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Editorials: What have we learned?

posted: 08/31/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason. --Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 2 What a surfeit of surreal scenes have been pouring out of little Ferguson, Mo., these past few weeks--as if they'd never end.

Columnists: A senator and the Great War

posted: 08/31/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, or the Great War as it was known until the extreme horrors of World War II dwarfed the earlier conflict. Like most Americans, Arkansans were reluctant to be dragged into the growing conflict. But once war was declared, most, but not all, people of the state united behind President Woodrow Wilson in his crusade to make the world safe for democracy.

Columnists: Wildfire protection is needed

posted: 08/31/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Entering the final month of an intense wildfire season that has set the American West ablaze, with more than 17,000 wildfires across 2.3 million acres, Congress must recognize that its model for wildfire suppression is broken.

Cargill staying put

posted: 08/31/2014 1:53 a.m. Comments 2

Cargill Inc., the multinational corporation responsible for placing the factory of up to 6,500 swine in the Buffalo National River watershed, has responded to sustained public outcries by saying it has no plans to abandon its grossly misplaced venture called C&H Hog Farms.

He just had to say 'Ebola'

posted: 08/31/2014 1:52 a.m. Comments 11

Tom Cotton said with a scoff last week that Mark Pryor had blamed him for the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Letters

posted: 08/31/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Said yes to the dress So many Arkansans like Nancy Mays have fond memories of the Old State House's First Ladies Gowns exhibit. My own recollection has a romantic twist.

Letters

posted: 08/30/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Minds are their own

A lamentable situation

posted: 08/30/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

The news of the day often delivers stories that sadden us.

Guest writer: A global impact

posted: 08/30/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Recently, Sen. Mark Pryor joined me in visiting a steel mill I used to manage here in Magnolia, but this visit was more than a photo-op during a re-election campaign. He was there to see firsthand the toll an international trade dispute with Turkey and Mexico has taken on the Commercial Metals Company (CMC) mill and the hardworking steelmakers who work there.

Columnists: The Wilderness Act at 50

posted: 08/30/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. As a conservation photographer and writer, I can think of few laws that are more worthy of celebration.

Columnists: An attack on black teachers

posted: 08/30/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.

Others say: Enough is enough

posted: 08/30/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

The airlines started it, this business of adding extra fees to travel, for baggage and the like. But hotels, the Associated Press reported this week, are signing on to this gouge-the-customer game.

Editorials: The hardest thing to read

posted: 08/30/2014 2:06 a.m. Comment 1

It'll come as no surprise to Valued Reader that not every column on this page conforms with the views expressed in the editorials. See the opinions of Paul Krugman, which we regularly carry over there on the right. Or the occasional appearance of an Al Hunt column or a New York Times editorial. What a boring page it would be if every contributor to it agreed. Or if an editor chose to run only columns that mirrored his own opinions.

Editorials: Adults heard from at last

posted: 08/30/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

"This week's back-and-forth between the various sides seems to be getting a mite snippy. It shouldn't. All this is too important for snippy. Everybody ought to concentrate on the welfare and futures of these kids, not on covering their own backsides."

Letters

posted: 08/29/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

An apology is owed

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