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OPINION: It's about the people

posted: 05/28/2017 1:47 a.m. Comments 11

As described to me, the Washington County Democratic Women's organization was until this year a quiet and insular society mainly comprising two to three dozen longtime true partisan believers.

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posted: 05/28/2017 1:46 a.m. Comments 3

Proud of our leader

OPINION — Editorial: How to stop time

posted: 05/27/2017 3:03 a.m. Discuss

"The past is never dead. It's not even past." William Faulkner said it about this part of the country, where the past not only is preserved like an olive in a perfect martini but is served up like tomato aspic, ready to be tasted and appreciated here and now. Which would be the effect of adding seven nondescript yet famous houses along South Park Street in Little Rock to the national historic district that already encompasses Central High School in the state's capital. The houses were part of the backdrop for the political, social, cultural and constitutional firestorm known as the Little Rock Crisis that engulfed the state and the nation in 1957. Let's save them, for if we live only for the present, what are we, and if not now, when?

OPINION: All about contempt

posted: 05/27/2017 3:02 a.m. Discuss

For journalists covering domestic policy, this past week poses some hard choices. Should we focus on the Trump budget's fraudulence--not only does it invoke $2 trillion in phony savings, it counts them twice--or on its cruelty? Or should we talk instead about the Congressional Budget Office assessment of Trumpcare, which would be devastating for older, poorer and sicker Americans?

OPINION — Editorial: Missing in action

posted: 05/27/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Seaman Herbert Renshaw fell overboard while serving in the U.S. Navy just off the coast of South Carolina during a naval patrol. He was 20 years old at the time. The accident happened on May 22.

OPINION — Editorial: Others say: Easy money, record debt

posted: 05/27/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Household debt has reached a new all-time high, and while the data do not indicate an imminent economic collapse, the debt binge cannot endure forever.

OPINION: A dangerous buzz

posted: 05/27/2017 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Last month, a 16-year-old tragically lost his life after consuming an energy drink, a soda and a latte--drinks routinely consumed by and often intensively marketed to youths. The boy's heart simply couldn't cope with the amount of caffeine in the beverages, according to the coroner.

OPINION - Guest writer: A shaken world

posted: 05/27/2017 2:58 a.m. Discuss

It all started when I noticed that my neighbor lugs two recycling bins to the curb every Tuesday; the rest of us have only one. Then I noticed the stream of UPS and FedEx trucks dropping off packages at all times of the day, and his Wi-Fi network that pops up whenever I go online, usually at night.

OPINION: Back on Bull Shoals

posted: 05/27/2017 2:58 a.m. Discuss

The sun was setting as I pulled up to Ken Reeves' boathouse on Bull Shoals Lake. Running two hours late for our 22nd weekend spring reunion, I fully expected to be ragged about my delayed arrival for our three-day reunion in Ken's floating cottage.

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posted: 05/27/2017 2:56 a.m. Comments 3

Who deserves blame

Commentary: DANA D. KELLEY: On wrongful convictions

posted: 05/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

John Grisham's books are among my favorites for summer reading. Some are better than others, of course. But in addition to having Northeast Arkansas roots, Grisham also has a lawyerly way with words and intrigue. When it's good, his storytelling of attorneys with a cause is great.

OPINION — Editorial: Pick up the flag

posted: 05/26/2017 2:53 a.m. Discuss

The old story goes that once upon a time, a Chinese woman with a permit to come to the United States landed in San Francisco, that gem of a place that Mark Twain called one of the four unique cities in America. But during her long voyage at sea, the young lady had had a child.

OPINION: How to get along

posted: 05/26/2017 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Millions of people love Apple computers and wouldn't be caught using a PC. By contrast, there are many millions of PC users who feel the same way about Apple computers. Many men like double-breasted suits, but I wouldn't be caught dead in one. Some people swear by Cadillacs, but my favorite is Mercedes-Benz.

OPINION — Editorial: Under the radar

posted: 05/26/2017 2:49 a.m. Discuss

We knew an old boy who liked to turkey hunt in south Arkansas. One night, after another tiring day of unsuccessfully calling toms, he found one of those nasty ticks on his leg, buried head-deep. As he's been doing all his life, he removed the little critter, washed up, and went to bed.

OPINION: The Confederacy loses again

posted: 05/26/2017 2:48 a.m. Comment 1

In 1869 the president of Washington College was invited to Gettysburg. The Battlefield Memorial Association wanted his help in erecting granite memorials to mark the "positions and movements of the armies" during the great Civil War battle of six years before.

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