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JOHN BRUMMETT: Viable law of the land

posted: 06/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 22

The U.S. Supreme Court has now produced a trilogy on abortion.

Editorial: Don't call

posted: 06/30/2016 2:59 a.m. Discuss

No responsible newspaper prejudges a case still in court, but that doesn't mean it can't root for one side or the other. Loudly. So here goes. The question now before federal Judge Leon Holmes is whether this state's TSA, or Telephone Solicitation by Automation act, is constitutional.

Editorial: Taxing your patience

posted: 06/30/2016 2:59 a.m. Comment 1

When the previous governor of Arkansas--Mike Beebe--was running as a candidate for his first term in 2005, the state's tax on groceries stood, towered, at 6 percent. At the time, some of us called it Arkansas' Shame. (This was before the lottery.) Imagine taxing folks that much on bread and milk. Not to mention squash, hamburger buns, fish fry seasoning and all the other essentials to Arkansas life and diet. Of all the good that Mike Beebe did during his two terms in office, and he did a lot with the help of the Ledge, at the top of the list should be reducing the state's grocery tax to 1.5 percent, where it stands today.

Columnists: The fraud goes on

posted: 06/30/2016 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States voted that President Obama exceeded his authority when he granted exemptions from the immigration laws passed by Congress.

Others say: A good start

posted: 06/30/2016 2:57 a.m. Discuss

In a mid-May editorial we argued that, because Russia's international sports program has been so corrupted by doping and other grave cheating, all of that nation's athletes should be barred from this summer's Olympics in Brazil.

Columnists: One hundred years ago ...

posted: 06/30/2016 2:55 a.m. Comments 3

One hundred years ago Friday, the greatest battle of the First World War began--the Battle of the Somme. Hope died that day, and the modern age began.

Guest writer: Arkansas can win

posted: 06/30/2016 2:54 a.m. Comment 1

The recent editorial by this paper titled "Still, let's not" included a laundry list of basic arguments as to why voters should reject the proposed constitutional amendment to authorize one casino in each of Boone, Miller, and Washington counties.

Letters

posted: 06/30/2016 2:52 a.m. Discuss

All life must be valued

Column: PAUL GREENBERG: It's all about them

posted: 06/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

Let us utter a quiet prayer of thanks for the private graveside service for friends and family. It was the only thing that left Muhammad Ali's leave-taking with a shred of simple human dignity. The rest was a concatenation of self-infatuated egos. political causes of the pop-left persuasion, and Carnival in Rio.

Editorial: At last, we can move on

posted: 06/29/2016 2:56 a.m. Discuss

The mills of justice grind slow, they say, but exceedingly fine. Now they're grinding out almost $600,000 in damages to a much abused town in the heart of Arkansas. That's how much a couple of the oil giant Exxon's many subsidiaries have agreed to pay the City of Mayflower for all the damage done when the Pegasus pipeline burst and drenched the whole place in oil. Not a pretty sight.

Editorial: Quit--or else

posted: 06/29/2016 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Who says the law has no sense of irony? In the name of "protecting and maintaining the integrity of the judiciary," a majority of the state's highest court has decided to curtail it--severely. How? By stripping judges of their retirement pay if they choose to stay on the bench upon reaching the age of 70.

Others say: A global lesson

posted: 06/29/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

In the case of the Brexit, many factors played a role. Terrorism, immigration and, some would argue, xenophobia--not to mention concerns over sclerotic economic growth--contributed to the decision by the majority of British voters to re-establish their national independence.

Columnists: The bear growls

posted: 06/29/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Russian intelligence and security services have been waging a campaign of harassment and intimidation against U.S. diplomats, embassy staff and their families in Moscow and several other European capitals that has rattled ambassadors and prompted Secretary of State John Kerry to ask Vladimir Putin to put a stop to it.

Pack it up, please

posted: 06/29/2016 2:52 a.m. Comments 7

One of the quickest ways to make me roll my eyes (other than using tired talking points or debunked stories, hyperpartisanship ...) is to use a hackneyed portmanteau word.

REX NELSON: The black bathhouses

posted: 06/29/2016 2:50 a.m. Comment 1

During a recent visit to the Hot Springs National Park visitors' center in the Fordyce Bathhouse, I was intrigued by an exhibit outlining the tradition of black employees in the city's white bathhouses. The exhibit also chronicled the history of bathhouses for blacks during the segregation era. Couple that with a tradition of Negro League teams holding baseball spring training in Hot Springs and it's evident that the Spa City was an oasis for black visitors at a time when segregation had a stranglehold on the rest of the region.

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