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OPINION : BRADLEY R. GITZ: The party crack-up

posted: 02/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 17

American politics is being pushed to the brink by Donald Trump's persistently unpresidential behavior and the hysterical reaction to that behavior (and to his presidency in general) on the part of the "resistance."

OPINION — Editorial : Uninvited guests

posted: 02/19/2018 2:14 a.m. Comment 1

In the unlikely event that readers of Arkansas' Newspaper may not have noticed, this country has developed a three-party system. For in addition to the usual Democrats and Republicans, there are the Russians, who even now are trying to horn in on this country's mid-term elections.

OPINION — Editorial : Public health notice

posted: 02/19/2018 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Despite the state's best efforts, at last report 15 more Arkansans have been claimed by the deadliest outbreak of influenza in a couple of decades. That was the word last week from Dirk Haselow, the state's official epidemiologist, though his vocabulary is more scientific than the Arkansas vernacular. "In my history at the [state] Health Department," he recalled, "I've never seen a season dominated by Influenza B, or that switched from one strain to another" the way this virus does. Which means someone infected with one variety of the bug could still be laid low by another during this same deadly season.

OPINION — Editorial : Need more baseball nets

posted: 02/19/2018 2:13 a.m. Discuss

It happens in the blink of an eye: A pitch arrives at the plate, the batter swings and a baseball or a bat rockets into the stands. In most cases, there is no harm beyond a few spilled nachos. But sometimes a fan fails to get out of the way, with grim consequences.

OPINION : Justice or rock star?

posted: 02/19/2018 2:13 a.m. Comments 2

Maybe, just maybe, the left should tone it down with the worship of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—aka “Notorious R.B.G.”

OPINION : Run, Mitt, run

posted: 02/19/2018 2:12 a.m. Discuss

With a sleek video extolling his role in saving the Olympics and his preference for Utah as a model for the country, Mitt Romney announced his run for the Senate. He didn't mention President Donald Trump, and according to news reports, does not intend to run a specifically anti-Trump campaign.

OPINION - Guest writer: Misplaced faith

posted: 02/19/2018 2:12 a.m. Discuss

I will never forget a particular spring day in 1981, back before everyone was connected to media and social media 24/7. After spending all morning in the library, I walked to my office at the University of Minnesota, where I studied in the political science doctoral program.

Letters

posted: 02/19/2018 2:10 a.m. Comment 1

For some other reason

OPINION : REX NELSON: Missing the mark

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

The Arkansas Legislature is back in town. You can break out the stale old jokes about hiding the women and children.

OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: In the age of polarization

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 48

A local man for whom I have considerable regard barked at me last week. He said, "Quit giving Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt."

OPINION : MIKE MASTERSON: Road through Damascus

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Anxious motorists passing through citation-happy Damascus will continue breathing a little easier since Faulkner County Circuit Judge Chris Carnahan ruled the town's constitutional challenge to Arkansas' speed-trap law as "moot."

Column One: PAUL GREENBERG: Dream on

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

First came the bipartisan promise made by the leaders of the Republican majority and the Democratic minority in the U.S. Senate: There would be a debate on immigration in the upper chamber. And they're backing up their words with action. The debate has begun.

Resurrection Gilded Age

posted: 02/18/2018 2:06 a.m. Discuss

In an impromptu speech to a crowd that gathered outside the White House on George Washington's birthday in 1866, President Andrew Johnson rambled on for more than an hour, referred to himself 210 times (a rate of about three times per minute), and said Republican lawmakers Charles Sumner and Thaddeus Stevens were at least as treasonous as the leaders of the just-defeated Confederacy.

Upstaging the vice president

posted: 02/18/2018 2:04 a.m. Comments 3

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea--When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un decided to send a large delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea this month, the world feared he might steal the show.

Architects study options for housing in NW Arkansas

posted: 02/18/2018 2:04 a.m. Discuss

The ambitious mission of the Housing Northwest Arkansas Initiative "is to educate the community about construction, financing, and social justice," said Peter MacKeith, dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Supported by a $250,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation, it seeks to address the lack of affordable housing in the fast-growing region for residents and newcomers at all levels of income.

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