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Column One: In praise of plagiarism

posted: 01/25/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Now and then an old friend goes through my column, highlights a few phrases, and compliments me on what he calls my "gifted plagiarism." It seems he's picked out various phrases I've borrowed from my betters--and is kind enough to mention only some of them.

Columnists: Sheep, wolves and sheepdogs

posted: 01/25/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

"Powerful. Another view of Coming Home ... Bravo Clint Eastwood."

Russia's Putin and off-screen truth

posted: 01/25/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

These are the days of unconventional movie-release tactics. A few weeks ago, as cinemas begged off screening The Interview, a comedy that infuriated North Korea, Sony banked on streaming revenues. The makers of Leviathan, a Russian film that recently won a Golden Globe award, went Sony one better: They watched pirates release their work on free-streaming sites and refused to go after the perpetrators.

It's time to rethink how we breed dogs

posted: 01/25/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Around 150 years ago, bulldogs were much different. They were slender-legged, with a longer snout and a livelier demeanor.

Guest column: The power of volunteering

posted: 01/25/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock School District (LRSD) is a hot topic these days. Its impending governance fate and daily operation are the source of a surprising torrent of passion and concern from all corners of our town. I salute the concern and share the passion. But no matter which decision is made on Wednesday, I'd like to make a proposal to harness all this energy and use it as a force to transform our public schools and city into something extraordinary.

Why the U.S. isn't winning its wars

posted: 01/25/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

The United States has the most potent military in terms of firepower and operational capacity in history. Our military overthrew Saddam Hussein and crushed the Taliban in a matter of weeks. Our forces can direct a rocket from Nevada through a window in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and nimbly set up nearly 20 Ebola treatment centers in Liberia.


posted: 01/25/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss


National service is for everybody else

posted: 01/25/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Here's an idea that periodically develops traction across the political spectrum, even though it's not particularly likely to be implemented: A one-year, non-mandatory national service program for Americans ages 18-28.

Editorials: New cast, old tragedy

posted: 01/25/2015 2:08 a.m. Comment 1

History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. That observation has been attributed to Mark Twain but, much like Dorothy Parker in our time, old Sam Clemens tended to get credit for any saying that is wise, witty and compact. Last week the news dispatches out of Ukraine might as well have been written in rhyming couplets.

Columnists: A proud hardwood heritage

posted: 01/25/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Recently I asked my wife to purchase a new broom since our old one was warped and ragged. Much to my surprise and chagrin, she came home with a broom made of plastic bristles pathetically attached to a flimsy plastic handle. I immediately returned the imposter broom and bought a proper one--with real broom corn bristles and a nicely varnished hickory handle.

Others say: The right ruling

posted: 01/25/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

In what is perhaps their least surprising decision in recent years, the justices of the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that an Arkansas prison violated a Muslim prisoner's rights by forbidding him to grow the half-inch beard he said was required by his religion.

Columnists: Families aren't felons

posted: 01/25/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Contrary to the assertions of overreach by House Republicans, President Obama's executive actions on immigrants actually don't go far enough.

Keep data open: An unnecessary bill

posted: 01/25/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Rep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville, may have good intentions in wanting to exempt academic research data as it's being gathered by state universities from provisions of the state's Freedom of Information Act.

On common ground

posted: 01/25/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Liberal tax policy surely hadn't enjoyed a better 16 hours in a couple of decades.

Does every president need a library?

posted: 01/25/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

In 1971, two years after leaving the White House, Lyndon Johnson dedicated his sleek, windowless eight-story presidential library at the University of Texas. But in the pages of the Washington Post, editorial cartoonist Herblock depicted Johnson as an Egyptian pharaoh opening "the Great Pyramid of Austin."


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