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Wages on demand

posted: 09/29/2014 4:05 a.m. Comments 48

Fast-food workers have been sporadically striking throughout American cities in recent months, with the goal of securing what they call a "living wage" of $15 per hour.

Guest writer: They don't get it!

posted: 09/29/2014 4:04 a.m. Comments 12

Get what? Well, I'm going to list a number of things that "they"--our politicians and yes, a lot of just regular folks--don't get.

Columnists: Spanking isn't abuse

posted: 09/29/2014 4:03 a.m. Comments 2

When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted for injuring a child earlier this month, a lot of journalists explained that the lesson we should take away was not that it's wrong to leave welts and bruises or use a switch on a child. It's that the physical punishment of children is always wrong--and should perhaps be outlawed.

Editorials: Good PR classification?

posted: 09/29/2014 4 a.m. Comments 2

Hand it to the folks at the Department of Correction who handled last week's big problem fast enough. That is, immediately. Call it the Department of Immediate Correction.

Column One: Who is this man?

posted: 09/28/2014 1:59 a.m. Comment 1

If you don't know who Gao Zhiseng is, welcome to the vast club. It may take a moment, maybe a fleeting reference in the paper, to call up his name and dossier. He's just one of the anonymous masses toiling away in Communist China's empire of slave labor camps.

Perils of online reading

posted: 09/28/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

It is becoming a cliche of conversations between twentysomethings that if you talk about books or articles or strung-together words long enough, someone will eventually wail plaintively: "I just can't read anymore." The person will explain that the Internet has shot her attention span.

This is how it ends for The Last Ballplayer

posted: 09/28/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Barring an act of God, it will end today for The Last Ballplayer. It will end in road grays, in an old Boston ballpark where once Teddy Ballgame bid the Hub fans adieu.

Aging in the 21st Century

posted: 09/28/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

On Sept. 21, the singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen celebrated his 80th birthday--with a cigarette. Last year, he announced he would resume smoking when he turned 80. "It's the right age to recommence," he explained.

Political vocabulary, 2014 edition

posted: 09/28/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

In 2012 the political world sadly got introduced to the phrase "legitimate rape," uttered by then-Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri. And who could forget Mitt Romney's presidential debate utterance about "binders full of women"?

Life-altering decision

posted: 09/28/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Parents worry about whether vaccines are safe for their children. But they should also consider the dangers of not vaccinating, which is why I'm telling my family's story.

Guest column: A vision for our country

posted: 09/28/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Polly Murphy Keller Winter of Alexandria, Louisiana, who died Sept. 21, is a descendant of Charles H. Murphy, the founder of the family business that became Murphy Oil. She and her late husband, Christoph Keller Jr., lived in Harrison and Little Rock, where he was the Episcopal Bishop of Arkansas.

Best sellers

posted: 09/28/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Fiction 1. PERSONAL, by Lee Child. Jack Reacher, a former military cop, helps the State Department and the CIA stop a sniper who has targeted a G8 summit.

Editorials: Department of educanto

posted: 09/28/2014 1:50 a.m. Comment 1

What makes a good teacher? It's a question that has befuddled education departments across the country, though it hasn't kept enough of them from talking as if they knew. The best answer to that question we ever got was a few years back at Stanford from a nationally known scholar of educational statistics. He paused thoughtfully, considered the question, and then said, "We don't know."

Others say: The other war

posted: 09/28/2014 1:49 a.m. Comment 1

While the air war against the Islamic State is getting all the attention, President Barack Obama has committed military ground troops to combat another world threat: Ebola.

Columnists: Madison County's peaks

posted: 09/28/2014 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Sept. 30 is the 178th birthday of Madison County, an area known for its beautiful scenery and as the home of two prominent Arkansas governors.

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