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posted: 06/27/2016 2:30 a.m. Comments 4

Our rights in danger

Middle-class pain

posted: 06/26/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Michelle Henderson carries $130,000 in student debt even though she's never attended a single college class. The 49-year-old Illinois mother and design showroom manager footed the bulk of her daughter's four years of college because "as a parent you want to make them happy, you want to support their wishes, hopes, dreams."

COLUMN ONE: The big losers

posted: 06/26/2016 2:06 a.m. Comments 10

The competition for a place on the dishonor roll of bad ideas, past and present, is fierce. But here goes:

The long-awaited Republican health-care plan

posted: 06/26/2016 2:05 a.m. Comments 2

For six years, Republicans in Congress have promised that very, very soon they'd release their plan to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Just you wait, they said back in 2010, when we put out our plan America will see how terrific our health-care ideas are.

A bumpy FAA landing

posted: 06/26/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

The Federal Aviation Administration does something excellent and then it turns on itself, on responsibility, on honesty, on fairness, on passenger service, maybe even on safety in the air. It reverses course on saying to people wanting to be air traffic controllers that they're first required to have military experience or college education in the field. It says something else is needed--a balderdash test.

The promised arrival of artificial intelligence

posted: 06/26/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

We have been hearing predictions for decades of a takeover of the world by artificial intelligence. In 1957, Herbert A. Simon predicted that within 10 years a digital computer would be the world's chess champion. That didn't happen until 1996. And despite Marvin Minsky's 1970 prediction that "in from three to eight years we will have a machine with the general intelligence of an average human being," we still consider that a feat of science fiction.

How to make nutritional labels effective

posted: 06/26/2016 2:03 a.m. Discuss

The Food and Drug Administration recently unveiled significant changes to nutritional labels. After a hard-fought battle, the new labels will give consumers greater insight into how much added sugar is hidden in the food we eat. Calories will be displayed more prominently and serving sizes will better reflect actual portion sizes. Public health advocates, consumer groups and the FDA have touted these new requirements as essential to combating America’s obesity epidemic.

Ways to get more Americans to vote

posted: 06/26/2016 2 a.m. Discuss

West Virginia is starting an experiment that may fundamentally alter how Americans vote. By implementing a policy with the innocuous name of "automatic voter registration," the state is using modern behavioral science to make it easier for residents to be good citizens.

Use care when visiting national parks

posted: 06/26/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

We forget, in our air-conditioned containerized world, that nature is dangerous.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 06/26/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

1. END OF WATCH by Stephen King. The conclusion of the Bill Hodges trilogy.

Explaining the terrorist watch list

posted: 06/26/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

In the aftermath of the Orlando, Fla., terrorist attack, the fact that Omar Mateen was twice investigated by the FBI has many wondering why he was allowed to purchase firearms and why the FBI wasn't aware of his plans for terror. Here are details about America's terror watch lists and what they do.

Columnists: Today offers reasons to celebrate

posted: 06/26/2016 1:58 a.m. Comments 2

A year ago, the Supreme Court ruled gay Americans had the right to marry in every state in the country. On June 26, 2013, the same court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. On June 26, 2003, the court ruled that same-sex consensual activity between adults should be legal in every state.

Editorial: The so-so compromise

posted: 06/26/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

It can't be called a Great Compromise. There's nothing in the bill about expanding background checks for those who want to buy guns. There's nothing in the bill to close loopholes when somebody wants to buy an AR-15 in the parking lot of a gun show. There's nothing in the bill that would use technology (read: trigger locks, etc.) to keep the bad guys from using guns in a bad way.

Columnists: A decade of progress

posted: 06/26/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

It was a tremendous pleasure to attend a party recently to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launching of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. As I think back to the spring of 2003, when planning began on the encyclopedia, I am reminded of the daunting nature of our goal: to develop from scratch an encyclopedia covering the entirety of Arkansas history and culture. It was the right time.

Others say: Delegates can save party

posted: 06/26/2016 1:54 a.m. Comments 8

In March, it looked entirely possible that none of the Republican presidential candidates would arrive at the July convention with the nomination in hand. A contested convention loomed, and Donald Trump’s team knew it could be a fierce fight.

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