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Editorial: A pattern emerges

posted: 08/24/2016 2:57 a.m. Discuss

There's a big difference between the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Family Foundation, or at least we're told. Who says words don't mean anything? Like somebody, maybe Mark Twain, once said, a word can mean the difference between a lightning bug and lightning.

Column: A short story a day

posted: 08/24/2016 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Have you noticed? There's a classic American short story every day in the paper. It can be found in the small type of the classified ads under the Personals, and its author could be a combination of Miss Lonelyhearts, Flannery O'Connor and one of today's evangelists seeking to spread the Word. Why? For love or money or maybe a mix of both.

Editorial: Coincidence?

posted: 08/24/2016 2:55 a.m. Discuss

One by one Vladimir Putin's critics keep dropping dead, officially from natural causes. Among its recent targets is Vladimir Kara-Murza, a leader of the Russian opposition. He'd been urging American lawmakers to expand economic sanctions against the Russian regime under the Magnitsky Act, which is named for another dissident.

Editorial: It's not all bad

posted: 08/24/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

News isn't always the bad kind. Sometimes it can be about healing and reconciliation, complete with pictures. In the case of two veterans of the Vietnam War and ordeal--one Vietnamese, the other Australian--on the 50th anniversary of a bloody battle in that terrible struggle. ("Vietnam allows veterans' visit/ Shift lets Australians mark worst battle's 50th anniversary"--Page 8A, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Aug. 19.) The visit was low-key, but the good news was that it been allowed to take place at all. Read it and take heart, Gentle Reader.

Columnists: The joke's on us

posted: 08/24/2016 2:53 a.m. Discuss

In an interview with Bill O'Reilly in which Donald Trump responded to reports that he's backing off his vow of mass deportations--a promise he's made many times--Trump basically admitted the whole story he's been telling about immigration for the last year is a big scam.

Grammar gripes

posted: 08/24/2016 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Two things generally happen when I write about grammar: I get a lot of people applauding me for tackling it, and I'm called out for my own imperfect grammar. This time, it was because I used the phrase "refer back" in my column on "me" and "I" misuse.

Bigger or sweeter?

posted: 08/24/2016 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Hope and Cave City held dueling watermelon festivals on the same weekend again this year. Hope has the older watermelon tradition, but Cave City has been making a strong push in recent years to capture the hearts of Arkansans. For most of the summer, I've noticed a truck parked along Cantrell Road in Little Rock with a sign proclaiming "Cave City watermelons."


posted: 08/24/2016 2:50 a.m. Discuss

I've heard this before

JOHN BRUMMETT: Where we go from here after Wade Naramore verdict

posted: 08/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 15

Wade Naramore's case exposed the best and worst of American culture, politics and law.

MIKE MASTERSON: Finding Naramore innocent was right decision

posted: 08/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

The jury took two hours Friday to finally decide Garland County Circuit Judge Wade Naramore was innocent of the charge of negligent homicide in the death of his 17-month-old inside the family's superheated Toyota Avalon on July 24, 2015.

Justice, meet Mercy

posted: 08/23/2016 2:53 a.m. Discuss

This editorial is dedicated in loving memory to Thomas Naramore, 17 months old. His ordeal is over and so is the criminal prosecution of his father that followed his sad death. For this was a trial in more than one sense of the word: not only by law but by public opinion.

Columnists: Just there to ask the questions

posted: 08/23/2016 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Working in journalism isn't a hard job like running a tree saw or comforting a dying child. It's not that different from the sort of jobs a lot of people have. There's nothing especially noble about it and it doesn't require extraordinary talent or skill. That's why journalists--real journalists, not TV ranters--aren't paid particularly well.

Editorial: Another child

posted: 08/23/2016 2:51 a.m. Comments 2

Another image of a child made international news the same week as the Naramore trial did locally. It came from Aleppo in Syria, where 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, caked with dust and blood, was pulled from the rubble left behind after an airstrike by Russian planes, or maybe by their Syrian allies trying to stave off rebel forces still trying to overthrow Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship. Does it matter? Not so much as the life of one child.

Others say: Look out!

posted: 08/23/2016 2:51 a.m. Discuss

This summer, city sidewalks are clotted with people gazing in store windows, dodging bikers and skateboarders, and . . . bumping into each other. Or colliding with lampposts. Or tripping over curbs. Or wandering into crosswalks against the light. Or, in one case we witnessed, stumbling over a startled beagle's rump, mid-tail-wag.


posted: 08/23/2016 2:47 a.m. Discuss

New Jersey beautiful




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