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Column: Gained in translation

posted: 01/22/2017 1:58 a.m. Comment 1

While the Christian world was preparing to celebrate the birth of its savior as the past year drew to a close, Jews were wishing our neighbors a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And between the glow of Christmas trees and the bright lights of the Chanukah menorah, all was a-glitter. Outside and in, in homes and hearts, at work or at play. Good will, the best of social lubricants, will have that welcome effect. But how express the theology of these respectful holidays in poetry? It's a challenge, if a happy one.

Confronting the opioid epidemic

posted: 01/22/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

A year ago I woke in the night with pain so severe I was crying before I was fully aware what was going on. A 50-year-old cop sobbed like a child in the dark.

Idealizing the family structure

posted: 01/22/2017 1:57 a.m. Comments 2

Growing up, the lesson was everywhere: Every major woe in black America can be solved if we addressed the problem of missing fathers.

Guest column: In support of working families

posted: 01/22/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

It's no secret that Arkansas has struggled with the issue of generational poverty for decades. We've become accustomed to lists and statistics showing our state at or near the bottom when it comes to measuring poverty. From the Delta to the Ozarks and all points in between, it's an issue with which we've become all too familiar.

Presidential portraits shape legacies

posted: 01/22/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

American presidents build their legacies through a vast array of institutions and images. In the months and years after they leave office, presidential libraries are built, official and personal papers preserved, documentaries filmed, houses made into museums and, if the president is Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln or a Roosevelt, mighty statues carved. (Angela Merkel can't expect anything like that.) And in a time-honored tradition, presidents sit for their portraits.

Which news media matters most?

posted: 01/22/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

After Donald Trump's rant at Buzzfeed and CNN at his news conference recently, there were calls for the news media to unite against the president-elect's bullying. The theory was that if we don't present a united front, Trump will outflank reporters who have legitimate questions by singling them out for abuse.

Preparing for disease threats

posted: 01/22/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

As America experiences a new presidential administration, a major victory was announced in the world of medical science that provides a reminder of the importance of the under-celebrated workhorse of dramatic outbreak stories: preparedness.

Myth of gender-neutral parenting

posted: 01/22/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

In steadfast pursuit of gender equality and to promote nonconformity, it's become popular in some social circles to start early, very early, by raising young children in a gender-neutral way: not revealing the baby's sex at birth, dressing them and their bedroom in various shades of oatmeal, encouraging them to play with gender-neutral toys. There's also pressure on corporations to help; parental complaints led Target to stop sex-segregating its toys, for instance.

Not predicting this legislative session

posted: 01/22/2017 1:52 a.m. Comment 1

"It is a hypothesis that the sun will rise tomorrow: and this means that we do not know whether it will rise."

Best-sellers

posted: 01/22/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Fiction

Editorial: Mr. President

posted: 01/22/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

Others say: Watch deeds, not words

posted: 01/22/2017 1:49 a.m. Comment 1

Everyone stands when the president enters the room. It's protocol, a deserved sign of respect for the office and the American people who select its occupant.

Columnists: Beneath the surface

posted: 01/22/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Recently two state agencies uncovered historical artifacts while pursuing construction projects in downtown Little Rock. Contractors working on the new Broadway Bridge for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department uncovered remnants of wooden block paving. Meanwhile, workers building a parking lot for the Department of Arkansas Heritage uncovered remains of the 1890s facilities used to maintain and house streetcars.

Columnists: Give the guy a chance

posted: 01/22/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

So it, whatever it is, has begun.

Worth dying for?

posted: 01/22/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

In choosing death over exile, Greek philosopher Socrates counseled: "The unexamined life is not worth living." Today, that message can translate to choosing to die prematurely in the face of violating one's beliefs or principles.

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