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Impaired waterbodies

posted: 02/07/2016 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Meanwhile, back along the majestic Buffalo National River, one of our state's brightest jewels for recreation and tourism.

Humility and ego

posted: 02/07/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

We're all creatures of good sides and bad sides. Most of us, anyway.

Letters

posted: 02/07/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Wide variety of speech

Editorial: Stick it to the man

posted: 02/06/2016 3:09 a.m. Comment 1

A polite name for it would have been racial blackmail except that its practitioners--establishment types all--would have been much too well-bred to call it that. To quote the attorney general of the United States at the time, The Hon. Nicholas Katzenbach, the country could expect racial riots in "30 or 40" American cities if Congress balked at passing President Lyndon Johnson's civil-rights program.

Columnists: Who hates Obamacare?

posted: 02/06/2016 3:08 a.m. Comments 8

Ted Cruz had a teachable moment in Iowa, although he will learn nothing from it. A voter told Cruz the story of his brother-in-law, a barber who had never been able to afford health insurance. He finally got insurance thanks to Obamacare--and discovered that it was too late. He had terminal cancer and nothing could be done.

Editorial: The other bowl game

posted: 02/06/2016 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Even hardcore football fans may not be able to endure hours and hours of Super Bowl 50's pregame prep that occupy TV screens from 10 a.m. Sunday until kickoff at 5:30 p.m. on CBS. If a break is needed, there's always Puppy Bowl XII, from 2-4 p.m. on Animal Planet. The furry four-leggers on this admittedly silly show are so engaging that they'll stop just about anybody passing through the viewing area in their tracks, at least for a few minutes, no matter how many snacks or beers they have in hand.

Politically feasible help

posted: 02/06/2016 3:07 a.m. Discuss

When there's the political will, there tends to be a political way to accomplish the impossible. It appears this finally may be the case with the nation's long-ignored epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid addiction.

America's economic freedom

posted: 02/06/2016 3:06 a.m. Comments 5

Millions of people around the world are emerging from poverty thanks to rising economic freedom. But by sharp contrast, America's economic freedom has been declining over the past decade.

Guest writer: It's broken? Fix it

posted: 02/06/2016 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas needs jobs. Government officials attempting to attract jobs to the state have increasingly turned to subsidies and tax breaks. However, a recent analysis by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette found that state incentives are not very effective at producing jobs. While the report detailed various disappointing outcomes, perhaps the most troubling takeaway is the state's admission of Arkansas' policy-driven competitive deficiencies.

Honest measures

posted: 02/06/2016 3 a.m. Discuss

I doubt many folks in Arkansas know Russell Langston ... well, at least not personally. But I'll bet nearly everyone has benefited from his tireless efforts.

LETTERS

posted: 02/06/2016 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Why isn’t cost lower? Why on earth is the University of Arkansas going to invest $160 million in a stadium?

For French Hill

posted: 02/05/2016 3:32 a.m. Comments 6

It's a measure of an incumbent, or any candidate for political office for that matter, when even his opposition doesn't have much to say in opposition. These days, what an oddity!

Columnists: They're at it again

posted: 02/05/2016 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Judging from the anti-immigrant rhetoric from Republican hopefuls in the Iowa caucuses, the Republican Party is marching straight to its third consecutive defeat in the November presidential elections.

Editorial: Just sayin' . . . .

posted: 02/05/2016 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Our high-speed, low-drag Capitol reporters over on news side had (yet another) interesting story in the papers over the weekend: Combined salary and expense payments to Arkansas' lawmakers fell last year, by about $360,000, from the year before. The lawmakers got a pay raise in 2015, but that came in exchange for a decrease in expense payments.

Others say: The latest war against skeeters

posted: 02/05/2016 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Zika seems to have arrived in Central and South America overnight, but it cannot be expected to leave as fast. Ending this public health emergency will require a persistent assault on the mosquitoes that carry the virus.

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