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Editorial: A voice for America

posted: 07/21/2016 3:09 a.m. Comment 1

After his address at the Republican national convention in Cleveland on Monday, it would be inaccurate to declare that a star is born, because it's been clear for some time that Tom Cotton's performance has been stellar all along. Whether he was at Harvard, with the military, or in the U.S. Senate, he's taken stands no one else might dare--and backed them up with a courage that springs from conviction.

Columnists: Another dumb idea

posted: 07/21/2016 3:08 a.m. Comments 5

If there were a contest for the most stupid idea in politics, my choice would be the assumption that people would be evenly or randomly distributed in incomes, institutions, occupations or awards, in the absence of somebody doing somebody wrong.

Editorial: Watch out

posted: 07/21/2016 3:05 a.m. Comment 1

A justice of the U.S. Supreme Court has been sharing her political opinions far and wide of late, but that's scarcely new. Her Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn't nuts, just honest. And she's been that way for years. It can be illuminating, having a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court tell us just what she thinks and letting propriety take the hindmost. By now she's had second and more respectable thoughts. ("On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them. Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.") The candidate in question was Donald Trump, and her badmouthing him only made him--The Donald!--look like the soul of discretion compared to her. Quite a feat.

Columnists: Ask what you can do for ...

posted: 07/21/2016 3:05 a.m. Comment 1

If there's one thing we learned from the first day of the Republican National Convention it's that we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

Guest writer: Step back in time

posted: 07/21/2016 3:04 a.m. Discuss

"I had spent four years propped up on the front porch of the fraternity house, bemused and dreaming, watching the sun shine through the Spanish moss, lost in the mystery of finding myself alive at such a time and place."

Letters

posted: 07/21/2016 3:02 a.m. Discuss

People who back blue

REX NELSON: A congressman's pearl

posted: 07/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Ed Bethune, who served the 2nd District of Arkansas in Congress from 1979-85, remembers well the summer of 1967 in Newark, N.J., when race riots left 26 people dead and hundreds injured. Bethune, an FBI agent from 1964-68, was stationed in Newark that summer. It was an eye-opening experience for someone from Arkansas.

Editorial: Why let death win?

posted: 07/20/2016 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' governor is now rushing to execute inmates on Death Row before the shelf-life of a drug runs out. It's one of the drugs--potassium chloride--used to put a prisoner to death. Why the rush to fatal judgment? Can this be the same Asa Hutchinson who once patiently waited out a besieged bunch of crazies till they left their fortress peacefully and, most important, alive?

Column: One man against the mob

posted: 07/20/2016 3:21 a.m. Comment 1

His name was Sam Levine, and old-timers in Arkansas politics--or just history buffs--will remember him as one of the few voices of reason in this state's legislature back when Orval Faubus' will was law. Back then massive resistance was the order of the day--well, the cry of the day. It was a time when a "statesman" like J. William Fulbright would leave the state or even the country to avoid the whole issue. And when Senator Fulbright did return, it was only to help frame the notorious Southern Manifesto.

Editorial: Turkey's ordeal

posted: 07/20/2016 3:19 a.m. Discuss

The first news bulletins raised the wildest hopes: In a once familiar pattern, Turkey's military would again step forward to make that country part of the West, complete with free elections and the rule of law. Back when the Ottomans ruled, Turkey was known as the Sick Man of Europe, but now it would become a healthy democracy again. Its reigning sultan these days, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had long been saying that a military coup was in the offing, which was his excuse for continuing to tighten his grip on power.

Others say: Can't bankrupt the country

posted: 07/20/2016 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Donald Trump promises to run the country the way he has run his businesses. Recent reporting on Trump's financial dealings makes that promise sound more like a threat.

Columnists: Michelle Obama's lovely speech

posted: 07/20/2016 3:17 a.m. Comments 4

There were so many highlights of the first day of the Republican National Convention, I don't know where to start.

A fine crop this year

posted: 07/20/2016 3:16 a.m. Comments 15

Usually, Sundays on my blog are reserved for lighthearted things (that's really the reasoning behind the blog's name, Serenity is a Fuzzy Belly). This Sunday, though, I just couldn't do it.

Letters

posted: 07/20/2016 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Not parroting Trump

JOHN BRUMMETT: Words to heed

posted: 07/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 29

As we struggle for words, perhaps we could cling with wounded hearts to those of Montrell Jackson.

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