Don’t keep voters away
Arkansas’ long history of voter fraud has begged for reform, but it has not begged for the state to make voting an ordeal. That is what the House of Representatives has decided to do.

Stopping Obamacare
It is hard for political animals, Democrat or Republican, to put the public interest above politics, and we are all accustomed to a considerable degree of partisan posturing when legislative bodies assemble. Arkansas Republicans should be forgiven for wanting to embarrass President Obama whenever they can and to deal him and his celebrated national health-insurance law a setback but they stretch it to hypocrisy.

Martin’s at it again
From the Why-are-we-not-surprised? Department: The state Board of Apportionment met for the first time Wednesday to begin reapportioning the state legislature and discovered that one of its members had already spent or obligated more than half of its money on a new car and jobs for his pals.

Dictator fooled
by coverage?
Did Fox News goad President Obama into taking action in Libya?
Every hour until the missiles started flying, Fox showed Obama goofing off: Doing everything except his job, but there was a reason to the March madness, and it had nothing to do with basketball.

Hate speech is protected,
court decides
(The U.S. Supreme Court last week upheld the right of Westboro Baptist Church members to demonstrate at military funerals. This column about the Kansas-based group, which demonstrated in Beebe nearly five years ago, appeared on Aug. 2, 2006.)
Members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., were again busy this week picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, but lawsuits filed by families who have lost their loved ones could stop the church group from taunting grieving relatives. [FULL TEXT]

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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March 23, 2011

Cabot sparkles after cleanup day
Northside Elementary Kiwanis Kids members Jessica Vaughn, left, a fourth-grader, and Isabell Carpenter, a first-grader, pick up litter along Polk Street in Cabot on Saturday during the city’s cleanup day.

Error keeps funds away from Cabot
IN SHORT: City still demands $1.1 million from federal government to build a north ramp on Hwy. 67/167, but the money went instead to Clay County. [FULL TEXT]

Group wants crowd at hearing on gas bills
IN SHORT: Director Paul Mushrush ushers his city into 13th year for award. [FULL TEXT]

Loofah plants help local groups
IN SHORT: Cabot woman forms organization that plants seeds to help kids. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe schools to renovate
IN SHORT: District gets state aid to improve GCE and agriculture buildings. [FULL TEXT]

Leader Girls Player of the Year Ashley Johnson, of Sylvan Hills, led the Lady Bears with 19 points a game and helped her team into the state tournament.

Sylvan Hills’ Johnson hits baskets, books
IN SHORT: Exploits on court and in class set Lady Bear up for future. [FULL TEXT]

Lions fatten up on Bears’ errors
IN SHORT: Maddox returns but miscues sink Sylvan Hills against Searcy. [FULL TEXT]

Green Bay holds on, tops UALR
IN SHORT: Reed’s 21 points in second half not enough as Trojans fall. [FULL TEXT]

Final at-bat does job for Trojans
IN SHORT: McCollum gets game-winning hit in ninth to beat Red Wolves. [FULL TEXT]

Wolves show up for scouts
IN SHORT: All-conference players strut stuff for NFL teams at Arkansas State. [FULL TEXT]

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