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posted: 03/04/2015 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Skip the histrionics For many, many years I have enjoyed your newspaper and the unusually artistic and relevant cartoons of John Deering. However, I think his recent depiction of Bill O'Reilly killing history, factuality, and journalism was biased, over the top, and beneath his stature.

Between the Lines: Between the lines: Senate panel sets sights on Collins' campus carry bill

posted: 03/04/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

The Senate's Judiciary Committee is the most likely barrier to legislation that would allow concealed carry on the state's college and university campuses.

Editorial: Lots of upraised thumbs a good sign for region

posted: 03/04/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Speaker of the House John Boehner gave a thumbs up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress Tuesday. President Obama gave it a thumbs down, but the prime minister gave it anyway. It just goes to show how people can see the same event from very different perspectives.

Commentary: Country becoming ungovernable.

posted: 03/04/2015 1 a.m. Comment 1

The American republic has limped past being dysfunctional and stumbled into being ungovernable. Even if you hate the government, this situation should concern you because it means big problems aren't being addressed, while new ones are being created.


posted: 03/04/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Wouldn’t hydrogen be great? The news article “Study reviews risks of fuel-laden trains” in the Feb. 23 edition of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette had some alarming data that did not get the attention it deserves.


posted: 03/03/2015 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Voter apathy

Columnists: Which right is right?

posted: 03/03/2015 2:45 a.m. Comments 14

Let us explore the supposed conflict between a right to discriminate and the right to hold religious beliefs and act on them.

Columnists: An odd case indeed

posted: 03/03/2015 2:45 a.m. Comments 2

I'm still scratching my woolly noggin over the odd news story last week about the Fayetteville police officer who's contesting a reprimand and a 30-day suspension before the city's Civil Service Commission.

Columnists: No need for marketing experts

posted: 03/03/2015 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Hillary Clinton has enlisted a Coca-Cola marketing whiz to help brand her expected presidential campaign. This is quintessential Clinton. The most politically savvy couple in America has a penchant for seeking out the latest shiny toy, a magic bullet to make everything work.

Columnists: Wal-Mart's visible hand

posted: 03/03/2015 2:43 a.m. Comment 1

In February, Wal-Mart, America's largest employer, announced that it will raise wages for half a million workers. For many of those workers the gains will be small, but the announcement is nonetheless a very big deal, for two reasons.

Others say: Food police back on beat

posted: 03/03/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The food police are at it again. The latest assault on the freedom to control what you put into your own body comes in the form of a 571-page report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services to provide nutritional guidance.

Editorials: Another one bites the dust ...

posted: 03/03/2015 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Out of the dark the bullets rip, repeating to the sound of the beat, and another Russian dissenter lies dead.

Editorials: Of judicial showboats

posted: 03/03/2015 2:42 a.m. Discuss

What is it with our more free-swinging judges? They can't seem to resist the temptation to deliver decisions out of the courtroom. Spouting off about various issues of the day, which soon enough become issues before their court, they traipse around the country prejudicing themselves by tossing off opinions in the most inappropriate venues. This kind of exhibitionism has grown epidemic in recent years.

Columnist: Commentary: Bills by Hester, Hendren attack environmental protections

posted: 03/03/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Whenever politicians migrate back to the capital city, the citizenry of our fair state needs to be reminded of the old saw, "Nothing is safe while the legislature is in session." Alas, long dreamed-of power to satisfy long-suppressed desires is bursting forth in our state Legislature, where one party rules the roost and both houses. These folks are salivating as if they are in a free candy store, introducing bills with wild abandonment to consequences.

Editorial: Charges difficult but needed against sexual assailants

posted: 03/03/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Critics of higher education often complain about the ivory tower syndrome at college campuses. The folks at colleges and universities live in their own insulated world, we're told, and spend their time teaching from a less-than-real-world perspective.


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