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Aftershock — a 16U fast pitch softball team under the coaching prowess of Chris Flowers and Richie Taunton, both of Crossett — played in the Fastpitch American Softball Association C Class World Series in Hot Springs last weekend.

A few years ago, I was at a polling place in Indiana where a long line of people stood waiting to vote. A woman recognized me and called me over. “Why is it,” she asked, “that you politicians make it so hard and inconvenient to vote?”