will prevail in wet/dry vot

Regardless of your opinion on the wet/dry issue, everyone can agree that the process of getting the matter on the November ballot truly makes our state great. No matter what, the will of the people of Arkansas will prevail. Residents of some states, like Kansas,...

The GOP has lost its principles

The Mississippi Republican runoff election has undeniably affirmed the established Republican Party is more concerned about retaining personal power than following its stated principles. They continue to give lip service to fiscally responsible limited government. . .

Akin's back, talking about rape again

So, Todd Akin is back and he's talking rape again. You remember what happened last time. The would-be Missouri senator torpedoed his campaign two years ago after suggesting in a TV interview that if a woman is a victim of "legitimate rape," she is unlikely to get. . .

State should use ‘rainy-day funds’ for scholarships?

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education will use $1.6 million of the state's "rainy-day funds" to pay for a larger-than-usual number of Governor's Distinguished Scholarships this year. What a shame it is that our state government must resort to using. . .

A fight for Israel's existence

Israel fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations — Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan — as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: "Without substantial outside aid in terms of manpower. . .

Bob Hester: More than a modern-day Don Quixote

Whether you agree with Bob Hester's stand on alcohol, pornography, same-sex marriage or other moral issues of our times, you can't help but like him. You see, Bob Hester is blessed. That's what he'll tell you, and I believe it. Unlike a lot of us, Bob is filled. . .

No more aid to the Palestinian Authority

The anti-Semitic "tradition" of blaming Jews for the world's problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas. Major newspaper editorials condemned Hamas, but their condemnation was. . .

How to fund highways? Not this way

How long could your family pay for today's needs with tomorrow's dollars before it would start to catch up to you? Congress is doing something like that, again. The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 would provide extra highway funding for 10 months. . .

Please, Uncle Sam, may I feed the poor?

Good Samaritans around the country are being targeted and punished by their local governments for feeding the hungry. Anti-food sharing ordinances are becoming more common across the United States. More than 33 cities have now enacted ordinances to stifle public...