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Editorial: Old times there forgotten

posted: 07/30/2015 2:54 a.m. Comments 13

If heaven ain't a lot like Dixie, we don't wanna go. (Gosh, there's got to be a country song in there somewhere.) But, as recent stories in the newspaper suggest, Dixie hasn't always been all mint juleps and Aunt Bea's cornbread muffins. Like the history of any place, history here is mixed.

Columnists: The Americans are coming

posted: 07/30/2015 2:53 a.m. Discuss

When a fleet of yachts and schooners from Key West, Fla., sailed into sunny Havana Harbor on May 20, the American flags they flew waved at Cubans lined along the slimy seawall. The Cubans not only waved back but also whistled and flashed two-finger victory signs.

Editorial: Dept. of Strange Coincidences

posted: 07/30/2015 2:53 a.m. Comments 6

The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service swears his people didn't discriminate against right-wing groups seeking to obtain or retain their tax-exempt status. Or rather Commissioner John Koskinen says no evidence that his agency did so has turned up.

Others say: Disclose those bundlers

posted: 07/30/2015 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Apollo, Voyager, Endeavour. These familiar names no longer belong only to space shuttles: They're also how Jeb Bush is categorizing his top donors in the 2016 presidential race. We hope Bush will attach identities to those titles and make them public, as he has promised.

Columnists: Hillary's conundrum

posted: 07/30/2015 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Hillary Clinton can't keep her story straight. I'm not talking about her email servers. She can't stick to a consistent line on the rather more central issue of the U.S. economy. It is leading to odd tonal shifts in her campaign and to some foolish policy choices.

Guest writer: Competitive edge

posted: 07/30/2015 2:51 a.m. Comment 1

No one--at least no one I've met--enjoys paying taxes. And whether we like it or not, paying taxes is not a voluntary activity; it is the law. If you don't pay your income taxes because you don't want to and end up getting audited, you will find very few people sympathetic to your plight.

The Arkansas Special

posted: 07/30/2015 2:51 a.m. Comments 14

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, assigned by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to finagle a way out of this Common Core imbroglio, says we must change the name and tinker.

Letters

posted: 07/30/2015 2:50 a.m. Comment 1

Strangers' generosity One night last week, my husband John and I decided to go out to eat. We chose an excellent west Little Rock restaurant near to our home.

Editorial: What was that again?

posted: 07/29/2015 3:01 a.m. Comments 3

So the mayor of yet another Arkansas city wants to boost local taxes again. No doubt for much-needed goverment projects, even pet ones. Of course, it's all for the public good. (Aren't all tax increases?) And no doubt the mayor deflected any responsibility of requesting said bump by having a Blue Ribbon Panel explain all the ways the community would benefit. Because, you see, the tax increase would . . . . go toward . . . . surely helping locals . . . . pave streets or improve the courthouse or raise pay for. . . .

Columnists: What's the alternative?

posted: 07/29/2015 2:59 a.m. Comments 13

Anyone who criticizes our president's nuclear deal with Iran is bound to be asked: What's the alternative? With the clear implication that there isn't one--not an acceptable one, anyway. It's either war or peace. A simple, black-and-white, all-or-none choice: It's the president's way or no way--except war--to prevent Iran from joining the nuclear club.

Editorial: The power of inertia

posted: 07/29/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

With the deadline nearing to re-authorize the Highway Trust Fund or start shutting down the country's transportation system, Congress finally bestirred itself. But not before the U.S. Senate decided to play a little politics and add an extension of the Export-Import Bank to the bill. Which will doubtless please all those interests that would rather have the federal government subsidize them than depend on the free market. Who can blame them? Why should they have to stand on their own two feet like the rest of us? Not when Uncle Sucker is ready to extend friendly credit terms, guarantee loans, and provide insurance for whatever it is these outfits are selling overseas.

Editorial: The word is out

posted: 07/29/2015 2:58 a.m. Comments 3

According to a flurry of all too believable news reports/rumors over the weekend, this administration is planning to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard as a sop to Israeli public opinion. To put it in plain English, an increasingly rare commodity these days, "Go along with our deal to let Iran have its Bomb, whatever that may mean to your very existence, and we'll let you have your spy back."

Columnists: Just the ticket

posted: 07/29/2015 2:58 a.m. Discuss

What we heard before takeoff on a recent Spirit Airlines flight out of O'Hare: Welcome aboard Spirit Airlines, home to the most professional flight attendants in the skies. Unfortunately, none of them were available today, so you're stuck with us. . . . In the unlikely event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks and credit card swipers will descend from the ceiling. . . . Oxygen will flow from the mask, until you hit your credit limit. . . . If the plane is forced to make a water landing, don't worry: You won't be charged an additional cruise vacation fee.

Wretched refuse

posted: 07/29/2015 2:57 a.m. Comments 2

Politics and politicians have mucked a lot of things up, but most painful to me are truth and words. Truth, as we know, has become malleable and, for the most partisan among us, whatever aligns with their beliefs.

Farewell to a house

posted: 07/29/2015 2:56 a.m. Comments 3

I knew the day was coming, but that didn't make it any easier. As my sister and I sat in the offices of a title company across the street from the Clark County Courthouse at Arkadelphia, I looked through the papers showing that my parents had purchased the house in the Ouachita Hills neighborhood in the spring of 1961. I was not yet 2 years old.

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