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OPINION — Editorial : No there there

posted: 03/27/2017 2:25 a.m. Discuss

For weeks now, the public has been told that its business was none of its business. Or shouldn't be. And officials and lawyers from a couple of bigger universities in this state have complained that they were at a disadvantage because of the FOIA law here in Arkansas.

OPINION: Not so decadent after all

posted: 03/27/2017 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly exaggerated. The system lives.

OPINION: How we got here

posted: 03/27/2017 2:22 a.m. Discuss

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump said he would replace Obamacare with "something terrific." In February he assured us he was putting together something "wonderful." He would cover "everybody." He once bragged that he was the only GOP candidate to promise not to touch Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. He never would give particulars.

OPINION - Guest writer: A sicker system

posted: 03/27/2017 2:22 a.m. Discuss

If you were to ask a typical Arkansan how to fix health care in America, you can be sure he or she would not suggest that Washington allow insurance companies to price people out of affordable coverage.

OPINION : Source of the resistance

posted: 03/27/2017 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Many Americans obviously believe that Donald Trump's presidency is a national calamity.


posted: 03/27/2017 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Plan doesn't help us

The price of effective policing

posted: 03/26/2017 2 a.m. Comment 1

Watching the debate in this country over public safety, you'd think some people wish to live securely while others welcome Armageddon. Conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly recently went after "liberal politicians" in Chicago and San Francisco, noting crime in those cities and saying, "The situation is out of control and a disgrace, and that's what happens when incompetent politicians demand the police stop enforcing laws."

OPINION - Column One: R. E. Lee, unperson

posted: 03/26/2017 1:59 a.m. Comments 16

Behold: How good it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! But there's a catch--that little word unity. The Arkansas House recently approved a bill, by a vote of 66-11, to divide those of us who venerate the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. from those of us who still worship at the shrine of Robert E. Lee.

Decades-old satire mirrors modern times

posted: 03/26/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

The Trump administration has made the sales of old novels great again. Americans who fear the rise of demagogic autocracy are seeking dystopian books to learn more about the dangers Trump poses or to convince themselves that our present Armageddon has been prophesied. George Orwell's 1984, Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale have been among the top-selling books on the Washington Post's paperback fiction list for weeks. George F. Will recommends a more recent dystopian novel, Lionel Shriver's The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047. As the Post's nonfiction critic Carlos Lozada put it, "A president who rarely cracks books has unwittingly launched a book club for America."

Does the U.S. overpay for health care?

posted: 03/26/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

"America spends more on health care than other rich nations but has lower life expectancy."


posted: 03/26/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

In a guest column concerning Senate Bill 373 (which would add a temporary exemption to the Freedom of Information Act for attorney-client communications and attorney work product records related to threatened or pending litigation against a public agency) that appeared March 19 in Perspective, author JoAnn C. Maxey, General Counsel, University of Arkansas System, noted that the authors of the sixth edition of The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act write that entities subject to the FOIA face a "severe disadvantage in litigation." The correct quote from p. 465 of the book is that a lawyer representing a public agency "is at a significant disadvantage in litigation."

Jimmy Breslin's art of describing Washington

posted: 03/26/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Jimmy Breslin will always be remembered as a New York newspaperman. But he also made an indelible contribution to documenting the Watergate scandal and in doing so, breathed life into some of Capitol Hill's most influential characters.

Leave the Constitution alone

posted: 03/26/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Our new political environment continually prompts the question: Is nothing sacred?


posted: 03/26/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

1. DANGEROUS GAMES by Danielle Steel. A television correspondent investigates damning allegations against the vice president of the United States.

'Now more than ever' needs to go

posted: 03/26/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

In June 1972, Republican pollster Robert M. Teeter commissioned two focus groups of ticket-splitting middle-income 35-and-older Detroit voters without college degrees to test campaign slogans for Richard M. Nixon. Nixon's team wondered if one of the slogans under consideration was too sophisticated, but Teeter disagreed. In a memo to White House Chief of staff H.R. Haldemann, he explained that "the slogan had a certain emotional appeal which the other slogans did not possess," and it looked good on a bumper sticker. So it became official: President Nixon. Now more than ever.






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