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posted: 09/02/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Stand up, be heard

Let the arrows fly

posted: 09/02/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Political traditions are dying rapidly in Arkansas. That includes the one about campaign politics beginning in earnest on Labor Day.

A life lived: Leaving a mark

posted: 09/02/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Comedian George Carlin, who died in 2008, reminded us that life isn't measured in the number of breaths we take, rather by the intangible moments that take our breath away.

Others say: More post office blues

posted: 09/02/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

There is even more bad financial news for the U.S. Postal Service, according to a report released last month by the agency's Office of Inspector General. In addition to sharply declining mail volume and significant required payments for retiree health care, the USPS is struggling with high workers' compensation costs.

Columnists: But don't let the feds do it

posted: 09/02/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

There are good reasons for financing roads through tolls instead of federal fuel taxes, but there is no case for the federal government to collect such tolls.

Columnists: Open those toll roads

posted: 09/02/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The United States faces a transportation infrastructure dilemma. According to recent estimates from the Reason Foundation, reconstruction and needed capacity enhancements to the Interstate Highway System will cost approximately $1 trillion over the next two decades. If no new lanes are added, reconstruction will still cost nearly $600 billion.

Editorials: Is it time for a strategy?

posted: 09/02/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

While on the subject of the commander-in-chief of our armed forces--and the troops who keep us safe from one threat after another around the world--a little item in Friday's survey of the wires rang a bell. An alarm bell.

Editorials: Editorial in a photograph

posted: 09/02/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

There are times when a picture might as well be an editorial. Here's one taken last Tuesday of Barack Obama returning a salute from military personnel at this year's national convention of the American Legion in Charlotte, N.C., or rather attempting to. Pitiful.

All that jazz

posted: 09/01/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Although I grew up listening to what is today called "classic rock," I began to gradually lose interest in it by the early 1980s or so--David Bowie's Let's Dance was probably the last rock album I remember taking home and playing over and over again.


posted: 09/01/2014 2:44 a.m. Comment 1

The way to afford it

Guest writer: Teacher, rock star

posted: 09/01/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

On August 18th I began my second year as a high school English teacher in Hope, Ark. I never envisioned that I'd live in the birthplace of a past president, but then again, I never envisioned myself becoming a teacher.

Columns: A misplaced Ebola priority

posted: 09/01/2014 2:41 a.m. Discuss

The World Health Organization is nothing if not opportunistic, impulsively jumping on every public health issue that makes the front page. And it always calls for lots more money to throw at the disease-of-the-month. The latest on the WHO's radar is the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has tallied about 1,500 cases. To address it, WHO wants more than $430 million--from governments, development banks, the private sector and in-kind contributions.

Columnists: Lower the rates--now

posted: 09/01/2014 2:41 a.m. Comments 14

The Obama administration is highly exercised about "inversion," the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.

Editorials: Thinking about working

posted: 09/01/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

LABOR tends to be more celebrated than practiced. It is no accident that work should be honored by a day off, or that the defenders of labor would attempt to raise its value by limiting its practice.

Column One: A labor of love

posted: 08/31/2014 2:07 a.m. Comment 1

On this Labor Day weekend, like most Americans, I come to praise labor, not indulge in it. Has there ever been a people that speechified more about the joys and satisfactions of work and the work ethic, yet was so enamored of labor-saving devices?


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