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OPINION : MIKE MASTERSON: Failing the Preamble

posted: 02/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Those who attended public schools during the 1950s will remember having to memorize the Preamble to our Constitution. Written in 1787, this opening paragraph expressed the framers' intentions in establishing the Constitution, while expressing expectations for how the United States should function as a democratic republic.

OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: Russian dressing on side

posted: 02/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 13

Many readers have been irritated by my recurring reference to Donald Trump as the preposterous second-place president.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: A president, not a king

posted: 02/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

About 10 o'clock I bade adieu to Mount Vernon, to private life, and to domestic felicity, and with a mind oppressed with more anxious and painful sensations than I have words to express, set out for New York ... with the best dispositions to render service to my country in obedience to its call , but with less hope of answering its expectations.

OPINION — Editorial: Econ 101

posted: 02/20/2018 2:20 a.m. Discuss

It's one of the first lessons a student of economics learns, or certainly should: If you want less of something, tax it. And if you would like to eliminate it entirely, tax it to death.

OPINION — Editorial : A few more miles to go

posted: 02/20/2018 2:19 a.m. Discuss

The rain falling on central Arkansas Saturday morning was relentless. And chilly. A workout enthusiast we know watched a sizable group of runners trot past the window of the gym where she was doing the same thing on a treadmill, minus the rain. Those runners looked pretty miserable.

OPINION — Editorial : Stay outraged

posted: 02/20/2018 2:18 a.m. Discuss

The former student charged with stalking and killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., wasn't a terrorist. From what we know now, he wasn't out to terrorize the population as a way of advancing a cause. He evidently was a disturbed misfit who'd been expelled from the school, who legally bought a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, who set off the fire alarm so students would come out of classrooms.

OPINION : Students as agents of change

posted: 02/20/2018 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Telegenic and media-savvy is one way to describe David Hogg, a senior at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But maybe a better way is this: Change agent.

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posted: 02/20/2018 2:15 a.m. Comment 1

Educating our young

OPINION : BRADLEY R. GITZ: The party crack-up

posted: 02/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 17

American politics is being pushed to the brink by Donald Trump's persistently unpresidential behavior and the hysterical reaction to that behavior (and to his presidency in general) on the part of the "resistance."

OPINION — Editorial : Uninvited guests

posted: 02/19/2018 2:14 a.m. Comment 1

In the unlikely event that readers of Arkansas' Newspaper may not have noticed, this country has developed a three-party system. For in addition to the usual Democrats and Republicans, there are the Russians, who even now are trying to horn in on this country's mid-term elections.

OPINION — Editorial : Public health notice

posted: 02/19/2018 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Despite the state's best efforts, at last report 15 more Arkansans have been claimed by the deadliest outbreak of influenza in a couple of decades. That was the word last week from Dirk Haselow, the state's official epidemiologist, though his vocabulary is more scientific than the Arkansas vernacular. "In my history at the [state] Health Department," he recalled, "I've never seen a season dominated by Influenza B, or that switched from one strain to another" the way this virus does. Which means someone infected with one variety of the bug could still be laid low by another during this same deadly season.

OPINION — Editorial : Need more baseball nets

posted: 02/19/2018 2:13 a.m. Discuss

It happens in the blink of an eye: A pitch arrives at the plate, the batter swings and a baseball or a bat rockets into the stands. In most cases, there is no harm beyond a few spilled nachos. But sometimes a fan fails to get out of the way, with grim consequences.

OPINION : Justice or rock star?

posted: 02/19/2018 2:13 a.m. Comments 2

Maybe, just maybe, the left should tone it down with the worship of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—aka “Notorious R.B.G.”

OPINION : Run, Mitt, run

posted: 02/19/2018 2:12 a.m. Discuss

With a sleek video extolling his role in saving the Olympics and his preference for Utah as a model for the country, Mitt Romney announced his run for the Senate. He didn't mention President Donald Trump, and according to news reports, does not intend to run a specifically anti-Trump campaign.

OPINION - Guest writer: Misplaced faith

posted: 02/19/2018 2:12 a.m. Discuss

I will never forget a particular spring day in 1981, back before everyone was connected to media and social media 24/7. After spending all morning in the library, I walked to my office at the University of Minnesota, where I studied in the political science doctoral program.

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