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Paper Trails: Don't fret, quirkiness abides here

posted: 07/23/2017 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Funny meeting you in the Arkansas section!

Like it is: WALLY HALL: UALR football great debate, feasible or not

posted: 07/23/2017 2:43 a.m. Comments 11

It would be great if the University of Arkansas at Little Rock fielded a football team.

Arkansas Sportsman: Summer heat leads to daydreaming about hunting

posted: 07/23/2017 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Hunting catalogs are showing up weekly in my mailbox, so retailers must know this is about the time people start thinking about fall.

LET'S TALK: Summers come, go in a blink

posted: 07/23/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

So I thought I'd do my annual "end is near" rant a little earlier than usual.

On Books: Dystopian Amish tale brings tears to eyes

posted: 07/23/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

It is good to be susceptible to simple beauty.

The TV Column: Dark misfits find hometown in Midnight, Texas

posted: 07/23/2017 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Midnight, Texas, debuts at 9 p.m. Monday on NBC. Don't look for the town on any map.

Spin Cycle: While state cooks, 3 Arkansans make TV splash

posted: 07/23/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

We've reached that sweltering point in the summer when it's too hot to do anything but camp out on the couch.

DEAR ABBY: 'Entitled' son-in-law's ways irk the one who feeds him

posted: 07/23/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: Our son-in-law, "Brody," has a very different lifestyle than ours and the one in which we raised our daughter. I pointed it out to her while they were dating, and she was not pleased. I decided to say no more and try to accept him as best as possible, although I admit my husband has been better at it than I have.

OPINION - Column One: What ever happened to work?

posted: 07/23/2017 1:58 a.m. Comment 1

In the current issue of First Things, Irish-born writer John Waters does indeed get back to one of the first things: work. And he wonders about what has happened to it in this post-post industrial age. And why so many men his age feel so uneasy in this world they never made, a world full of tangible objects that neither he nor anybody else fashioned but that now seem to exist only in electronic form:

OPINION : Gas lights, gas leaks

posted: 07/23/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Newlyweds Gertrude Wormser Gans and August Moses Gans were busy during the summer of 1889 preparing to move into a cottage on Rock Street known as the Royston house. After having the house "neatly papered and painted preparatory to going to house-keeping," new "costly furniture" had just arrived, and Mrs. Gans went to the house early one morning "to direct the arrangement of the furniture." Upon opening the door, Mrs. Gans "almost fainted from the effects of escaping gas." She immediately reported the problem to the Arkansas Pump and Pipe Co., and she urged the plumbers to be careful as "the house was full of gas."

OPINION : We live in a nation of bystanders

posted: 07/23/2017 1:53 a.m. Comments 3

If you are choking, you have a better chance of being helped if one person notices than if five do. They call this the "bystander effect." If you believe you are the only person who can help, then you're probably going to try to help. But if you are among a crowd of observers, you might wait to see if someone else steps up.

OPINION : The game changer

posted: 07/23/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

I try to stay away from overused terms. "Game changer" is one of those terms. But I can think of nothing that better describes what a complete makeover of the Arlington Hotel would mean for the redevelopment of downtown Hot Springs and, in some ways, the image a lot of visitors have of Arkansas. It would change the trajectory of the Spa City.

OPINION : Minneapolis shooting

posted: 07/23/2017 1:49 a.m. Comments 3

Events in states far removed from our own sometimes seem to beg for comment purely for the satisfaction of knowing I've put my opinion on public record.

OPINION : Discretion needed

posted: 07/23/2017 1:48 a.m. Comments 8

You have two personally reckless men, outsized in personality, persuasive, successful, loose with the truth and elected anemically and almost accidentally.

Drivetime Mahatma: Skiing OK in river? Yes, but ...

posted: 07/22/2017 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Hey: We were admiring the Broadway bridge the other day from the Little Rock side and saw something we'd never seen before on the Arkansas River. A boat was pulling a water-skier. Seemed dangerous to us given the unpredictability of the river. Is this legal? -- River View

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