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Social media blitzkrieg, Russian style

posted: 10/22/2017 1:55 a.m. Comments 8

The tank was a British invention, built to penetrate German trenches during World War I. But it was the Germans who, during the interwar period, figured out how to most effectively utilize the tank, in coordination with aircraft and infantry, for offensive operations. Thus was born the blitzkrieg ("lightning war") that allowed the Germans to overrun much of Europe in 1939-1940. The British and the French, who still had more and better tanks, were helpless to resist the onslaught.

OPINION - COLUMN ONE: Save those turkeys

posted: 10/22/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The phantom pilot who's tossed live turkeys from his airplane for 15 years now over the annual Turkey Trot Festival at Yellville is a phantom no more. Now that he's been succeeded by a different pilot flying a different aircraft, he's proudly revealed his identity. He turns out to be Dana Woods, pharmacist and alderman from Mountain View.

OPINION: Where the fair began

posted: 10/22/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

This year's state fair reminded me that Arkansans have been flocking to a state fair for more than a century.

2nd thoughts about saying #MeToo

posted: 10/22/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

When women and some men started sharing their stories of sexual harassment and assault on social media using the hashtag #MeToo, it almost didn't occur to me to join in. Of course, I've been sexually harassed, starting when I was a freshman in high school and continuing to the present day. As a female journalist with a Twitter feed and an easily accessible email address, I've come to accept handling a stream of sexually inflected insults as an occupational hazard.

Why we should care about the census

posted: 10/22/2017 1:52 a.m. Comment 1

The census is the biggest political issue that most people don't care about.

Who will rebuild? The undocumented

posted: 10/22/2017 1:52 a.m. Comment 1

In Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, mammoth hurricanes have left behind a colossal amount of work. The cleanup and reconstruction efforts are going to take years. That means a severe demand for salvage and demolition crews, roofers, carpenters, drywall installers, painters, plumbers and workers in all manner of other trades and skills.

Guest column: Will we stand up for the victims?

posted: 10/22/2017 1:52 a.m. Comment 1

How long must the victims, who were taken from us too soon, have to wait for true justice to be delivered? Will their families and loved ones ever have closure from their nightmare? When will we, the citizens of Arkansas, stand for just punishment for the truly unforgivable crimes committed on our soil? Can we sit idly by as our broken judicial system protects the worst of the worst, at the cost of the legacy of the slain?

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 10/22/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

1. ORIGIN by Dan Brown. After reconnecting with one of his first students, now a billionaire futurist, symbology professor Robert Langdon must go on a perilous quest with a beautiful museum director.

Weapons to fight fake news

posted: 10/22/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

After the gunfire ended, false claims that the Las Vegas carnage was the work of Islamic State terrorists or left-leaning Donald Trump opponents flooded Facebook pages, YouTube searches, and news feeds. Again, we saw how so-called "fake news" can fuel chaos and stoke hatred.

Hold the gun industry responsible

posted: 10/22/2017 1:49 a.m. Comments 2

It is time to stop giving the gun industry special protections that are not accorded to other businesses.

OPINION: Not everyone, not most of us

posted: 10/22/2017 1:48 a.m. Comments 2

I never heard anything too specific about Harvey Weinstein.

OPINION — Editorial: Early tax relief

posted: 10/22/2017 1:48 a.m. Comments 4

"One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results."

OPINION : The city whisperer

posted: 10/22/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

I call him the City Whisperer. Daniel Hintz of Bentonville didn't set out to play that role, but he's helping drive what I consider the most encouraging trend in economic development in Arkansas these days. After years--often decades--of neglect, more and more Arkansas cities are rediscovering their historic downtowns.

OPINION — Editorial: Dancing in the streets

posted: 10/22/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

It's not every week that there is good news in the War on Terror, which continues, and continues, and continues. But last week the good guys took a major step. ISIS isn't dead, but it's on the gurney. As a man named Churchill once said in another war, this might not be the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

OPINION: Ted Cruz's win

posted: 10/22/2017 1:46 a.m. Comment 1

CNN is to be commended for its sponsorship of the tax debate Thursday night between Sens. Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders. It was a serious, informative discussion about an important issue in Washington. Imagine that.

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