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How to grow a city

posted: 05/24/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

It's no secret that every town in Arkansas is trying to grow. To grow equals adding jobs. Jobs trump everything. The premise to grow, grow and continue to grow permeates not only Arkansas society but flourishes nationwide. If you aren't for growth you are considered, well, un-American.

Seeing things we can't quite apprehend

posted: 05/24/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

"The aim of art is not to copy nature, but to express it. You are not a servile copyist, but a poet!"

Why run if you can't win?

posted: 05/24/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Anchor breaks core rule of journalism

posted: 05/24/2015 1:54 a.m. Comment 1

There's an old saying in journalism, at least among the pure of heart: You can't sleep with the elephant if you are covering the circus.

Elimination of passwords is in the works

posted: 05/24/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Recently, Google's email service Gmail made a tiny change to its log-in procedure. A first screen asks for a username and leads to a separate screen asking for a password. It's a sign of big things to come.

Guest column: The school choice majority

posted: 05/24/2015 1:53 a.m. Comment 1

Last month Arkansas became the 25th state to enact a school choice program. The idea allows students to attend non-public independent schools using tax credits or vouchers. Nevada, Montana and Tennessee lawmakers followed suit, making school choice the law in a majority of states, a development once considered inconceivable. Therein lies a lesson for the center-right and a cautionary tale for liberal obstructionists.

Cable news is losing viewers

posted: 05/24/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

There's supposed to be an ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." Even if it's not ancient or Chinese, it captures a certain truth. World War II was riveting. The Black Death was so fascinating that no one could talk about anything else. On the other hand, GDP growing 3.5 percent and everyone raising contented families in spacious, airy homes with swell schools? Yawn.

Our country's long-crumbling infrastructure

posted: 05/24/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

When a bridge falls, when a water main fails, or when a train crashes, news crews and commentators report on the sorry state of our nation's infrastructure. Policymakers on both sides of the aisle say we need to do something to fix our roads and rails, our ports and pipes. This flurry of activity lasts for a few days, but then little to nothing happens.

Guest column: Meaning and memories of The Field

posted: 05/24/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

My brother and I grew up in a small town in the east Arkansas Delta in the '40s and '50s. We lived on Division Street. It was a great time and place to live if you were a kid. Our small frame rent house was in the last block of South Division before it passed under the railroad tracks and entered the African American community.


posted: 05/24/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Fiction 1. 14TH DEADLY SIN, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. A video of a shocking crime surfaces, casting suspicion on a San Francisco detective's colleagues.

Editorials: The newest Nixon

posted: 05/24/2015 1:49 a.m. Comments 8

Call her Hillary Rodham Nixon, for there are times when she seems to have learned the old master's routines line by line, evasion by evasion. Remember when Tricky Dick used to say, "I want to say this about that" before saying pretty much nothing about everything, or claiming he'd explained all that before, or just changing the embarrassing subject, or all of the above?

Columnists: Scrappy Marengo Joe

posted: 05/24/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

After discussing last week the debut of prize fighting in Arkansas in 1872, I am continuing the story with an emphasis on a fascinating early boxing promoter known as Marengo Joe, who makes Don King seem like a well-coiffed Sunday school teacher.

Columnists: A turning point in Syria?

posted: 05/24/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Islamic State has just taken the city of Palmyra in Syria, putting at risk its magnificent ruins and raising two questions: Why did the government and its military not fight harder to hold the town and its oil fields? And will the Islamist radicals now engage in an orgy of cultural destruction as they have done in Iraq?

An honorable act

posted: 05/24/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

The noblest effort I've seen thus far in the Washington County bridge-building fiasco came the other day when Dan Short chose to relinquish the appointed position he's held more than six years as the county judge's chief of staff.

A sick feeling

posted: 05/24/2015 1:47 a.m. Comments 2

The most telling remark during the legislative panel discussion Wednesday at the state rural development conference came from under the breath of state Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock, liberal lioness of Arkansas.


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