Unless you live under a rock, you now know that 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot dead by Baton Rouge police Tuesday. As I put pen to paper, I know that by the time you read this, two camps will have emerged as a result of such a controversial event.
I remember when I was small, and my classmates and I would come back to school after an extended holiday, our teachers would have us write an essay on “What I Did on Summer Vacation” or “What I Did on Christmas Vacation.”
More than a century and a half ago, as our country stood on the verge of civil war, President Abraham Lincoln urged his fellow Americans to summon “the better angels of our nature.” He pled for civility, the cultural tenet of respect for those with whom they disagreed, before committing to the dissolution of the Union.
So, it’s June, and Forrest City’s budget is still operating on its 2015 figures. Because legally they had to adopt something even though they couldn’t agree on anything.
For the record, I am a University of Arkansas alum. I love Fayetteville. I love the campus. And I love Razorback football. On game day, I was either inside of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium or just outside it tailgating.
Sorry, folks. Time for a serious column. Thought I’d give you a warning.
All this talk about bringing solar power to Forrest City reminds me of the solar power I’ve been exposed to, particularly in the days of my youth, back before there were warnings about such things.
Donald Trump, the embattled Republican nominee, is a very well documented liar. However, untrustworthy is not the first thing that pops into most American’s heads when they hear his name. That would be, according to one Quinnipiac poll, “arrogant” and “blowhard.”
Guess I’ve gotten softer with the times.
Accusing a politician of being a liar is as American as wearing jean shorts. Just type “all politicians are…” into Google and the first thing it will suggests is liar. It may have taken a backseat in recent years, but in this evolving political climate, the good old fashioned lie is making a strong comeback.