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Cuff and Collar Final Days

Texarkana, USA- It’s been a downtown storefront for as long as most people can remember, but soon it will be gone.  Cuff and Collar for Tall and Big Men will be closing their doors on April 30th for the final time.  The business has been at 301 E. Broad Street in Texarkana for 40 years.  The store is going out with a final 75% off sale that ends at closing time on the 30th. While many other stores shifted west toward the mall and new areas of Texarkana, Cuff and Collar maintained its location and loyal customer base with very little advertising and no major fanfare.  Word of mouth seemed to keep the store alive as men, tall and big, would find their way into the store for anything from jeans and T-shirts to suits and ties.  No matter what your need in clothing was Cuff and Collar seemed to have exactly what you needed.   Even recently when people have been talking on social media about needing larger clothes, others have almost immediately mentioned Cuff and Collar. On April the 30th, the store will close at the end of the day like it has every year on that date.  There will likely be no great fanfare, no major press coverage, and no large crowd standing outside to see the final closing.  Registers will be counted out, inventory remaining will be stored away, and the owners will look for the final utility bills.  To be blunt, Cuff and Collars will likely close on the final day much like any other day with one exception…on May the 1st, there will be no “Open” sign flipped on the door. Cuff and Collar will quietly fade into the history of downtown Texarkana as a “What was once there” memory.  While the closing of the store will likely pass unnoticed, it is a guaranteed that to the tall and big men of the region and beyond, since the store served on the Internet too, that many will take immediate notice the next time they need clothing.   Continue Reading →

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Why We Need the Bill of Rights

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. There are those today who say we don’t need the protections from our government that the Bill of Rights affords American citizens. They are wrong. They argue that those first 10 amendments to the Constitution are outdated and hold our government back from protecting and providing for us. They are wrong. Continue Reading →

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A checkup on how we as a nation are doing in keeping the 10 Commandments

There is a reasonable argument to be made that the 10 Commandments from the Bible are the foundation of America. The Decalogue is the law God gave Moses on Mount Sinai. Assuming that the 10 Commandments are the basis for the rule of law in this country, how are we doing in keeping them? The first one goes like this: “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

There are “progressives” in this country who want to replace God with government. The government gives. Continue Reading →

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April 4, The Day They Silenced Him

For most people April 4, 2018, will roll slowly by and pass just like any other day.  People will work, shop, eat, and spend time with family and friends.  Some will surf the Internet in the evening and others will watch television and catch up on the latest news.  Around the nation, there will be some celebrations, some parades, and a few speeches made today, but in all honestly most people will end the day thinking it was a just another typical Wednesday during the month of April, in the year 2018.  The significance of the date will be lost on many, and that is sad.  It is sad because fifty years ago to this day, a voice was silenced whose words and actions have had a profound and lasting impact on all of America, and in fact on all Americans.  April 4, 1968, was the day they would silence a voice calling for equality, rights, and decency in America.  They would silence the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 4, 1968, fifty years ago to this day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was silenced by a bullet.  Perhaps, being a man of prayer and having a strong love for God, King knew his time was ending.  Perhaps he knew the end was near in his heart and soul when he spoke publicly the last time before his death and said, “I’m not worried about anything.  I’m not fearing any man.  Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,” to a group of around 3,000 gathered to hear him.   He would say those words with confidence and assurance to his friends, family, and supporters.  He would say them to the nation, and as the six O’clock hour came and passed, King would lay dead in a pool of his own blood, on a small concrete balcony, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Within hours of King’s death, uprisings and riots would spread like wildfire across the nation.  While some would pray and cry, others would seek vengeance and destroy.  Nobody seemed to know exactly what to do, and the man who had told, lead, and guided was now silenced by a single bullet. Maybe King always knew he was meant to have a short life since he strived to accomplish so much before that bullet struck him at 39 years of age.  He had attended Morehouse College, was ordained as a minister by the age of 19 and would have his Ph.D. by 26.  Later he would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by the age of 35.  He had lived to see the repeal of the Jim Crow laws, he had lived to see the Civil Rights Act of 1957, The Civil Rights act of 1960, and the act that would propel change across America, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which he would not only push for, but witness being signed into law.  Dr. King would also write five books and leave behind countless speeches.  He would go from marches and serving time in jail, to meetings with Presidents and Senators.  He would become a symbol for the movement of equality and in fact become the very voice for that movement. By April 4, 1968, King had done so much more than most people can do in a lifetime that it is no wonder that he spoke confidently when he said, “I’m not worried about anything.”  His voice had been spoken, his words had been shared, his mission had been preached, and King- better than anyone else – knew that he had done what God had called him to do. Today there isn’t a life in the United States that is not affected by Dr. King’s work.  The impact of his work can be felt from the disabled person who is no longer required to be put away in an institution somewhere, to the worker who can no longer be hired or fired based on sex, religion of heritage.   The Muslim who cannot be fired because of his faith has King’s work to thank.  The African-American who can attend any university in the country has King’s work to thank.  The woman who cannot be harassed on her job has King’s work to thank.  The LGBT person that cannot be discriminated against has King’s work to thank.  The list is perhaps limitless for the people that King has impacted not only during his short life, but since that fatal day of April 4, 1968. Continue Reading →

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Articles of Confederation: Circular Letter to the States (1777)

The Articles of Confederation (and Perpetual Union) was the first Constitution of the United States.  Richard Henry Lee wrote, “In this great business, dear Sir, we must yield a little to each other, and not rigidly insist on having everything correspondent to the partial views of every State.  On such terms we can never confederate…”  Thomas Burke noted, “The United States ought to be as One Sovereign [power] with respect to foreign Powers…  But in all Commercial or other peaceful Intercourse they ought to be as separate Sovereigns.”  Once the Articles of Confederationwere approved, Congress encouraged ratification. “To form a permanent Union, accommodated to the opinion and wishes of the delegates of so many states differing in habits, produce, commerce and internal police, was found to be a work which nothing but time and reflection, conspiring with a disposition to conciliate, could mature and accomplish. Hardly is it to be expected that any plan, in the variety of provisions essential to our Union, should exactly correspond with the maxims and political views of every particular state. Let it be remarked that after the most careful inquiry and the fullest information, this is proposed as the best, which could be adapted to the circumstances of all; and as that alone, which affords any tolerable prospect of general ratification. Permit us then earnestly to recommend these articles to the immediate and dispassionate attention of the legislatures of the respective states. Continue Reading →

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Stephen F. Austin upsets Sam Houston’s drive for three-peat in 2018 Top Texan Tournament

AUSTIN – Commissioner George P. Bush today announced that Stephen F. Austin was voted the Top Texan in Texas History for 2018, pulling off what many would consider an upset over Sam Houston, who won the annual spring bracket two years in a row. “Stephen F. Austin is revered as the Father of Texas for good reason,” said Commissioner George P. Bush. “He was a pioneer in his day, undertaking the painstaking work of colonizing Texas and building a nation from wilderness. Today his legacy includes yet another victory: winner of the 2018 Top Texan competition.” Started in 2016, the Top Texan Tournament was designed to encourage Texans of all ages to learn more about some of our state’s most important historical figures in a fun and interactive way, and raise awareness of the Save Texas History program. Continue Reading →

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United States Postal Service to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of U.S. Airmail Service

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/

The United States Postal Service will honor the beginning of airmail service by dedicating two United States Air Mail Forever stamps this year. The first commemorates the pioneering spirit of the brave pilots who first flew the mail in the early years of aviation. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place May 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public. Continue Reading →

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Sulphur Fork Trading Post 200 Year Anniversary

Doddridge, AR – On April 6-8, 2018, the Sulphur Fork Trading Post will celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the Indian Factory.  The three-day event will include re-enactors from Texas, Arkansas, and Louisana.   Those attending the event will see reenactors demonstrating and recreating frontier life from the 1800s.  Visitors can go through campsites and experience the time period of the Indian Factory. The event will also feature artifacts from the time period and a replica of a keel boat.  There will also be music, games, and stories shared about the time period. Friday, April 6 is officially “School Day” from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and all students are invited to attend or schedule a trip.  Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8th, will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information may be obtained on the Facebook Page Sulphur Fork Trading Post Bicentennial or by email at southernmillercohpc@gmail.com.  The event will be held at 9542 State Hwy 160, Doddridge, Arkansas.   Continue Reading →

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Saving the Alamo—within Range

Running deep through the heart of the tragedies of ancient Greece is the concept of hubris and nemesis. When a human viewed himself as invincible and infallible, then he entered into the state of hubris. This act of arrogance caused the gods to send a destroyer to strike a balance, usually the polar opposite of its target.  That figure was known as a nemesis. For Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, his political nemesis may have arrived in 2017, in the form of a retired firefighter, school teacher, and historian Rick Range. Elected Land Commissioner in 2014, Bush soon began remaking the Land Office in his own image. Continue Reading →

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Articles of Confederation (1777)

The Articles of Confederation (and Perpetual Union) was approved by Congress on November 15, 1777 and went into effect on March 1, 1781, following the ratification by all 13 States.  There was no provision for a president, judiciary or means of taxation.  Congress noted it would be impossible to agree on every political view.  It was “of the absolute necessity”, however, to unite “all our councils and all our strength to maintain and defend our common liberties…”  The Articles of Confederation ultimately failed, but helped to inspire the U.S. Constitution.  Here are a few highlights of America’s first Constitution. “Article 2. Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress…

Article 3. The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare…

Article 4. The better to secure and perpetuate mutual friendship… the people of each State shall [have] free ingress and regress to and from any other State, and enjoy therein all the privileges of trade and commerce…

Article 5. Continue Reading →

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