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From Todd Akin’s co-sponsor to Mitt Romney’s running mate

arkateacher, perhaps you should look in the mirror. It has been said that what one says about others is a direct reflection of who you are. You're living proof the old saying is true. Timbertopper poses some good questions for you. Try seeking the truth, it might change your opinion. A good article by columnist Brummett and several good points are made in the article, whether one agrees with them or not.

August 22, 2012 at 7:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The numbers, in perspective

The per capita income for the good people of Arkansas is a little over $21,000 which is way below the national level. I'd say anyone with an adjusted taxable income over $250,000 is above the middle class, especially in Arkansas. The tax rate is reasonable and those folks don't need any help. Those below the $50,000 level are the ones that need the help. When the vast numbers of those people start earning more income, they will create jobs by the purchases they will be able to make. By giving a larger dollar tax reduction ($2200 vs 60) you effectively shift a greater part of the tax burden to the middle and lower class wage earners. If Whippersnapper has truly lived at the poverty level he or she should appreciate why it is those people who should receive a break. I have always liked paying more in income tax - it meant I was making more money. Keep writing John, maybe you'll get through to a few people.

August 7, 2012 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lonoke County wreck kills 4

What a tragic accident. When will people become aware of the danger faced when driving on our roadways?

July 26, 2012 at 12:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Goodbye, journalism

Good column. Another aspect of "goodbye journalism" is the failure to ask follow up questions to explore an issue that is being discussed. For example, I've heard numerous interviews about "job creators" with all answers taken at face value, as if they were true. Perhaps a subject for a future column?

July 18, 2012 at 7:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

Excuse me. The mandatory Auto insurance requirement

June 28, 2012 at 2:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

There's a good article in today's paper showing that Republicans, Independents, and naturally, Democrats favor many of the provisions in the bill. But "Conservatives" focused on the one issue, the mandate, to fuel fire against the bill. Pretty slick, right? Get people to be against something they think is a good idea over an ideological question that really makes no difference in the lives of most people. If you're a "conservative" why didn't you raise this point when Arkansas passed the mandatory insurance requirement?

June 28, 2012 at 2:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Disappointing Democrats

The influence of private money needs to be eliminated in all government and all campaigns. No more two party system. It has become so competitive as to be like two football teams bent on winning. Every "play" is evaluated in terms of how likely it will put points on the board. The sole object of their behavior is to win. Both parties have forgotten they were elected to do a good job of governing for "we, the people."

June 21, 2012 at 7:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The sum of its parts

Good article and respectful of your tea party friends. In the comments, davidscherrey defends the Tea Party movement as well as anyone can. Can the columnist or a commenter explain where and what the TEA partiers were doing back when the decisions were made that led to our current financial crisis? Perhaps they were reveling in the bliss of the tax cuts? Makes me wonder whether they have the best interest of the country at heart or their own self interest.

June 19, 2012 at 8:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

You had to ask

John, I confess to not reading all your columns so forgive me if you've written about the following issue. How about a column about job creation? I'm personally disgusted by all the use of the terms "job creators" and the lack of followup questions by well paid journalists. I've worked in big business and small and nobody was ever hired based on whether income tax rates might be affected. Hiring decisions are based on business need. To create jobs, businesses need customers. When middle and lower class people have more money in their collective pockets, demand for business goods and services will create new jobs. By the way, did you hear about the TED meeting that addressed this issue but was subsequently sqelched?

June 6, 2012 at 12:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wild-eyed liberal? Look to left of Obama

Mr. Woodford exemplifies Mr. Brummet's point perfectly. Very astute column by John Brummett.

May 30, 2012 at 7:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )