Tag: riff raff

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Riff Raff: The lucky ones

Sadness about the loss of such positive energy in this troubled world is natural but please do not be sad for the close friends and family of Patricia Brown, for…

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Riff Raff: A Veterans Day remembrance

Editor’s note: This essay about my grandfather, Raymond Evans, was first published November 2002. Raymond Evans died Dec. 6, 2008. There is no expiration on the need to remember Veterans…

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Riff Raff: 3 concerns with Issue 3

As a former chamber of commerce employee, Issue 3 is appealing. As an Arkansan interested in good public policy, the appeal wanes. Issue 3 would amend Arkansas’ Constitution “to encourage…

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Riff Raff: Don’t just say no

The medical marijuana debate will ramp up now that at least one medical marijuana issue is on Arkansas’ November ballot. Let’s hope the debate from all sides has more depth…

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Riff Raff: Got relevancy?

Carl Geffken, who recently arrived in Fort Smith to be the city’s top boss, may face a bigger chore than filling key management vacancies, or abiding by an estimated $480…

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Riff Raff: A fortunate son

Editor’s note: This essay was first posted May 10, 2009. Happy Mother’s Day! ––––––––––––– A lot has changed in Mom’s world. The world in 1949, the year of her birth,…

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Riff Raff: Your papers, please

It was as if I announced intent to get naked before voting. Or begin to debate, like all the cool kids are doing, penis size. Immediate looks from several poll…

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Riff Raff: Recalculating

The firing of Fort Smith’s sanitation boss and the subsequent “discovery” of savings in the sanitation budget once again require us to compare what we hear from city officials to…

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Riff Raff: Godvernment, the new testament

One might think even with a superficial knowledge of history and religion we would see the advantage of avoiding God-based government or government-based God. That was the beginning line of…

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Another year on the SOB watch

Editor’s note: This essay first appeared Dec. 28, 2008, on The City Wire, now Talk Business & Politics. It continues to be an appropriate note to begin a new year….

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Riff Raff: Enraged and enlightened, revisited

Editor’s note: This essay was first published Dec. 18, 2011. –––––––––– My closet hero has died. He called Bill Clinton a rapist. He wrote frequently of his distaste for George…