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posted: 05/27/2016 1:56 a.m. Comment 1

Not really reflective Our federal representatives are currently playing the "Advise and Consent" game with the pending nomination and approval of an additional Supreme Court judge. Per the usual scenario, it becomes a tit-for-tat exercise in politics.

JOHN BRUMMETT: But he didn't say it ...

posted: 05/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 10

Donald Trump explains that he does not engage in unsubstantiated attacks.

Editorial: Welcome back

posted: 05/26/2016 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Our talented cartoonist/artist/caricaturist/drawer in this opinion outfit, the estimable and enduring John Deering, drew a cartoon for this page that we enjoy reprinting above. Once again, the topic was Little Rock's schools and its demographics. How timely. How newsworthy. How appropriate.

Columnists: Commencement season

posted: 05/26/2016 2:51 a.m. Discuss

This is the season of college commencement speeches--an art form that has seldom been memorable but has increasingly become toxic in recent times.

Editorial: United we stand

posted: 05/26/2016 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Want to bring the country together as one? Want to get past all the partisan sniping going on in Washington? Want to find a way, any way, to make Democrats and Republicans hold hands, hug, and agree for once? Then do what Robert McDonald, chief of Veterans Affairs, did: make a complete ass of yourself.

Others say: Some hoax this is

posted: 05/26/2016 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Donald Trump has long aligned himself with climate change deniers, calling the issue a "hoax" and worse. But in Ireland, Trump International Golf Links has asked to build a sea wall to protect a waterfront resort against "global warming and its effects." So which is it?

Columnists: Why are climbers still dying?

posted: 05/26/2016 2:49 a.m. Discuss

This year more than 400 climbers and Sherpas decided to try their luck at summiting Mount Everest during the spring climbing season. At least four have died so far, and more than 30 others are reported to be suffering from severe frostbite and other ailments caused by prolonged exposure to Everest's brutal conditions. With several days remaining in the climbing season, and many climbers still preparing to make ascents, the potential for further tragedy is high.

Guest writer: Battle for equality

posted: 05/26/2016 2:48 a.m. Comments 7

Countless books have been dedicated to the subject of income equality. One has received international attention since its 2013 publication: Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Paris: Editions du Seuil).

Letters

posted: 05/26/2016 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Giving us the business Apparently, billionaire businessman Donald Trump and his great negotiators intend to negotiate all of our problems away. So the business of America is business after all.

Correction

posted: 05/26/2016 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Marti Olesen is a retired public school library media specialist. Her name and former job title were incorrect in a guest column published Monday.

Editorial: The Latest Laureate

posted: 05/25/2016 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Ah, Russia! There are a million words to describe it, yet none. The latest Nobel Laureate, Svetlana Alexievich, boils down the mystery that is Russia into this one big question: "Why doesn't people's suffering translate into freedom?"

Column: Last American in Damascus

posted: 05/25/2016 3:02 a.m. Comments 2

To many of us, Syrians are only the latest problem of the day, and the same goes for Europeans as they try to deal with the Syrians trying to get around the barriers put up at every crossing point on the continent. Their futile hope: to somehow make it to some port that will afford them access to the ocean wide, and from there to America, America, which still beckons like a torch held aloft.

Editorial: In a single phrase

posted: 05/25/2016 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Douglas Oberhelman, chief executive of Caterpillar, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on Monday summarizing the day's business news this way: "It's a very, very slow crawl out."

Others say: Let's not get giddy

posted: 05/25/2016 3:01 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama called the death of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan this weekend "an important milestone." Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's administration hailed Mansour's death as a potential turning point in his war-wracked country.

Columnists: Borrow best ideas

posted: 05/25/2016 3 a.m. Discuss

In spite of myself, I actually think that Donald Trump's release of the names of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees was a good idea. And his call for Hillary Clinton to do the same makes a lot of sense.

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