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posted: 12/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Last night we lit the first candle, for it was the first night of this minor eight-day Jewish holiday that's become a major one in our time. Maybe because of its proximity to Christmas and the temptation to provide some sort of Jewish equivalent.

OPINION: REX NELSON: Bringing back Duxbak

posted: 12/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

My hunting clothes are so old that my friends like to say the camouflage went out of style and then came back in again. My father owned a sporting-goods store for more than 50 years, and one of his best-selling brands of hunting apparel was Duxbak. I have a Duxbak coat and vest that I've been using for decades.


posted: 12/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

In about two and a half weeks, we'll know what Lake Superior State University's list of banished words for 2018 contains. I'm betting right now on a specific phrase to top the list, especially considering how much it's been used and abused over the past couple of years: "Fake news."

OPINION- Editorial: Chaos or calm?

posted: 12/13/2017 2:58 a.m. Discuss

"If you want to know why we have such a polarized, angry and bitter society, one reason is we take every disagreement that could be addressed in conversation and community and we turn it into a lawsuit. We take every morally supple situation and we hand it over to the legal priesthood, which by necessity is a system of technocratic rationalism, strained slippery-slope analogies and implied coercion."

OPINION- Editorial: Big Comrade is watching

posted: 12/13/2017 2:56 a.m. Discuss

A Wall Street Journal report the other day told how the government on mainland China deals with jokes. One man sent a text message to his friends about some high communist leader, and even without an informant, the cops picked him up. There's an app for that!

OPINION- Editorial: Others say: Shut down shutdown talk

posted: 12/13/2017 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Blackmail is a dirty business, even if it's done for a noble cause. And these days, it's hard to find a more noble cause than protecting the 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as kids.

OPINION: Case not a piece of cake

posted: 12/13/2017 2:50 a.m. Comment 1

Personally, I would bake the cake and dance at the wedding, too.


posted: 12/13/2017 2:48 a.m. Comments 3

Play in-state schools

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: The moment has come

posted: 12/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 46

Jared Henderson says he'll probably make a "soft launch" today of his Democratic candidacy for governor.


posted: 12/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Nursing home residents and young children are society's most vulnerable members, especially in Arkansas where our record of elder care remains shamefully substandard on several levels, including dangerous medication errors.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Past and future in Washington

posted: 12/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. — They say the new president doesn’t like it here much and I can understand that; Washington doesn’t feel stylish or all that cosmopolitan; it is a city of $12 haircuts and puffy down jackets worn over Men’s Wearhouse suits, of sensible women in skirts and tennis shoes and homeless people camping in tents along E Street.

OPINION — Editorial: Won, but not over

posted: 12/12/2017 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Wars never really end when the generals and politicians "shake on it." Remember the first world catastrophe? It was supposed to end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. But along the eastern front, battles waged for weeks as different outfits fought for territory in the coming post-war years. The blasts over Japan didn't completely end the second version of last century's world wars. Japanese soldiers held out for years on several islands the Americans didn't find important enough to capture.

OPINION — Editorial: Trail of the Red Dragon

posted: 12/12/2017 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Mainland China has adopted a new-old pose as a friend and ally of this country. But its latest fire-breathing masquerade has only one clear beneficiary: Beijing itself.

OPINION — Editorial: Terror in the Philippines

posted: 12/12/2017 2:45 a.m. Discuss

With a summit meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations coming to Manila back in November, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, announced back in October that he was pulling the national police from their murderous crusade against drug users and dealers, a spasm of extrajudicial killing in which an estimated 12,000 people had died. We hoped then that Duterte was serious about ending the violence by police and vigilante groups.

OPINION: Stolen guns must be reported

posted: 12/12/2017 2:44 a.m. Discuss

The bumper stickers and lawn signs that quip, "This property protected by Smith & Wesson" can be a macho declaration of support for Second Amendment rights. But if the owners think they're somehow deterring criminals, they need to think again. Such warnings actually serve as advertisements that guns are inside for the taking, and thieves act accordingly.






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