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Opinion-Guest writer: Good for state

posted: 04/23/2018 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Families, small businesses, churches, and major employers in Arkansas all benefit from low-cost electricity. It is a key part of our economy and helps families to make ends meet. However, for far too long Arkansas has relied on antiquated, inefficient coal power plants to help keep the lights on. The largest and dirtiest power plants in our state were built in the 1970s and 1980s; these plants burn fuel that comes from coal mines in Wyoming.

Letters

posted: 04/23/2018 2:14 a.m. Comments 2

Dismissive discourse

OPINION: REX NELSON: Lynching in Arkansas

posted: 04/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

It's not a pleasant subject. It was swept under the rug for decades in Arkansas. It was the taboo topic that wasn't discussed in polite company. For those reasons, Bullets and Fire: Lynching and Authority in Arkansas, 1840-1950 is one of the most important books ever published by the University of Arkansas Press.

MICHAEL POORE: Grading growth, performance at Little Rock School District

posted: 04/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

How many times have we heard "please just give us the facts"? I think the first time I ever heard this phrase would have been when watching the old Dragnet series. Can't you just hear Joe Friday state, "Just the facts, ma'am!"

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Griffen tests limits again

posted: 04/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

There lay Wendell Griffen where he famously had lain the year before, a gloriously free man in a surely pointless spectacle.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: A dentist speaks

posted: 04/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

My column last week on the disgraceful practice of Parkin police handing out expensive "inattentive driving" citations like Halloween candy to victimized motorists along U.S. 64 rang alarm bells statewide, including one from a Memphis dentist raised in nearby Wynne.

Opinion-Column One: PAUL GREENBERG: The saints next door

posted: 04/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

In a document made public the other day by the Vatican, the Pope called on his flock the world over to live holy lives whatever their weekday occupations. He referred to the "saints next door" whose lives may please God more than those of high ecclesiastical authorities like himself who interpret and enforce the rules and regulations of the Holy Mother Church. These everyday saints may go unnoticed among the rest of us, but they have a way of showing up in our dreams. Whenever we count our blessings, they may return in the form of memories. My own such memories are many and beautiful:

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Cheating yourself and others

posted: 04/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Sometimes I think about going back to law school.

Cybersecurity

posted: 04/22/2018 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Six years ago, while describing the inexorable march of progress, President Obama casually slandered one of his predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes. In Obama's telling, Hayes was a hapless Luddite who, when confronted with the newfangled telephone, muttered, "It's a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?"

Job posting is cause for concern

posted: 04/22/2018 2:13 a.m. Discuss

If Facebook is a neutral platform, as Mark Zuckerberg seemed to imply during his congressional hearings, then why has the company had a job opening posted a couple of weeks ago titled "Politics and government outreach associate manager"?

Filling the gun-research void

posted: 04/22/2018 2:12 a.m. Comments 9

The vacuum in gun violence research in America is slowly being filled by independent organizations. The latest to accept the responsibility for studying one of our most pressing public health crises is Kaiser Permanente, the giant health-care system, which recently announced a $2 million program to study how to prevent gun injuries and deaths.

Columnists: Breaking the rules in Libya

posted: 04/22/2018 2:11 a.m. Discuss

It's May 1964 in Benghazi, Libya. The Beaver has just dropped me off at Santa Fe Rig 2. It's a new location 10 miles from the new Esso port of Marsa Brega, and I'm not wasting any time hanging around the rig today. They won't even start drilling for another 24 hours, so I'm heading down to the coast to see some German fortifications left over from World War II.

Latin America's voices of reason

posted: 04/22/2018 2:10 a.m. Discuss

LIMA, Peru -- One of the things that surprised me the most at the eighth Summit of the Americas was not an issue that was on the agenda, but one that was not. Still, it loomed large in private conversations among heads of state: the fear of a U.S. trade war with China.

OPINION: Meeting of historically inclined minds

posted: 04/22/2018 2:10 a.m. Discuss

By the time you read this column I will have returned from Fort Smith, where the 77th annual conference of the Arkansas Historical Association was held during the last few days. The conference is set in a different Arkansas city each year; the border city of Fort Smith was chosen as it is commemorating its bicentennial in 2018.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 04/22/2018 2:08 a.m. Discuss

1. I’VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU by Mary Higgins Clark. A high school guidance counselor tries to uncover the identity of her sister’s murderer.

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