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What's in a word

posted: 08/03/2015 3:55 a.m. Comments 9

The most crucial test of the real-world viability of socialism ended in dismal failure when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Nearly a quarter-century later, the candidate stirring up the most excitement in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist.


posted: 08/03/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

There is an old saying that goes, "All I need to know I read in the funny papers."

Editorial: Doubting Thomas

posted: 08/02/2015 3:23 a.m. Comments 6

It was big news the other day when the Supreme Court of the United States recognized the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry.

Editorial: Kids these days

posted: 08/02/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Reading through last Sunday's sports section, you might have noticed all the young, smiling faces as the paper's staff put together the All-Academic Team from around the state.

Columnists: Views of Reconstruction

posted: 08/02/2015 3:12 a.m. Comment 1

This week I continue to look at the period following the Civil War known as Reconstruction. Last week I presented a defense of Reconstruction, though noting that it offered far more than it accomplished.

Columnists: Who's downstairs?

posted: 08/02/2015 3:08 a.m. Discuss

How much do millennials love their parents? Do they enjoy basements? These are not questions that a new Pew Research Center report seeks to answer. But it may shed some light on millennials nonetheless.

What’s become of Mike Huckabee?

posted: 08/02/2015 3:04 a.m. Comments 3

Once there was a Mike Huckabee who, as the governor of Arkansas, was pretty darn progressive on education, who expanded Medicaid for children, who raised taxes and was way, way ahead of the curve on criminal justice reform.

Column One: The age of the supersized

posted: 08/02/2015 2:58 a.m. Comments 13

Bigger is better. It’s the mantra of our times, whether we’re talking about skyscrapers, superstores, fast food, all-you-can-eat buffets, lottery jackpots, the national debt, presidential campaign kitties, The Donald’s impressive mane . . .

The cost of convicting the innocent

posted: 08/02/2015 2:48 a.m. Discuss

I edit the National Registry of Exonerations, which compiles stories and data about people who were convicted of crimes in the United States and later exonerated. The cases are fascinating and important, but so many of them are stories of destruction and defeat.

Where are the young voters?

posted: 08/02/2015 2:48 a.m. Discuss

In addition to being considered the laziest, most narcissistic and most entitled generation ever, millennials have claimed for themselves yet another generational superlative: least likely to vote.

Where does human dignity come from?

posted: 08/02/2015 2:48 a.m. Comment 1

A few weeks ago, I told you on BreakPoint that the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage, had placed our culture on a well-greased slope. All that was lacking, I said, was for someone to give it a push.


posted: 08/02/2015 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Fiction 1. GO SET A WATCHMAN, by Harper Lee. In the mid-1950s, a grown-up Jean Louise Finch returns home to Macomb to find that her adored father is not as perfect as she believed.

Private is public

posted: 08/02/2015 2:47 a.m. Discuss

It did this ol’ heart good to see Dan Holtmeyer’s story the other day about how all members of the Washington County Quorum Court and County Judge Marilyn Edwards had been asked under the Freedom of Information Act for all their emails, texts and voicemails shared among them in this most recent term.

No politician-as-usual

posted: 08/02/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 3

Bloomberg Politics assembled a dozen admitted Donald Trump supporters in New Hampshire last week for a focus group discussion.


posted: 08/02/2015 2:45 a.m. Comments 3

A wee bit hypocritical Mike Masterson has on many occasions written about the pig farm in Northwest Arkansas, trying to get it regulated out of business, but in a recent column he ridiculed the very government that would pass such regulation. You can’t have it both ways, Mike. Or do you think that you are only one who knows what should or should not be regulated?




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