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Commentary: REX NELSON: White gold

posted: 10/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

I drove through the farm country of Northeast Arkansas earlier this month as I made the short trip from the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum at Tyronza to the Johnny Cash home at Dyess. As I turned right from Arkansas 77 onto Arkansas 14, there was the Rabbit Ridge Gin, one of the largest remaining cotton gins in Arkansas. If it's October, the Rabbit Ridge Gin is a busy place.

Column: PAUL GREENBERG: Eminent Victorians

posted: 10/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Back when the prudes of another century were being badmouthed by a generation on the verge of sexual liberation, they were dismissed as a wave of the past. Queen Victoria, whose long reign gave her name to a whole era, looked at the unwholesome spectacle unfolding around her and pronounced: "We are not amused." Nor should she have been. Any more than Elizabeth II should be amused by the carryings-on of her family, good German hausfrau she long has been. When respectability is no longer respectable, all lose their bearings and genuine sentiment is replaced by only sentimentality. It is not a step up.

Editorial: Words of wisdom

posted: 10/26/2016 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Early on a summer morn, before the heat takes over the day, as the sun slowly paints the sky, even a place like central Oklahoma, close to Lawton, can be beautiful. The way the barren landscapes of the moon or Mars can be beautiful. A body can stand in the rural Oklahoma sands, catch a soft breeze, and see for miles. The birds chase each other around in the wind, and a kind of peace washes over you.

Editorial: The state of the State Fair

posted: 10/26/2016 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Looking for the best indicator of Arkansas' political health? It may not be the usual political-science studies or commentaries like this one, but in something as basic as the gate receipts of the State Fair. And this year's won't set any records.

Others say: Clarify Russia policy

posted: 10/26/2016 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Whatever awaits voters come inauguration day, it's now clear that the biggest foreign policy challenge facing the next president will be Russia. Yet America's plan for meeting that challenge isn't clear at all.

Columnists: Vulnerable, not deplorable

posted: 10/26/2016 3:05 a.m. Discuss

If Donald Trump loses the election on Nov. 8, he will not have lost it on the issues.

Frustrated on facts

posted: 10/26/2016 3:03 a.m. Comments 4

There are many reasons I didn't remain a political science major in college. One of the chief reasons would be because politics (especially as it's now devolved) is too illogical for someone who is obsessed with logic and facts.


posted: 10/26/2016 3:01 a.m. Comment 1

From mouths of babes

COMMENTARY: JOHN BRUMMETT: A look at the issues

posted: 10/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 11

With early voting started, we should turn our attention to matters of actual consequence that will appear on the Arkansas ballot.

Commentary: PHILIP MARTIN: Nothing left to do but worry

posted: 10/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

If all went well, I've voted. My round of ammo is spent. Nothing more for me to do but wait and worry.

COMMENTARY: MIKE MASTERSON: Art flap in Fayetteville

posted: 10/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

An intriguing conflict within the Fayetteville Underground art gallery prompted 22 artists to pull their work from the walls in protest the other day. But 26 others were quickly added to fill the empty spaces.

Editorial: What a turnaround

posted: 10/25/2016 2:28 a.m. Discuss

In a video call from the Chinese mainland, where he's gone before to make an announcement that a Chinese company is investing in Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson was able to break the news that a Chinese company is to be making clothing for the American market, and will be doing so right here in the Wonder State, which never ceases to be wonderful.

Editorial: The press in jail

posted: 10/25/2016 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' prison board has adopted a new policy that affects not only prisoners but those who cover them. For it restricts press coverage to members of the certified "news media." But who's that? And when officials define the term, how long before reporters and editors find themselves testifying in court as witnesses? Beware: To define a term--news media, for example--is necessarily to limit it.

Others say: The limits of Facebook

posted: 10/25/2016 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Facebook is "a tech company, not a media company." That's not just the opinion of a few traditional journalists. It's a quote from Mark Zuckerberg. And as Facebook's recent troubles with truth illustrate, it's a fact users need to remember.

Columnists: The Donald faces the polls

posted: 10/25/2016 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Donald Trump has begun to contemplate the unthinkable: He might lose. At a rally in Florida on Sunday, Trump lapsed into an uncharacteristic moment of self-doubt, diverging from his script to wonder aloud whether running for president was a good idea: "I'll let you know on the evening of November 8th." And two days earlier, Trump actually uttered the words, "if I lose . . . ." before trailing off.




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