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OPINION : MIKE MASTERSON: Failing the Preamble

posted: 02/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 10

Those who attended public schools during the 1950s will remember having to memorize the Preamble to our Constitution. Written in 1787, this opening paragraph expressed the framers' intentions in establishing the Constitution, while expressing expectations for how the United States should function as a democratic republic.

OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: Russian dressing on side

posted: 02/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 59

Many readers have been irritated by my recurring reference to Donald Trump as the preposterous second-place president.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: A president, not a king

posted: 02/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

About 10 o'clock I bade adieu to Mount Vernon, to private life, and to domestic felicity, and with a mind oppressed with more anxious and painful sensations than I have words to express, set out for New York ... with the best dispositions to render service to my country in obedience to its call , but with less hope of answering its expectations.

Like it is: Arkansas on equal footing with Kentucky

posted: 02/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Maybe it is meant as a compliment, or at least could be taken as one: Kentucky basketball is what Alabama football is to the SEC.

The Recruiting Guy: Mayberry talks up Hogs to basketball prospect

posted: 02/20/2018 2 a.m. Discuss

Mike Anderson and his staff hosted one of the top sophomore prospects in the nation whose family has ties to the program and the state.

What's in a Dame: Faking it through Olympics

posted: 02/20/2018 1:49 a.m. Discuss

If not watching the Olympics was a sport, I'd so get the gold.

The TV Column: Canadian sitcom fills in gaps for non-Olympians

posted: 02/20/2018 1:47 a.m. Discuss

While the Olympics are crowding out new episodes of many favorite shows, I decided to go exploring way up the dial (do we still say dial in the digital age?) and rediscovered the Canadian sitcom Schitt's Creek on Pop. A new episode airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

DEAR ABBY: Longtime employee is irked by colleagues' work ethics

posted: 02/20/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I am almost 62 and struggling to get through the day at work. It's not because of the work itself, but I am extremely unhappy in the work environment.

OPINION : BRADLEY R. GITZ: The party crack-up

posted: 02/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 17

American politics is being pushed to the brink by Donald Trump's persistently unpresidential behavior and the hysterical reaction to that behavior (and to his presidency in general) on the part of the "resistance."

DEAR ABBY: Former plain jane becomes obsessed with her looks

posted: 02/19/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: When I was in my teens, and even into my 20s and 30s, I was a Plain Jane. I had little self-confidence. But strangely, I'm one of those people who has gotten better looking as I've aged. Now in my 50s, I am better looking than many women my age or even younger. Men definitely notice me, and I love it.

OPINION : REX NELSON: Missing the mark

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

The Arkansas Legislature is back in town. You can break out the stale old jokes about hiding the women and children.

PAPER TRAILS: Arkansas teen on 'American Idol'; Pioneer Woman's daughter heads to UA

updated: 02/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

IDOL RIVAL: Last Monday night, while watching one Arkansan on reality TV -- Tia Booth on ABC's The Bachelor (tomorrow we'll see her introduce bachelor Arie to her hometown of Weiner) -- we saw another Arkansan advertised on the network.

OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: In the age of polarization

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 48

A local man for whom I have considerable regard barked at me last week. He said, "Quit giving Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt."

OPINION : MIKE MASTERSON: Road through Damascus

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Anxious motorists passing through citation-happy Damascus will continue breathing a little easier since Faulkner County Circuit Judge Chris Carnahan ruled the town's constitutional challenge to Arkansas' speed-trap law as "moot."

Column One: PAUL GREENBERG: Dream on

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

First came the bipartisan promise made by the leaders of the Republican majority and the Democratic minority in the U.S. Senate: There would be a debate on immigration in the upper chamber. And they're backing up their words with action. The debate has begun.

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