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HB1228 passes House, heads to governor

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 8:13 p.m.
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posted: 03/31/2015 2:51 a.m. Comment 1

Not worthy, not hired

In or out of context

posted: 03/31/2015 2:50 a.m. Comments 18

Timing and context are everything, and they place Arkansas in a most unfavorable, vulnerable and all-too-familiar light.

Community service : Easter Feed nears

posted: 03/31/2015 2:50 a.m. Comment 1

I'm looking forward again to the barristerlike barkings of effervescent Fayetteville attorney Jim Rose III (again clad in colorful civilian uniform) as he transforms into the role of drill sergeant who assigns volunteers to the serving line at the M&N Augustine Foundation Easter Feed.

Columnists: Won't stay quiet for long

posted: 03/31/2015 2:49 a.m. Discuss

In November, the Republican narrative was that the Tea Party movement was in decline, which would make it easier for congressional Republican leaders. The message was repeated last week as the Republican majorities in the House and Senate passed budgets.

Editorials: Today's blind alley

posted: 03/31/2015 2:49 a.m. Comments 2

When there's nothing to argue about, knee-jerk critics of Arkansas' junior senator--the indefatigable Tom Cotton--will argue about nothing. In this case, about the antiquated Logan Act, which you might say was antiquated from the moment it was passed in 1799. For it was part of the Federalist Party's package of Alien and Sedition Acts, a conglomeration of bad ideas and worse law designed to silence the Jeffersonian opposition.

Columnists: Mornings in blue America

posted: 03/31/2015 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Two impossible things happened to the U.S. economy over the course of the past year--or at least they were supposed to be impossible, according to the ideology that dominates half our political spectrum.

Editorials: A buoyant bon voyage

posted: 03/31/2015 2:48 a.m. Discuss

"We had a great time." This is the typical response from Libby Smith whenever she's asked about her latest travel adventure. The destination hardly matters--it could be a week in the Galapagos Islands, a driving tour of Albania, or an overnight staycation in Little Rock's River Market District or . . . . She always finds something to enjoy.


posted: 03/30/2015 2:39 a.m. Comment 1

Oops, so sorry, my bad

No nukes for Iran

posted: 03/30/2015 2:38 a.m. Comment 1

Barack Obama appears intent upon concluding an agreement with Iran that, according to critics from both parties, could allow it to become a nuclear power on the installment plan. About which, several observations:

Guest writer: A benefit to all

posted: 03/30/2015 2:38 a.m. Comment 1

During my 20+ years in health care, I've bumped up against my fair share of glass ceilings. Of course, I'm not alone.

Columnists: Bored with school?

posted: 03/30/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

The London newspaper The Independent recently published a sensational story about Finnish plans to abandon subject teaching in public schools. No more math, history and geography as separate lessons, it reported. Instead, students will study topics such as the European Union, picking up language and math skills and knowledge about geography and history as they go along. Even though that's not exactly what's happening in Finland, the article took off on social networks. Apparently, adjustments to rigidly compartmentalized learning sound good to a lot of people.

Others say: Another mystery

posted: 03/30/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Anyone who boards a commercial jetliner knows the safety risks. Passengers buckle up and sometimes fortify themselves with a drink and the assurance that, statistically, flying gets safer and safer because planes are better engineered and pilots are better trained.

Columnists: The GOP racing form

posted: 03/30/2015 2:36 a.m. Comments 2

With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it's time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.

Editorials: Language as evasion

posted: 03/30/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

George Orwell remains an inextinguishable guide to clarity when it comes to thinking about politics or just about anything else. See his classic essay, "Politics and the English Language," in which be notes that the first, indispensable step to clear thought is to call things by their right names.

Editorial: Poorly built Washington County bridges must be explained

posted: 03/30/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

After a Washington County Road Department employee sued County Judge Marilyn Edwards and other supervisors late last year, Edwards' chief of staff defended the county's work on two bridges the employee alleged to be poorly built. Dan Short said he would have "no compunction" with his family driving across either bridge.


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