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Detroit – The Failed American Experiment

By Michael Reisig Well it finally happened: Detroit went under, gurgling and gasping like The Titanic, lost to bankruptcy. We did everything we could to prevent this from happening – not strictly from a humanitarian or an economic standpoint, but because Detroit represented a portion of the great experiment. Many years ago, we were a nation with burgeoning minorities and ...

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State Capitol Week in Review

By Senator Larry Teague LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4. The legislature created the sales tax holiday by approving Act 757 of 2011.  The intent was to help families with children in school, and was popularly called the “Back to School” sales tax holiday when it was ...

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House of Representatives Weekly Report

By Nate Bell   The first weekend of August is our annual Back to School sales tax holiday in Arkansas. State and local taxes are not assessed on purchases of certain items typically needed when returning to school. This year the average Arkansas parent will spend over $250 on school clothes and an additional $100 for supplies. Clothing items and shoes ...

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Six Courageous Women

By Michael Reisig Through a week of passionate, sometimes choleric, testimony from both sides, and brawls between attorneys, or attorneys and the judge, the six brave women of the Zimmerman trial jury stood their ground. They refused to be intimidated by the possibility of raging segments of our populace, the prejudiced testimony of friends and relatives, or the bullying by ...

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Right and Wrong

By Michael Reisig Right and Wrong. When I was growing up, there sure seemed to be a much clearer distinction between those two elements. Now, they’ve been blurred by success, power, beauty, money, and a handful of other self-ingratiating items. We live in a society which is beginning to show stress cracks – like an old seawall that has been ...

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Death, Friendship, and Love

By Michael Reisig Over 150,000 people die every day on this spinning ball of dirt and water, while most of us cruise along, oblivious to this fatal lottery, as we should. We’re only reminded of this game of chance when someone close to us draws a number. Death arrived at a friend of mine’s door this week – in all ...

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China, America, Drugs, and War

By Michael Reisig As each year passes, America becomes more and more dependent on China. Not only do they supply us the lion’s share of our commodities, from foodstuffs, toothpaste, tires, computers, and cell phones, but they own us financially as well, being one of the major purchasers of America’s debt. Because China’s relationship with America is such a “joined ...

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