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JOHN BRUMMETT: The kid's all right

posted: 05/31/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Once I was speaking in Conway at a roast of former state Sen. Gilbert Baker, at the time my favorite Republican, a designation I always try to keep in my collection.

MIKE MASTERSON: On the hog factory

posted: 05/31/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

It's become apparent in light of two editorials published by the newspaper that a number of my valued readers are confused by the difference in tone and approach between what I express in my column and the newspaper's opinions about coverage of the controversial C&H Hog Farms in Mount Judea.

Editorial: Antiques R Us

posted: 05/31/2016 2:25 a.m. Discuss

There was a time when Arkansas was an antique hunter's paradise. But now it's time to get rid of a lot of that junk. Americans used to visit Cuba to see old-model cars in the days before the embargo was being lifted. Now we're reduced to visiting the latest Kim's North Korea to see models of outdated technology. But fanciers of old-time inventions love the whole experience.

Columnists: Notes on the Waco Horror

posted: 05/31/2016 2:24 a.m. Discuss

"One of the most important assets Coach Briles has brought to Baylor is the moral character that he built into the football program."

Editorial: Spin, spin, spin

posted: 05/31/2016 2:23 a.m. Discuss

As a buddy of ours used to say, nothing ever changes except the date on the calendar. Yet you'd never know it from the day's whirring headlines which keep spinning 'round and 'round faster than an old 78 rpm record.

Columnists: Don't worry about normal

posted: 05/31/2016 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Have you noticed Hillary Clinton's fixation on what she sees as the dangers of Donald Trump becoming "normal"? It's quite interesting.

Others say: Hardly a breakthrough

posted: 05/31/2016 2:23 a.m. Discuss

The leader of Europe’s finance ministers called Wednesday’s agreement on Greek debt a “major breakthrough.” In a way, it was. The latest twist in this perpetual negotiation has raised the art of dithering to impressive new heights.

Letters

posted: 05/31/2016 2:20 a.m. Discuss

What’s the difference?

Editorial: EDITORIAL: Memorial Day 2016

posted: 05/30/2016 2:37 a.m. Discuss

From my mother's sleep I fell into the State, And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze. Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life, I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters. When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose. --Randall Jarrell, "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner"

Columnists: JOE WEISHAAR: Let's build a memorial

posted: 05/30/2016 2:36 a.m. Discuss

As many Americans around the country relax with friends and family this Memorial Day, I hope they take a moment to pause over their grills and swimming pools to ponder what the holiday really represents.

OTHERS SAY: Email mess gets worse

posted: 05/30/2016 2:36 a.m. Discuss

A State Department audit has found that Hillary Clinton violated department rules in her use of a home email server and failed to properly preserve federal records as secretary of state. But even more troubling is Clinton’s refusal to be interviewed about her practices by government officials.

COLUMNISTS: The arrow of history

posted: 05/30/2016 2:36 a.m. Comment 1

How do you distinguish a foreign policy “idealist” from a “realist,” an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or directional? Are we condemned to do the same damn thing over and over, generation after generation—or is there hope for some enduring progress in the world order?

Guest writer: Day to remember

posted: 05/30/2016 2:35 a.m. Comment 1

Today is Memorial Day, a time set apart to remember the military men and women who died in service to our country. It holds special meaning for me because my brother, Capt. Wilbur Dale Latimer, is among those we honor.

Read, watch, listen

posted: 05/30/2016 2:35 a.m. Discuss

To paraphrase the Dos Equis commercial, I don't listen to rock music much anymore, but when I do it's often after reading an intriguing essay or book about a band I grew up with. I'll then go back to their best albums and perhaps even watch film clips or movies about them.

Letters

posted: 05/30/2016 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Swimming with gators

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