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Draft wars: Rural Arkansans, opposed to military induction, fought against the power of state and national law

posted: 07/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

One hundred years ago, as American troops played a major role in defeating the Kaiser's Germany to end World War I, a series of infinitely smaller but related conflicts broke out in remote stretches of northern and western Arkansas.

OPINION- Column One: PAUL GREENBERG: Distraught

posted: 07/22/2018 1:58 a.m. Comments 4

The way Gabriel Canas, a bus driver from gang-ridden El Salvador tells it, he was doing his job back home when his bus was attacked by the MS-13 gang. So he took his 9-year-old daughter and got her out of the country while the getting out was good. Like so many other immigrants to this country, he headed north, hoping to find not just sanctuary but a place to start life anew.

Myths and misconceptions

posted: 07/22/2018 1:56 a.m. Discuss

No institution of American government is more shrouded in mythology than the Supreme Court. The uber-myth is that the court is an objective institution that makes decisions by applying the facts of a case to the relevant statute, constitutional text, intent of the framers and precedents. But in fact, scholars such as Eric Segall write, the role of politics is so substantial that “the Supreme Court is not a court and its justices are not judges.”

Judicial views should be explained

posted: 07/22/2018 1:54 a.m. Comment 1

In January 2006, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against the confirmation of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. At a break, then-Sen. Joe Biden came up to me and said it was all an exercise in Kabuki theater. He said everyone in the room knew that Alito was going to be a very conservative justice. He said the Republicans were pretending that he was open-minded and had no ideology, while the Democrats were trying to ask questions to trip Alito up and he was too smart for that.

'Hot streaks' are not about luck

posted: 07/22/2018 1:54 a.m. Discuss

There's still a lot of mystery as to why and when people have their biggest, most important creative insights. Some new research suggests that within individual careers, the muse's visits--although somewhat unpredictable--are not completely random.

OPINION: Melody brings memories of tough times

posted: 07/22/2018 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Late on a recent afternoon, Vertis and I were sitting under our wooden pergola down by the pond having a little something to drink. We were listening to Apple Music via a great Bose speaker. Along with our iPad,it allows us to hear nearly any artist recorded in the last 50 years, and I just happened to run across Joan Baez's 75th Birthday Celebration album.

OPINION - Guest column: Brett Kavanaugh: the ideal choice

posted: 07/22/2018 1:53 a.m. Comments 2

Aside from matters of war and peace, arguably the most important responsibility of a president is to nominate qualified judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. Once confirmed, the appointment is for life, so justices routinely serve decades after the president who appointed them leaves office.

OPINION: TOM DILLARD: Festivals full of watermelons

posted: 07/22/2018 1:52 a.m. Discuss

This is watermelon season in Arkansas. Today, while traveling in Benton (Saline County), I noticed a steady stream of drivers on Military Road turning into a parking lot where a street vendor advertised Cave City Watermelons.

OPINION: We might all be better

posted: 07/22/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

A friend of mine got in trouble recently.

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posted: 07/22/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

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OPINION - Editorial: The words people play

posted: 07/22/2018 1:50 a.m. Comment 1

Polonius: "What do you read, my lord?"

OPINION - Editorial: Others say: Brexit vote No. 2?

posted: 07/22/2018 1:50 a.m. Discuss

British Prime Minister Theresa May's new Brexit strategy is collapsing even before the European Union responds. Her plan offered an awkward compromise between a clean break from Europe, which would cause enormous economic disruption, and remaining in the EU, which voters rejected two years ago. Apparently, it's an offer nobody wants to accept.

OPINION: REX NELSON: Those ridiculous rankings

posted: 07/22/2018 1:49 a.m. Comment 1

Another one of those silly lists came out recently, placing Arkansas' two largest cities among the 50 worst cities in America. These types of subjective rankings are designed to drive traffic to websites. The best thing business and civic leaders in Arkansas can do is to ignore them--both the positive and negative lists.

OPINION: Controlled burns still needed

posted: 07/22/2018 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Thanks to higher temperatures and repeated droughts, wildfire risks in California have never been higher. That's why residents may be surprised to learn that the state government hasn't come close to doing all it could to bring these risks down.

OPINION: What law?

posted: 07/22/2018 1:47 a.m. Discuss

The actions of local elected public servants continue to trigger distress through my gastrointestinal tract when they repeatedly and systematically act against the best interests of those who trust them to manage in a legal and open manner.

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