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Letters

posted: 08/30/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Minds are their own

A lamentable situation

posted: 08/30/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

The news of the day often delivers stories that sadden us.

Guest writer: A global impact

posted: 08/30/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Recently, Sen. Mark Pryor joined me in visiting a steel mill I used to manage here in Magnolia, but this visit was more than a photo-op during a re-election campaign. He was there to see firsthand the toll an international trade dispute with Turkey and Mexico has taken on the Commercial Metals Company (CMC) mill and the hardworking steelmakers who work there.

Columnists: The Wilderness Act at 50

posted: 08/30/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. As a conservation photographer and writer, I can think of few laws that are more worthy of celebration.

Columnists: An attack on black teachers

posted: 08/30/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.

Others say: Enough is enough

posted: 08/30/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

The airlines started it, this business of adding extra fees to travel, for baggage and the like. But hotels, the Associated Press reported this week, are signing on to this gouge-the-customer game.

Editorials: The hardest thing to read

posted: 08/30/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

It'll come as no surprise to Valued Reader that not every column on this page conforms with the views expressed in the editorials. See the opinions of Paul Krugman, which we regularly carry over there on the right. Or the occasional appearance of an Al Hunt column or a New York Times editorial. What a boring page it would be if every contributor to it agreed. Or if an editor chose to run only columns that mirrored his own opinions.

Editorials: Adults heard from at last

posted: 08/30/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

"This week's back-and-forth between the various sides seems to be getting a mite snippy. It shouldn't. All this is too important for snippy. Everybody ought to concentrate on the welfare and futures of these kids, not on covering their own backsides."

Letters

posted: 08/29/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

An apology is owed

Theaters as parks

posted: 08/29/2014 2:10 a.m. Comment 1

Before the age of television, movie theaters thrived in small-town Arkansas and America.

Guest writer: Voice for teachers

posted: 08/29/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Back-to-school season is upon us and another school year is taking shape. Whether you're fresh out of school, you're considering schooling options for a young student, or your oldest is graduating this year, take a moment to reflect on those inspiring educators who've helped shape your life.

Columnists: A real wedge issue

posted: 08/29/2014 2:07 a.m. Comments 3

Nothing infuriates President Barack Obama's adversaries more than his golf outings, which have become so frequent that even his sympathizers have started to mutter about the unseemly symbolism of having a commander-in-chief who practically lives on the links.

Columnists: Return of the CommuNazi

posted: 08/29/2014 2:06 a.m. Comment 1

In August 1939--75 years ago this week--Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin signed the Hitler-Stalin Pact. In the wake of the Russo-German alliance, newspaper wits coined the term "ComunNazi." Communist-Nazi. Yes, "red" and "brown" entwined as the dictatorships they were.

Others say: Start school later

posted: 08/29/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Teenagers need more sleep. They also need more time in school. A national push is now under way to address the first problem, which is encouraging--but the second one is no less important.

Editorials: Here's an easy one

posted: 08/29/2014 2:05 a.m. Comments 16

The story was all over the news. And our email. And was the subject of the usual suspects on social media. It seems somebody put an Uzi in the hands of a 9-year-old girl at a shooting range in Arizona earlier this week. When she aimed at a target and pulled the trigger, the thing recoiled over her head, kept firing rounds, and killed her "instructor."

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