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OPINION - COLUMN ONE: Save those turkeys

posted: 10/22/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The phantom pilot who's tossed live turkeys from his airplane for 15 years now over the annual Turkey Trot Festival at Yellville is a phantom no more. Now that he's been succeeded by a different pilot flying a different aircraft, he's proudly revealed his identity. He turns out to be Dana Woods, pharmacist and alderman from Mountain View.

OPINION: Singing the blues

posted: 10/18/2017 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Business was booming as this year's King Biscuit Blues Festival got underway Oct. 4-7 deep in the heart of the Arkansas Delta at Helena-West Helena, Ark. "Oh, my word, it's just over-the-top fabulous," Munnie Jordan, who directs the festival, told our reporter Sean Clancy. "Tickets have been selling well and everything is on track. People are really excited." As they should have been, for this festival brings together the best of the Old and New, the Mountain and the Delta, South.

OPINION- Column One: Begging the question

posted: 10/15/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

When is panhandling free speech? At least for now, Andrew Michael Rodgers and Glenn Dilbeck, both 53, are free to ply their trade, to wit, begging in heavy traffic. Between dodging cars and cops, there's no doubting their courage or the moving target they may present to motorists.


posted: 10/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 13

Thanks to a half-million dollars in We the People's tax money, the latest thing in trade schools is being established at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, better known as UCA. Dubbed a Cyber Range, this computer system is designed to let students become specialists able to spot a cyber attack, fend it off, and predict or prevent other cyber assaults. This state's governor, ordinarily the most cautious of leaders, seems barely able to contain his enthusiasm for this newest form of vocational training.

OPINION- Column One: Save the wild turtle

posted: 10/08/2017 1:57 a.m. Comments 2

Allow me to add my decidedly inexpert voice to the chorus of conservationists that has spoken up for Arkansas' population of wild turtles. The impressive list of those petitioning the state's Game and Fish Commission to ban the trapping of these slow-moving, ever lovable creatures reads like a Who's Who of turtle lovers from all over.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: What's in a name?

posted: 10/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Old-time newspaper buffs were around long before email and the rest of today's electronic media came along with their paperless, tasteless, odorless product. Some newspapers, like the one you may be lucky enough to be holding in your hands right now, perhaps folded with a satisfying rustle over your morning coffee, still come the old-fashioned way. And there's nothing quite like its sound and feel for pure satisfaction--and for generating topics of conversation around the breakfast table or at your favorite coffee shop. Such as: How do newspapers get their names?

OPINION: Food galore, but nothing at all to eat

posted: 10/01/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

It appeared to be the latest federal giveaway here in Arkansas--but turned out to be more of a takeaway. File it under WFA for Waste, Fraud and Abuse, and there's no telling how long it might have gone on if a snap inspection hadn't revealed the extent of this scandal.


posted: 09/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

I'm on probation these days. For it's that time of year when Jews put themselves on trial before the High Judge, so I write today's column from the dock, being my own accuser and, at the end of these Ten Days of Repentance, my own defense attorney. Even my own forgiver, if I can show myself sufficient mercy.

Opinion - Column One: Confession

posted: 09/24/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. To such an extent I can't even remember when, where or if I last made confession. The truth is, Father, I don't want to be human any more. The only feeling I have left is pain. Of course you understand, for that's your profession, your calling, your obsession in and out of the confession box. You make it a point to be judgmental, especially when calling on others not to judge lest they be judged by the same measure they use to judge others. Am I mistaken? If so, I'm sure you'll tell me so from your place on high.

OPINION: Who's a conservative?

posted: 09/20/2017 2:53 a.m. Comments 14

Rush Limbaugh--yes, he's still going around and around on your radio dial. True to his name, he's still rushing in where angels fear to go. And he still tends to leap to every conclusion in sight except the sensible one. Just the other day, he decried the rush of anyone with good sense and/or a good memory to get out of Hurricane Irma's blustering, shattering and battering way and head for higher ground.






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