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Not predicting this legislative session

posted: 01/22/2017 1:52 a.m. Comment 1

"It is a hypothesis that the sun will rise tomorrow: and this means that we do not know whether it will rise."

Best-sellers

posted: 01/22/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Fiction

Editorial: Mr. President

posted: 01/22/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

Others say: Watch deeds, not words

posted: 01/22/2017 1:49 a.m. Comment 1

Everyone stands when the president enters the room. It's protocol, a deserved sign of respect for the office and the American people who select its occupant.

Columnists: Beneath the surface

posted: 01/22/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Recently two state agencies uncovered historical artifacts while pursuing construction projects in downtown Little Rock. Contractors working on the new Broadway Bridge for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department uncovered remnants of wooden block paving. Meanwhile, workers building a parking lot for the Department of Arkansas Heritage uncovered remains of the 1890s facilities used to maintain and house streetcars.

Columnists: Give the guy a chance

posted: 01/22/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

So it, whatever it is, has begun.

Worth dying for?

posted: 01/22/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

In choosing death over exile, Greek philosopher Socrates counseled: "The unexamined life is not worth living." Today, that message can translate to choosing to die prematurely in the face of violating one's beliefs or principles.

Fraudulent fakes

posted: 01/22/2017 1:46 a.m. Comments 32

Now the problem is fake news about fake news.

Letters

posted: 01/22/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Hasn't earned respect

Editorial: Try though they might ...

posted: 01/21/2017 3:03 a.m. Comments 2

You'd think that those Democratic senators grilling Betsy DeVos last week would've spent more time talking about how she'd handle, say, "education" in this country. After all, she was nominated to be the secretary of education. But when somebody like Betsy DeVos is nominated to that post, all hands on deck! At her confirmation hearing, Democratic senators asked her about The Donald's locker room talk, whether she'd ever run a bank, even so-called gay conversion therapy. And complained that they didn't get more time.

Columnists: Donald the Unready

posted: 01/21/2017 3:02 a.m. Comments 2

Betsy DeVos, whom Donald Trump has nominated as education secretary, doesn't know basic education terms, doesn't know about federal statutes governing special education, but thinks school officials should carry guns to defend against grizzly bears.

Rule Britannia

posted: 01/21/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

In another declaration of independence, Britain's still new prime minister, Theresa May, has held the line against those who would like to reduce her country to an appendage of Europe and its European Union. "Not partial membership [in] the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out," she declares. "We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave. We want to buy your goods, sell you ours, trade with you as freely as possible, and work with one another to make sure we are all safer, more secure and more prosperous through continued friendship."

Columnists: Tradition!

posted: 01/21/2017 3 a.m. Discuss

The news media is making a huge fuss over the several dozen Democrats who boycotted the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. But there is less here than meets the eye. Politicians skipping the swearing-in ceremony of a candidate they opposed is a tradition almost as old as the Constitution.

Chicago’s burning

posted: 01/21/2017 3 a.m. Discuss

The picture of Chicago in much of the country—and even in much of the Chicago area—is a city awash in blood amid a surge in murder and other violent crime. “Is this a wartorn country?” asked candidate Donald Trump during a debate in September. Though Trump is famously prone to hyperbole, the perception has a real basis—a spike in homicides to a level not seen since the 1990s. The question is: Why has it happened?

Guest writer: All (halfway) in

posted: 01/21/2017 2:58 a.m. Discuss

"Is the cup half-full or half-empty?" is a philosophical question that psychiatrists have been plying patients with for generations. The response helps them in diagnosing their confused couch clients.

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