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Editorial: This memorial day

posted: 05/25/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

They are beyond it all now, the dead. The soldiers who charged, never to see what happened next. The airmen who took off, but never landed. The Marine or sailor who gave everything. They are beyond all the empty words--even beyond the slow, mournful sound of Taps. They are beyond the sweat and muck and blood. They are beyond the pain and death, the anguish spoken and unspoken, the horror first anticipated, then recalled. They are beyond even the heroism and courage of men at war, which we rightly celebrate today, and poets since Virgil have exalted. Of arms and the man I sing . . . .

Columnists: Fighters to the end

posted: 05/25/2015 2:40 a.m. Discuss

This year, Memorial Day comes on the heels of two big anniversaries--the 70th observance of V-E Day and the 45th of the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Vietnam.

Others say: War goes on and on

posted: 05/25/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

A conference held by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh last week underscores the damage being inflicted on Yemen by Saudi bombing conducted with U.S. arms.

Columnists: Others to remember

posted: 05/25/2015 2:38 a.m. Discuss

They moved into their low-slung Florida home on Memorial Day 37 years ago.

Guest writer: Seeking Greek

posted: 05/25/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

It's that time of year again. Flowers are blooming, grass is greening, noses are wheezing. And the birdies and the bees--um--well, they're doing what the birdies and the bees have done since time immemorial.

Old Blue Eyes at 100

posted: 05/25/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

The greatest singer in the history of popular music would have turned 100 later this year, on December 12th.


posted: 05/25/2015 2:36 a.m. Comment 1

Heartwarming tales I have just read three wonderful pieces in last Monday's paper--"Check your reading privilege" by Bradley R. Gitz, "Accepting Parkinson's" by William D. Downs Jr., and "Students learn about Holocaust" by Debra Hale-Shelton, which really touched my heart.

Downtown group names new director

posted: 05/25/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Monica Kumar was named Downtown Bentonville, Inc.’s new executive director, the organization announced recently.

Column One: The end of history

posted: 05/24/2015 1:56 a.m. Comments 3

Think of a glorious, leaf-strewn fall afternoon on a football weekend in what was then a small university town in the Midwest, and how you could hear the roar of the crowd in Tiger Stadium clear across little Columbia, Mo., as it echoed and re-echoed. I never made it to a game, not being a football fan then or now. Instead, I had the deserted downtown all to myself those golden Saturdays, and could wander around it to my heart's content--with no throngs of students crowding the streets. For I was definitely a fan of small towns, then as now.

How to grow a city

posted: 05/24/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

It's no secret that every town in Arkansas is trying to grow. To grow equals adding jobs. Jobs trump everything. The premise to grow, grow and continue to grow permeates not only Arkansas society but flourishes nationwide. If you aren't for growth you are considered, well, un-American.

Seeing things we can't quite apprehend

posted: 05/24/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

"The aim of art is not to copy nature, but to express it. You are not a servile copyist, but a poet!"

Why run if you can't win?

posted: 05/24/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Anchor breaks core rule of journalism

posted: 05/24/2015 1:54 a.m. Comment 1

There's an old saying in journalism, at least among the pure of heart: You can't sleep with the elephant if you are covering the circus.

Elimination of passwords is in the works

posted: 05/24/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Recently, Google's email service Gmail made a tiny change to its log-in procedure. A first screen asks for a username and leads to a separate screen asking for a password. It's a sign of big things to come.

Guest column: The school choice majority

posted: 05/24/2015 1:53 a.m. Comment 1

Last month Arkansas became the 25th state to enact a school choice program. The idea allows students to attend non-public independent schools using tax credits or vouchers. Nevada, Montana and Tennessee lawmakers followed suit, making school choice the law in a majority of states, a development once considered inconceivable. Therein lies a lesson for the center-right and a cautionary tale for liberal obstructionists.


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