Brief history of a motto
We were afraid of something like this. Rep. John Boozman is yet a few weeks away from becoming United States senator from Arkansas and he is already entangled in foolishness. He joined a group of fringe lawmakers in writing and widely circulating a letter to President Obama protesting his reference to “E Pluribus Unum” as the national motto. [FULL TEXT]

Simon Says
Anybody who says, “Let’s get lunch sometime,” intends never to have lunch with you. [FULL TEXT]

Tax cuts up in air
The economics is easy; it’s the politics of this week’s tax-cut battle that we do not understand.
Why are Democrats and President Obama surrendering on an issue on which the vast majority of the American people support them? [FULL TEXT]

Base could depend on Snyder as real friend
Rep. Vic Snyder, a Democrat who is retiring from Congress at the end of the year, is getting some heat from Republicans for wasting time on the House floor to praise this community’s support of Little Rock Air Force Base. [FULL TEXT]

Panama president
ex-UofA roommate

John Mason, a Jacksonville real estate broker, was in Fayetteville with his wife Ien for homecoming weekend on Oct. 30, when the Razorbacks played Vanderbilt. [FULL TEXT]

Our error given wide circulation
We’ve received lots of calls, comments and complaints over an error in Wednesday’s paper about a Christmas program in Cabot. [FULL TEXT]

Comparing pardons
by governor

Did you see Gov. Beebe’s latest list of pardons? Last week, he announced his intent to pardon a handful of small-time criminals, emphasis on small-time. [FULL TEXT]

POWs recall their
World War ordeal

The former POWs who were shot down over Romania during the Second World War arrived at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History in their tour bus a little after 11 a.m. Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

Annexation plan: Many in area say they're against it
People who live north of Jacksonville near Hwy. 67/167 met at a church Monday evening to fight the city’s plan to annex the area.[FULL TEXT]

Lighthouse plans to build middle and high schools
The headline in Saturday’s Leader: “Cabot schools about to hit 10,000.”[FULL TEXT]

J’Accuse: Smearing
of general

Air Force Gen. John D. Lavelle, who died more than 30 years ago, after he was falsely accused of insubordination, is a four-star general again. [FULL TEXT]

Petraeus salutes
camp liberators

It was 65 years ago Monday that Beryl Wolfson helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp in southeastern Germany.

Marker recalls fire at Twist

There's finally a marker honoring B.B. King in Twist in Cross County, where the great blues singer escaped from a fire at nightclub with his guitar and named it Lucille.

Justice Jim fought tough final battle
Arkansas bloggers were the first with the news of Justice Jim Johnson’s suicide over the weekend. The local TV news on Sunday ignored his passing, probably because no one in the newsroom knew who he was. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot man in raid
on POW camp in 1970
Mst. Sgt. Paul Poole, who helped to liberate Americans from a Vietnamese prison camp, died last week. [FULL TEXT]

Trial could get Muhammad
his death wish

Last June, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad killed a soldier from Conway and injured another soldier from Jacksonville in front of a recruiting station in Little Rock.

What a little girl asked
from Santa

When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they'd put an ad in the paper at Christmastime, saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place.

Tuskegee legend
at holiday reception

A tall elderly man stood in a far corner in a large banquet room at Little Rock Air Force Base on Sunday afternoon during the holiday reception hosted by the wing commanders.

Gas shut off
as hospital bills pile up

A couple in Beebe have been without heat for several months after the natural-gas company took out their meter because they were not paying their bills.

Huckabee our worst governor?
Who is Arkansas’ worst governor? Is it Orval Faubus, who defied federal authorities i in 1957, when he wouldn’t allow nine black students to attend Central High School in Little Rock? He brought shame and ridicule on the whole state, but at least no one was killed. Or is Mike Huckabee our worst governor ever?



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Dec. 8, 2010

'On Parade
Members of Jacksonville High School marching band perform during the annual Christmas parade Saturday.

Thompson jury selection goes slow
Cabot man and North Little Rock alderman face weapons and gambling charges. [FULL TEXT]

New rules to go into effect for fracturing
IN SHORT: Commission wants doctors to get information on gas contents when treating patients. [FULL TEXT]

Base air show gets top prize at convention
IN SHORT: Thunderbirds give LRAFB high praise, which helped it land national recognition. [FULL TEXT]

Williams readies for new challenge
IN SHORT: The outgoing Cabot mayor attends a training conference in Washington for tips about job. [FULL TEXT]

Atwoods helping abused children
IN SHORT: The new store in Lonoke is collecting girst for the Wade Know Center.

Harding Academy senior quarterback Seth Keese plows through Bald Knob defenders in the second round of the 3A state playoffs. Keese has helped lead the Wildcats to the state championship game.

Wildcats in title tussle
IN SHORT: Harding Academy gets past Fountain Lake again. [FULL TEXT]

Red Devils get credit where due
Three named all-state, four selected to first-team all-conference. [FULL TEXT]

Brain power lifts Panthers to awards list
IN SHORT: Cabot has record number of all-academic selections to go with all-state and 7A/6A-Central Conference recognition. [FULL TEXT]

Hurricane gets edge on Falcons at Conway
IN SHORT: Ayo leads Jonesboro by North Pulaski with big effort on inside. [FULL TEXT]

Appleby making case for spotlight
IN SHORT: Guard leads Red Devils by Sylvan Hills Bears, standout Goodwin. [FULL TEXT




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