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December holi-daze By Jim Bucher We all know the big December holidays, right? The biggies: Christmas and New Year’s Eve, of course. (Well, the spotlight is sort of split with New Year’s Day.) But how about some not so popular or less celebrated holidays – like themed or special wacky days? Maybe you’ve never heard […]

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Commentary Forum: 11/25

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Forum Center: Abuse of power? (or, cool dad pardons son for drug possession) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In 2003, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s son, Kyle, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, two ounces of marijuana, with the intent to deliver. Kyle was charged a fine and sentenced to three years of probation, […]

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On the beat

DCP readers and their turkey traditions By Jim Bucher This is a companion piece to last week’s On The Beat column, regarding how businesses sometimes get a little slaphappy by putting up the Yuletide decorations up and offering holiday sales before Labor Day. OK I’m, funnin’ a bit, but we may see that soon enough. […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

To ticket or not to ticket By Mark Luedtke The people hate red light and speeding cameras, but our rulers love them. Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras claimed, “Since 1991, there have been a total of 35 election contests in Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas [and] Washington. With […]

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Debate Forum: 11/18

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Debate Center: Ivan-ho! (or, another government bailout?) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The 3,500 acre Ivanpah solar electric generating plant, which is the largest solar plant in the world, is allegedly in financial straits. Owned by Google and renewable energy behemoth NRG, the plant, which is located in the Mojave Desert southwest of Las Vegas, […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

American voters are insane By Mark Luedtke Einstein said the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. By that definition, American voters are insane. By continuing to vote for the same two big-government, progressive parties, voters keep America trapped in a spiral of decline. Younger readers […]

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What happened to Thanksgiving? By Jim Bucher Photo: Jim Bucher reminds readers to remember the meaning of Thanksgiving A fun game I play by myself every year (well, that I can mention in print) is anticipating when the first Christmas commercial will show up. Whether it’s TV, radio, billboards, social media or newspapers, it seems to […]

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Conspiracy Theorist 11/11

Republicans secretly love Obamacare By Mark Luedtke I hate to say, “I told you so,” because I would love to see the Obamacare disaster repealed, but, like I warned all along, Republicans only want to share in the looting. Five minutes after Obamacare passed, Republicans called for its repeal, but Obamacare was modeled on The […]

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Putting names to the faces of drug abuse

By Jim Bucher My column this week was supposed to be Thanksgiving related, but recent events in my life have changed all that. Over this past weekend, three young people I’m acquainted with have died. One died from presumed drug abuse. For the second, drugs may have been a contributing factor. The third died from […]

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Debate forum: 11/11

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Debate Center: Ebola: a political tool? By Paul Noah Maine nurse Kaci Hickox is now free to do as she pleases, after returning from Sierra Leone, West Africa, where she was treating Ebola patients. In a case that many across the nation have been watching closely, District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere rejected imposing tight […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/20

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By Michelle Strauss  Music man In a local apartment complex, alarms went off and alerted the police that a robbery […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/13

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  What a mouthful Believe it or not, in a local residence, a boyfriend kept his girlfriend’s dentures hostage. Earlier […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/6

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New Picasso? A woman came home from work one sunny afternoon to find her house awry. She frantically observed a […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/30

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By Michelle Strauss Means of transportation When a woman arrived home from work she noticed something rather peculiar: a man […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]