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Bad start for Martin
When two of your top aides resign, each accompanied by a whiff of scandal, it has not been a good week for a public official. That happened last week to Secretary of State Mark Martin, who already had more than his share of trouble since taking office three months ago.

Fuzzy math in Congress
Whatever their personal ideology, every American ought to clip and save the roll call on the budget blueprint for 2012 that the U. S. House of Representatives passed Friday on a near party-line vote. All but five Republicans voted for it; all Democrats, including Arkansas’ Republican-leaning Democrat, Mike Ross, and the five stray Republicans voted against it.

Martin must end abuses
Where are Republican State Chairman Doyle Webb and those Republican lawyers when we need them? Last summer and fall, they were suing state officials over the alleged misuse of state cars and threatening litigation over the spending habits of state officials, then all Democrats.

Unanimous decision
Ordinarily, it is foolhardy to predict how seven justices will come down on any disputed question of law, but no one could have been the least surprised when the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down Initiated Act No. 1 of 2008, which forbade the state from letting cohabiting adults adopt children or serve as foster parents.

Sad to see old bridge torn down
Scott Fryer took his family Saturday to inspect Fryer’s Ford Bridge, which had served the rural community near Solgohachia in Conway County since 1890.

Bluesmen from Delta
passing on

Joe Willie (Pinetop) Perkins, who was the oldest living bluesman and Grammy winner until he passed away Monday at 97, sat recently in a wheelchair in a little alcove just offstage at Stickys Chicken Shack in the Rivermarket District in Little Rock.

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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April 20, 2011

Counting their Easter eggs
From left, Adelyn Burleson, 6, Mia Robinson, 7, and Dawson Thomas, 6, proudly show off their eggs during the Easter egg hunt at Excel Park, sponsored by the Jacksonville Recreation Department.

Boozman: Keep cutting more
IN SHORT: Senator tells Jacksonville and Cabot groups national debt can be raised with a balanced-budget law. [FULL TEXT]

Power lines fall, repairs continue
IN SHORT: Transmission towers fell like dominoes from Keo to Carlisle. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot Farmers Market prepares to open
IN SHORT: Vendors will set up in bank parking lot from May 7 to Oct. 29. [FULL TEXT]

Archarcharch (9) makes his move to the front of the field in the stretch run on his way to victory in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn on Saturday afternoon.

Archarcharch triumphant, Kentucky bound
IN SHORT: Jacksonville owners to run victorious colt at Churchill Downs. [FULL TEXT]

Glaude tidings at Beebe
IN SHORT: Pitcher trying to get Badgers back into state championshp game. [FULL TEXT]

Appleby, Young chosen as all-stars
IN SHORT: Seniors wrap up careers with postseason honor, trip to Fayetteville. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe bats best Cabot in a breeze
IN SHORT: Badgers top Panthers in wind-blown showdown at home field. [FULL TEXT]

Travelers top ’Riders in fifteenth
IN SHORT: Jimenez ends marathon with RBI hit to left, extends win streak. [FULL TEXT]

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