Flim-flam politicians
Deceptive retailers who employ the bait-and-switch are pikers compared with politicians, who make it a centerpiece of national policy. Rather than substitute an inferior or more expensive product for the one advertised, as an appliance dealer might do, the politicians use one crisis—say, budget deficits or unemployment—to produce ends that have nothing to do with the crisis.

After them, it will be us
Nothing is more natural than politicians making hay with the widespread unhappiness over the rising number of dark-skinned people in our communities, many of whom do not have the legal papers that would officially entitle them to pursue the American dream. We have been through this many times the past two centuries, with the Chinese, the Irish, the Italians, Slavs and Germans and the influx of Asians in the 1970s and 1980s.

at the Ledge
The Revenue and Taxation Committee of the House of Representatives yesterday began the heady process of putting Arkansas into the same fiscal boat with the national government, Texas and a number of other states with ballooning deficits. It endorsed tax cuts that Gov. Beebe has said would wreck the state’s delicately balanced budget.

What after Mubarak?
Hosni Mubarak was a firm U. S. ally in a region where we have precious few friends in high places, but no one in this country, except perhaps Mike Huckabee and Dick Cheney, can feel anything but relief and even a trace of exhilaration at the news that the dictator’s iron rule has finally ended..

Ex-Stax chief still has soul
Al Bell, the former Stax Records executive, is back in the spotlight with a new Web site, All Bell Presents American Soul Music, where you can hear classic Stax artists and new soul singers who are keeping the Memphis sound alive. [FULL TEXT]

Minihan: No break
for wing since 9/11
Col. Mike Minihan, commander of the 19th Airlift Wing, sent off 40 airmen and a couple of C-130s into combat before the storm hit last weekend. [FULL TEXT]

From this poor little girl, special request for Santa
(This is a reprint of a previous Christmas column.) 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.[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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Feb. 23, 2011

Life is beautiful
Daisy Barron, left, and Lydia Burnett dance a Philippine flower dance, “Life Is Beautiful,”during the Lantern Festival at the Unique Connection Center on Saturday in Jacksonville. The festival was in celebration of the Chinese New Year on Feb. 3, which is the year of the rabbit.

Cabot lets official bid on contracts
IN SHORT: Council says Cook can continue doing business with the city. [FULL TEXT]

Austin boom town
IN SHORT: Once a tiny community, the city north of Cabot has grown dramatically. [FULL TEXT]

Lt. Dan looks back on 30 years
IN SHORT: But don’t think of him as a character in “Forrest Gump.” [FULL TEXT]

New administrator named at hospital
IN SHORT: Quebedeaux succeeds Schimming at North Metro Medical Center. [FULL TEXT]

The Cabot girls bowling team with their trophy after winning their second state championship in three years.

Cabot girls team rolls to state win
IN SHORT: Smith earns medalist honors as Lady Panthers win at Jonesboro. [FULL TEXT]

Bears overtake foul-plagued Comets
IN SHORT: Contact costs Mills key players late as Sylvan Hills rallies to win. [FULL TEXT]

Loss leaves Sylvan Hills on bubble for tourney
IN SHORT: Lady Bears need victories to qualify for 5A state bracket. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville slams door on Marion
IN SHORT: Red Devils win again to open compressed stretch of 6A-East games. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe boys wow crowd in victory
IN SHORT: Students turn out to see Badgers wrap up Forrest City sweep. [FULL TEXT]



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