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Commentary: DANA D. KELLEY: Crime wake-up call

posted: 12/09/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 23

Amid all the lamentations about "fake news" steering people wrong, few examples are as risky--and deadly--as the continued downplaying of violent crime in the national news media.

Editorial: Buckle 'em in

posted: 12/09/2016 2:13 a.m. Comment 1

Mark McElroy, a state representative from little ol' Tillar, has the right idea. What's more, it's an idea both Democrats and Republicans can support in a display of bipartisan cooperation after all the partisan recriminations of last month's elections. Who knows, this could be the beginning of a new era of good feelings in the state's legislature--because this bill really is for the kids.

Columnists: The case for John Bolton

posted: 12/09/2016 2:13 a.m. Discuss

In most presidential transitions you can tell who is likely to get the job by who has declined to talk about it with the press. By this logic, John Bolton--a retired diplomat known for his moustache, love of Ford Mustangs and loathing of America's enemies--looks like the front runner for secretary of state.

Nothing to see here

posted: 12/09/2016 2:12 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama's administration announced earlier this week that it is denying an easement needed to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would run crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The project is mostly built on private land but requires approval from the Army Corps of Engineers to cross federally regulated waters, including Lake Oahe, a section of the Missouri River. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which governs a reservation near the lake, objects that the project threatens its water and violates sacred land. The protest camp the tribe created has swelled with activists from across the country, who have clashed with local authorities. So, with the harsh Dakota winter descending on the camp, the Army Corps said Sunday it would examine new routes in consultation with tribal leaders.

Columnists: Air Force $$$

posted: 12/09/2016 2:12 a.m. Comments 2

President-elect Donald Trump unexpectedly made an appearance in the Trump Tower lobby earlier this week and told reporters he thought the new Air Force One program headed by Boeing was "totally out of control," citing a $4 billion price tag and indicating that maybe Boeing was taking advantage of taxpayers.

Guest writer: More with less

posted: 12/09/2016 2:11 a.m. Comments 2

Efficiency involves doing more with less. Arkansas households and commercial enterprises meet this challenge on a daily basis, with technological advances that generate productivity increases playing a greater role.

Letters

posted: 12/09/2016 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Threats are not 'great'

Commentary: JOHN BRUMMETT: Dawn of the new era

posted: 12/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 24

There's a revolution in Washington, but merely a new era in Little Rock, where state government will be now be more capital-R Republican and small-d democratic.

Editorial: Don't screw it up

posted: 12/08/2016 3 a.m. Discuss

The state's Republicans had a lot to celebrate at their annual convention, for the party picked up nine seats in Arkansas' 100-member House of Representatives in last month's election and two more seats in the 35-member state Senate.

Columnists: The left's gambles

posted: 12/08/2016 2:59 a.m. Comments 4

Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don't have enough information to know how the decision will turn out. The risks may be even greater when people make decisions for other people. Yet there are some who are not only willing but eager to take decisions away from those who are directly affected.

Fake news, real gunfire

posted: 12/08/2016 2:57 a.m. Discuss

“Pizzagate,” as the social media conspiracy lovers styled it, is the deranged conspiracy theory by which Comet Ping Pong, a popular family pizzeria in Northwest Washington, D.C., is the hub of a child-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta. This baseless drivel is fake news at its most patently absurd.

Columnists: Who's to blame for fake news?

posted: 12/08/2016 2:55 a.m. Comments 5

When the problem of fake news first started making headlines, I was traveling across Southeast Asia and the Middle East. That vantage point provided a striking contrast: While we in America waste the right to a free press, half a world away the right is so precious that people routinely risk their lives to support it.

Guest writer: Comfort of closure

posted: 12/08/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Between my tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, I served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, whose primary duty is military-honors funerals.

Letters

posted: 12/08/2016 2:53 a.m. Comments 3

Could rail be priority?

Column: PAUL GREENBERG: Date that will live in infamy

posted: 12/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

It was only a matter of time. Everybody knew that. The United States was already engaged in an undeclared naval war against Nazi Germany in the North Atlantic and the Battle of Britain, aka the Blitz, had been fought in the skies over London.

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