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OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: Obstruction deconstructed

posted: 05/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 32

When the time comes, special counsel Robert Mueller might not put it quite the way I am about to put it.

OPINION : MIKE MASTERSON: College or church?

posted: 05/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Can a private college after 40 years be rebranded as a church virtually overnight, thereby exempting it from FOIA requests to see how it handled public monies it received courtesy of legislators?

OPINION : PHILIP MARTIN: The advantages of being left

posted: 05/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

I don't have many regrets. I wish I'd taken piano lessons as a kid. And that I'd taken dad's advice and learned to switch-hit.

OPINION — Editorial: Duct tape and its uses

posted: 05/23/2017 2:26 a.m. Discuss

He was stopped before he got to the cockpit of American Airlines Flight 31 from Los Angeles to Honolulu. And whether he's harmful to others or just himself remains to be determined. Happily, he was armed only with a laptop and not a box-cutter like those favored by the hijackers of a different, less prepared decade who sent both planes and the country into a tailspin.

OPINION — Editorial: What goes down the drain

posted: 05/23/2017 2:25 a.m. Discuss

What are those bright blasts of color appearing along gray stretches of concrete sidewalks in some areas of Little Rock? Has Banksy come to town?

OPINION: When journalism is killed off

posted: 05/23/2017 2:24 a.m. Discuss

When one of his colleagues at Mexico City's daily newspaper was gunned down in March, Javier Valdez issued a passionate statement about the importance of the work of journalists who cover the network of organized crime, drug trafficking and corruption that plagues Mexico. "Let them kill us all, if that is the death sentence for reporting this hell," he tweeted. "No to silence."

Letters

posted: 05/23/2017 2:20 a.m. Discuss

An outsourcing trend

OPINION — Editorial: Not how it's done here

posted: 05/22/2017 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Last summer, when a coup d'etat failed in Turkey, our friends in the government therein decided to take a few simple measures to prevent a similar episode later.

OPINION : Guardrails aren't enough

posted: 05/22/2017 2:56 a.m. Comment 1

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) addressed.

OPINION : Emotions forecast: anxious

posted: 05/22/2017 2:55 a.m. Discuss

It was probably a mistake to read Psychology Today while my husband was watching The Weather Channel. He's absorbed by a story focused on the world's most extreme weather and I'm reading an article about how to avoid toxic colleagues at parties.

OPINION — Editorial: Not acceptable in U.S.

posted: 05/22/2017 2:55 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump laid out the welcome mat last week for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the strongman apparently felt so much at home he thought it okay for his thugs to beat up peaceful demonstrators. That Mr. Erdogan has unfortunately been successful in stifling dissent in Turkey doesn’t give him license to come to this country and attack one of its most basic, and cherished, freedoms. It must be made clear that this behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

OPINION - Guest writer: Don't fear the shot

posted: 05/22/2017 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Who do you immediately imagine when the illness pneumonia is mentioned? A frail, elderly woman at the end of her life? A man with decades of smoking and years of wearing oxygen, laid up in the hospital? People succumbing to pneumonia and getting the most advanced medical technique of the 16th century, bloodletting?

OPINION: Speech that isn't free

posted: 05/22/2017 2:54 a.m. Discuss

One of the more gratifying stories in the National Football League (NFL's) offseason has been the ongoing (at time of writing) unemployment of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Letters

posted: 05/22/2017 2:53 a.m. Comment 1

It's for peace of mind

Something's happening here

posted: 05/21/2017 1:59 a.m. Comment 1

We have a leader whose vanity knows no bounds. We have a rapacious family feathering their nests without regard for the law or common decency. We have utter disregard for values at home and abroad, disdain for democracy, hunger for constraining a free press, and admiration for thugs and strongmen worldwide.

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