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OPINION — Editorial: Others say: Jerry Lewis

posted: 08/23/2017 3:12 a.m. Discuss

For more than four decades, Jerry Lewis united Americans in an annual experience so communal and without strife that it's hard to imagine now. Lewis was a talented comedian and a successful filmmaker. Some consider him a genius, and in the realm of physical comedy, he was. But for many, hearing of his passing Sunday, it was not his movies or pratfalls that sprang to mind. It was the Labor Day weekends, as summers ended and generations of the family gathered to watch the telethon.

OPINION: It's on now

posted: 08/23/2017 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Breitbart News, with former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon back in charge, is ripping mad at President Donald Trump after Monday's Afghanistan speech foreshadowed an increase in ground troops.

OPINION: Unequal blame

posted: 08/23/2017 3:07 a.m. Discuss

After a weekend in which I battled both fire ants and tears (after receiving a vaccination reminder for my dear, departed furry one), I want to move on to happier things. Alas, it appears time instead to revisit logical fallacies, specifically false/moral equivalence.

OPINION: The ballpark in August

posted: 08/23/2017 3:06 a.m. Discuss

I hope to be at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock tonight, in my usual seat behind home plate watching the Arkansas Travelers play baseball. It's late August, kids are back in school and the weeknight crowds are smaller at Dickey-Stephens than they were earlier in the summer.

Letters

posted: 08/23/2017 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Choice we must make

OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: A compromise broached

posted: 08/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 56

In a continued spirit of civil dialogue, let us remain constructive and consider today a proposed compromise on Confederate monuments.

OPINION : MIKE MASTERSON: Mustard on that burger?

posted: 08/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

If you haven't met Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape, you've missed knowing a man who strikes me as the epitome of what every peace officer should be. Along with a ready sense of humor and infectious laugh, Slape displays a healthy measure of ingenuity with common sense that makes him easy to like and respect, probably even when he's attaching a set of cuffs.

OPINION : PHILIP MARTIN: Dreams worth hearing about

posted: 08/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Nobody wants to hear about your dreams.

OPINION — Editorial: Charter schools lead the way

posted: 08/22/2017 2:18 a.m. Comments 2

IT TOOK a suspenseful time and more than one try, but Arkansas' Charter Authorizing Panel, in charge of determining the number of charter schools that will be allowed to open and operate in this state, now has given preliminary approval to three more applications--one from Little Rock and two from Pine Bluff--that brings to five the number of new schools the committee would let open for business in this small, wonderful state.

OPINION — Editorial: Terror in Spain

posted: 08/22/2017 2:16 a.m. Discuss

The terrorist attacks in Spain's Catalonia region superficially resembled the car assaults that have murdered random pedestrians in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm in the past 13 months. Yet this plot was on another scale. Rather than a solo operation, the attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils were carried out by a cell of at least eight to as many as 12 people, authorities said. Fourteen people died and 126 were injured--but the carnage could easily have been worse. Police now believe that a house that was destroyed in an explosion before the attacks contained propane canisters the terrorists intended to use in the attacks. And the quick response by officers in Cambrils likely saved many lives.

OPINION : Peace by iron rule

posted: 08/22/2017 2:15 a.m. Discuss

The elections earlier this month in the small African nation of Rwanda, with a tragic history, call once more into question its likely future trajectory.

Letters

posted: 08/22/2017 2:13 a.m. Discuss

See no civility in that

OPINION — Editorial: In cold blood

posted: 08/21/2017 2:24 a.m. Comment 1

Let us praise Arkansas circuit judge John Fogleman for releasing the blood-chilling testimony over the years of two schoolboy killers who went on a rampage at a middle school in this state in 1998. Since then, the story of Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden--and their victims--in Jonesboro, Ark., has become a familiar one all over the country. Its essence has been known since Truman Capote told it in his best-seller In Cold Blood, about the murder of a farm family in Kansas, where he and his childhood friend Harper Lee traced the killers' every step.

OPINION: Fox News must clean house

posted: 08/21/2017 2:23 a.m. Comments 5

James Murdoch, chief executive of 21st Century Fox, has pledged to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League, according to an email he sent to friends.

OPINION — Editorial: Goodbye, good riddance

posted: 08/21/2017 2:22 a.m. Discuss

With a week like that, why wouldn't you make a change?

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