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OPINION- Column One: PAUL GREENBERG: Take me out to the ballgame

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Organ music belongs in great cathedrals. And what better or older American cathedral than a minor-league ballpark like the one in North Little Rock, Ark., with its little retro bandbox of a ballfield? That's where the Arkansas Travelers take on all comers in the AA Texas League to musical accompaniment provided by 29-year-old Trey Trimble, who takes the crowd back to an older, more innocent time.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: It happened again

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Can so many adults really that inattentive and irresponsible?

OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: A message that connects

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

The state Democratic Party's executive committee invited me Saturday to talk about state politics for 2018. I'd never delivered a pre-emptive eulogy before.

OPINION: REX NELSON: 'Legislative crack'

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

There was no discussion, no debate. It was done quickly, like swallowing medicine with a bitter aftertaste.

Conquering Washington

posted: 06/25/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Despite predictions to the contrary, gun rights in America appear not only to have survived the Obama administration, but to have thrived.

OPINION : Education by subscription

posted: 06/25/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas was among the last states in the nation to create a public school system. While many early Arkansas leaders spoke of the need for one, the state was unwilling to spend the money.

Guantanamo: a belligerent occupation

posted: 06/25/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba--The $4,085 check is delivered each year in April, addressed to the Treasurer General of the Republic of Cuba. That position ceased to exist decades ago. The Cuban government last cashed it in 1959.

Tower blocks unfit for public housing

posted: 06/25/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

The recent Grenfell Tower fire in London, in which at least 79 people are presumed dead, may have been preventable with better oversight and renovation technology. But there is a strong reason why it wasn't prevented: High-rise buildings aren't suitable for public housing (often called social housing in Britain and Europe), and wherever they are used in this way, they are a source of danger.

Flying high with emotional support

posted: 06/25/2017 2 a.m. Comment 1

In recent years, passengers are increasingly flying with emotional support animals. Usually dogs.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 06/25/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

1. CAMINO ISLAND by John Grisham. A search for stolen rare manuscripts leads to a Florida island.

Secretary Mattis, please don't leave

posted: 06/25/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Earlier this month Defense Secretary James Mattis looked the commander-in-chief, just inches from his own face, in the eye. He praised our servicemen and women, which isn't unusual, but he was ill at ease having chosen to subtly dissent.

The folly of ADA regulations

posted: 06/25/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

The Americans with Disabilities Act produced tangible benefits. Signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, the ADA banned employment discrimination against the disabled and eliminated unnecessary physical barriers to commercial and government buildings. But in the quarter-century since it was enacted, the law has also had countless unintended consequences--mutating definitions of what constitutes a physical or mental disability, senseless mandates, astronomical compliance costs for business owners and, perhaps most damaging of all, waves of abusive litigation.

OPINION : What we won't do about the police

posted: 06/25/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

It's dangerous to be a cop.

OPINION — Editorial: Abortion care?

posted: 06/25/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Remember when the debate was about Pregnancy Related Services? And the debate was fierce, with folks like Ted Kennedy in Washington pounding his desk, demanding more of it. At first, many of us wondered why. What was all the fuss about? How could anybody be against pregnancy related services? Why, that has to be something like free prenatal vitamins and maybe a government-sponsored foot rub for the lady. Of course, as slow as we are, we did eventually catch up to euphemism in this debate. Pregnancy related services meant pregnancy ending services, aka abortion on demand.

OPINION — Editorial: Warming in the classroom

posted: 06/25/2017 1:51 a.m. Comments 2

There is a bubbling controversy about how to teach “man-made global warming” in the classroom. Is it a scientific certainty about which there can be no dispute? Or is it a theory about which people with differing viewpoints can have a legitimate debate?

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