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posted: 07/23/2014 3:25 a.m. Comment 1

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Call and response : Tackling R words

posted: 07/23/2014 3:25 a.m. Comment 1

The unseasonably cool weather at the end of last week was refreshing and welcome, but it gave me a bit of writer's block.

Columnists: Another anniversary

posted: 07/23/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss

It was, after all, only a boot-crunching dust. You wouldn't think the sight would affect so many or change so much.

Column: The beauty of blight

posted: 07/23/2014 3:23 a.m. Comments 7

It's not every day that the New York Times blog devoted to photography--it's called Lens--runs a piece about Pine Bluff, Ark. (pop. 47,000).

Others say: Is that all?

posted: 07/23/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Last week, the Department of Justice announced a $7 billion settlement with Citigroup, the nation's third-largest bank, over a federal investigation into the bank's handling of mortgage-backed securities. But don't applaud.

Editorial: He won't be missed

posted: 07/23/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Not that you might have noticed, but Alex Reed is no longer in the Arkansas secretary of state's office. He's resigned as "internal communications manager," though exactly what his presence there communicated remains a mystery to us. A political operative who's flitted from job to job before leaving in the wake of a fresh scandal, Mr. Reed hasn't compiled a résumé so much as a list of embarrassments. Mr. Reed is now leaving the secretary of state's office not quite three months after he resigned from Pulaski County's election commission after it was revealed he'd been listed as campaign treasurer for a Republican candidate, which would have made him ineligible to serve as a commissioner.

Editorials: Out of a job

posted: 07/23/2014 3:20 a.m. Comments 8

Almost every week now the papers come out with another reason to oppose raising the minimum wage in Arkansas.

Editorials: Small potatoes, this

posted: 07/22/2014 3:19 a.m. Discuss

So the folks who "oversee" the lottery in Arkansas have given its director a 2-percent bonus. Talk about misnomers, they call it a Merit Bonus--even though the lottery's take has fallen for two years straight. Our considered editorial opinion on the whole matter: Ho-hum.

Columnists: The fiscal fizzle

posted: 07/22/2014 3:18 a.m. Comments 3

For much of the past five years, readers of the political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most important issues facing America. Serious people constantly issued dire warnings that the United States risked turning into another Greece any day now.

Others say: Israel's war in Gaza

posted: 07/22/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

After 10 days of aerial bombardment, Israel sent tanks and ground troops into Gaza to keep Hamas from pummeling Israeli cities with rockets and carrying out terrorist attacks via underground tunnels.

Columnists: Hamas not only one to blame

posted: 07/22/2014 3:16 a.m. Comments 4

JERUSALEM As Hamas fires rockets at Israeli cities and Israel follows up its extensive airstrikes with a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, the most immediate cause of this latest war has been ignored: Israel and much of the international community placed a prohibitive set of obstacles in the way of the Palestinian "national consensus" government that was formed in early June.

Cotton vs. Pryor: A quick recap

posted: 07/22/2014 3:16 a.m. Comments 3

Allow me to catch you up on the big U.S. Senate race.

Vitamins and groundwater

posted: 07/22/2014 3:15 a.m. Comment 1

Dr. John Van Brahana, the widely respected professor emeritus and specialist in hydrology from the University of Arkansas, must be taking mega-vitamins.


posted: 07/22/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Should be separated If there have already been letters to the editor concerning this subject, then I apologize for being repetitive.

The president isn't a king

posted: 07/21/2014 2:07 a.m. Comments 47

President Barack Obama reacted to the unanimous Supreme Court decision that he had acted unconstitutionally in making recess appointments by brazenly promising more of the same.


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