posted: 02/25/2017 2:30 a.m.
Once upon a time in Arkansas it was seriously proposed that this state's Division of Youth Services should not only maintain records on its clientele, which is sensible enough, but that if asked about them--here's the hook--deny that those records ever existed. To borrow an old line from Dave Barry, WE ARE NOT MAKING THIS UP.
posted: 02/25/2017 2:29 a.m.
Across the country, Republicans have been facing crowds demanding to know how they will protect the 20 million Americans who gained health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act and will lose it if the act is repealed. And after all that inveighing against the evils of Obamacare, it turns out that they've got nothing.
posted: 02/25/2017 2:29 a.m.
Republican members of Congress planning to repeal and replace Obamacare have been hosting town hall meetings with constituents and have been greeted by largely hostile crowds. These protesters seem to have forgotten about Obamacare's glaring failures. For those in need of a reminder, here are four of the program's biggest problems:
posted: 02/25/2017 2:28 a.m.
"Make 'em and break 'em." Isn't that the way it usual-ly goes? New Year's resolutions. Most years I prevailed pretty much until just about now before I would reach a point of humiliating capitulation. This is about the time that the Snickers bar, sleuth-like in the back of the fridge in what Joanne believes to be her secret hiding spot behind the mayo and pickles, started screaming at me every time I opened the door.
posted: 02/25/2017 2:27 a.m.
I've exercised an impressive level of darn-near superhuman willpower to refrain from commenting on all the Tontitown-like turmoil unfolding in little Cave Springs. Yet, alas, valued readers, today I've have failed after finally enjoying all the darkened drama I could stand without offering a thought.
posted: 02/25/2017 2:26 a.m.
Repair, don't repeal
posted: 02/24/2017 4:30 a.m.
Every Fourth of July, I encourage readers, friends and colleagues to re-read the Declaration of Independence from 1776. Similarly, every 22nd of February is a good time to re-read George Washington's Farewell Address, written and published 20 years after the Declaration.
posted: 02/24/2017 2:05 a.m.
For years now, Arkansas has played political badminton with voter ID laws. The people seem to want such laws, and elect legislators who propose and pass such laws. Then the courts get involved and throw out the laws. Then lawmakers re-propose and re-pass the laws. And another court or six chimes in. Back and forth. It's about as entertaining as badminton itself. That is to say, it isn't much.
posted: 02/24/2017 2:03 a.m.
Believe it or not, not all meetings have to be boring. For proof, see the town hall gathering that Tom Cotton held Wednesday in Springdale. Talk about a rambunctious democracy! What a country!
posted: 02/24/2017 2:02 a.m.
Russia's secret deployment of a new cruise missile in violation of a 1987 agreement with the United States calls into question the whole value of making deals with President Vladimir Putin.
posted: 02/24/2017 2 a.m.
I still have trouble seeing how the Trump administration survives a full term. Judging by his last press conference, President Donald Trump's mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through indulgent, chaotic and unnerving, and is now careening past unhinged, unmoored and unglued.
posted: 02/24/2017 1:58 a.m.
With cries of "fake news" coming from all sides, schools are stepping up--teaching media literacy to help students distinguish rumor from fact, hoax from reality.
posted: 02/24/2017 1:57 a.m.
During the month of February, the nation celebrates Black History Month and honors those individuals who have illuminated a path forward. Sadly, the history of the South boasts very few black female leaders due in large part to ongoing exclusion and age-old beliefs along race and gender lines. In fact, it was only this year that Pine Bluff elected its first black female mayor.
posted: 02/24/2017 1:52 a.m.
A betrayal of values
posted: 02/23/2017 5:45 a.m.
Editor's note: This is an updated and revised version of a column first published online-only Wednesday.