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posted: 03/26/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

1. DANGEROUS GAMES by Danielle Steel. A television correspondent investigates damning allegations against the vice president of the United States.

'Now more than ever' needs to go

posted: 03/26/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

In June 1972, Republican pollster Robert M. Teeter commissioned two focus groups of ticket-splitting middle-income 35-and-older Detroit voters without college degrees to test campaign slogans for Richard M. Nixon. Nixon's team wondered if one of the slogans under consideration was too sophisticated, but Teeter disagreed. In a memo to White House Chief of staff H.R. Haldemann, he explained that "the slogan had a certain emotional appeal which the other slogans did not possess," and it looked good on a bumper sticker. So it became official: President Nixon. Now more than ever.

The sorry state of American poverty

posted: 03/26/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

A year and a half ago, renowned travel writer Paul Theroux wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times--based on his then-new book Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads--that raised a lot of hackles. Some objected to Theroux's views on manufacturing jobs and globalization, which we would now call Trumpian. Then there was this assertion:

OPINION: Gorsuch and the primacy of common sense

posted: 03/26/2017 1:54 a.m. Comments 3

I'm an originalist and a textualist, not a nut.

OPINION — Editorial : One star recruits

posted: 03/26/2017 1:53 a.m. Comment 1

Unseemly is a word for it. So is undignified. Another word could be, as we sometimes say in these latitudes, ugly. Not ugly in appearance, but ugly as in indecorous. As in, "The man in the store was ugly to me."

OPINION: Detailed travel accounts

posted: 03/26/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

The history of travel has always intrigued me. Recently friends sent me two interesting accounts which provide background on Arkansas travel history. Bill Sayger of Brasfield in Prairie County gave me a 1922 article in which Bob Wilder recalled his long association with the Memphis & Little Rock Railroad. Harold Coogan of Mena shared a 1920 article about an 80-mile trip through the Ouachita Mountains from the Hot Springs area to Mena. Both accounts remind us that our ancestors faced many challenges while traveling about the Natural State.

OPINION : Dems’ nasty problem

posted: 03/26/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Neil Gorsuch will have the support of all 52 Senate Republicans for confirmation to the Supreme Court. He also could win the votes of a half-dozen or so Democrats, and therein lies a problem for that party.

OPINION — Editorial : Confirm Neil Gorsuch

posted: 03/26/2017 1:52 a.m. Comments 3

A memorable moment of calm enveloped Donald Trump’s chaotic, confrontational presidency on Jan. 31 when he introduced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee. Gorsuch appeared so learned and earnest compared to the peripatetic Trump that you had to wonder if someone had mixed up the dance cards.

OPINION: In search of perfection

posted: 03/26/2017 1:51 a.m. Comment 1

Some may search for diamonds while others hunt for gold. Gary Garrison's life quest today seeks frozen treasures in plastic molds.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: A splash, but not much

posted: 03/26/2017 1:51 a.m. Comments 5

I'd relay to you everything U.S. Sen. John Boozman told me about the health-care issue Wednesday, except that the publisher and I would be left with about 20 inches of white space.


posted: 03/26/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Parties lack courage

OPINION — Editorial: The wrong fight

posted: 03/25/2017 2:37 a.m. Comments 3

"One can't believe impossible things."

OPINION: Scammers and scammed

posted: 03/25/2017 2:36 a.m. Comments 4

Many people are horrified, and rightly so, by what passes for leadership in today's Washington. And it's important to keep the horror of our political situation up front, to keep highlighting the lies, the cruelty, the bad judgment. We must never normalize the state we're in.

OPINION — Editorial : Sailing toward confirmation

posted: 03/25/2017 2:34 a.m. Comment 1

It appears likely that appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch is going to be the replacement for the late Antonin Scalia. Democrats have to oppose him in the confirmation hearings--their base will accept no less--but their hearts really aren't in it. There appears to be no scandal or hidden secrets attached to the man, and his large body of judicial opinions contains nothing outrageous.

OPINION : Truth taking a beating

posted: 03/25/2017 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Some days, it feels as though I have consumed some hallucinogenic mushrooms that are never going to wear off. The novelty is all gone from the tangerine trees and marmalade skies.






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