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Editorial: Slightly unprepared

posted: 09/04/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Common Core is getting less and less common all the time. And that's a shame. Back in 2010, the United States secretary of education, the esteemed Arne Duncan, announced that Common Core and its tests would "help put an end to the insidious practice of establishing 50 different goalposts for educational success."

Steps to stopping The Donald

posted: 09/04/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Every major Republican presidential campaign and every allied super PAC confronts the same question at their morning strategy meetings: What do you do with a problem like Donald Trump?

Others say: Egypt's media crackdown

posted: 09/04/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

In sentencing three Al-Jazeera television journalists to three years in prison for crimes that look suspiciously like committing journalism, an Egyptian court has ruled in direct contradiction to international human rights and press freedoms. That an American ally--and the recipient of $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid--perpetrates such outrages makes the circumstances even more appalling.

Columnists: Watch jobs data today

posted: 09/04/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Federal Reserve officials could be in a jam as they prepare for their Sept. 15-16 policy meeting: The growing divergence between the relatively healthy U.S. economy and the turbulence elsewhere is complicating their deliberations over whether to begin a rate-raising campaign immediately or delay any action until December or beyond.

Guest writer: Chugging upward

posted: 09/04/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

After reading about the 46 Arkansas schools earning the bottom 5 percent tag, it is important to explain why the middle school of Little Rock Preparatory Academy (LRPA) made the list.

Visiting America

posted: 09/04/2015 3:12 a.m. Comment 1

Visiting foreigners always bring a different perspective.

Letters

posted: 09/04/2015 3:12 a.m. Comments 2

Wouldn't be improper It's probably not something a lot of readers want to hear, but a statue of Baphomet might not be entirely out of place on the state Capitol grounds. Not if true history were being told.

Editorial: Suffer even more children

posted: 09/03/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

This is all occurring with some regularity. The latest story said this time it's an appeals court that has decided to keep kids from transferring to better schools. Apparently a handful of school districts in Arkansas have company in keeping kids right where they are. Judicial company.

Columnists: How about a real debate?

posted: 09/03/2015 3:03 a.m. Comment 1

CNN is already airing ads promoting its Sept. 16 Republican presidential debate with an audience-building hype that falls somewhere between reality TV and political cage fighting.

Editorial: The primacy of ethics

posted: 09/03/2015 3:03 a.m. Comment 1

Call it another instance of the barbarism of specialization. That phrase and diagnosis was coined by Jose Ortega y Gasset in another century, but he could already see modernity beginning to undermine the classical ethical standards. No matter how good a professional might be in his technical field, he warned, it would all come to naught if he were culturally narrow and ethically ignorant.

Others say: The bargain shopper

posted: 09/03/2015 3:02 a.m. Comment 1

Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley made his name as a champion of liberal causes, but who knew he was also adept at scoring bargain-basement deals on personal household furniture--at taxpayers' expense?

Columnists: The lesson of hamburgers

posted: 09/03/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

With apologies to John Lennon, can't we please give peace a chance--but hold the onions?

Guest writer: Price of freedom

posted: 09/03/2015 3 a.m. Comments 3

Jonesboro, Columbine, Newtown, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Charleston, Aurora, Lafayette, Chattanooga, Tucson, Roanoke ... the list goes on and gets longer.

Ripe for a nut

posted: 09/03/2015 2:59 a.m. Comments 15

Editor's note: This column originally ran online-only Wednesday.

Letters

posted: 09/03/2015 2:58 a.m. Comments 3

Should encourage it Recently, a decision was made in a lower court which resulted in a conviction against an individual for a violation of the open carry of a firearm. Perhaps this will be overturned in a higher court or perhaps not. In being prudent, simply look at the issue on a world scale.

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