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Restoring faith ... ... in election forecasting

posted: 12/04/2016 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Planes rarely crash because one instrument fails or one gauge gives a bad reading. Rather, the right combination of things fail in tandem--a mechanical problem paired with bad weather, a backup system malfunctioning at the same time as a pilot error--leading to catastrophe. The disaster of the 2016 election forecasts is not dissimilar, with a series of mistakes building upon one another to lead prognosticators astray. Pollsters now are sifting through the wreckage to find the black boxes and assess what went wrong in order to prevent it from happening again.

Column One: Here's what really counts

posted: 12/04/2016 2:02 a.m. Comment 1

They're still trying to bail themselves out of the devastating floods that overwhelmed our neighbors just across the (state) border down in Louisiana. Talk about wiped out: The Dickerson family once lived in a three-bedroom house on a private road in a nice neighborhood in Denham Springs, La., where the kids had plenty of room to play. But now the family has had to take refuge at the crowded Highland Inn, where the parking lot next to a truck stop is the nearest thing to a playground the kids have.

The Warrior Monk as secretary of defense

posted: 12/04/2016 2 a.m. Discuss

The quantity of former senior military officers under consideration to join the Trump administration has drawn enthusiasm and ire.

Arkansas' trade options in Cuba

posted: 12/04/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Cuba's long national nightmare is over. Fidel Castro is dead. He was a tyrant who oppressed his people and killed those with whom he disagreed. His reign of tyranny was so unbearable that citizens routinely risked their lives crossing miles of dangerous waters on makeshift rafts to escape the hopelessness of life in their homeland.

Guest column: Think local

posted: 12/04/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Take a moment to think about your favorite restaurant, shop or service provider. If you're like me, you are probably going to choose a one-of-a-kind homegrown business. Independent locally owned businesses are the hallmark of a vibrant economy. These are the places the locals go. They are businesses owned by our friends and neighbors. Many of them have been around for so long that we may take them for granted--but we shouldn't.

Ban Donald Trump from Twitter

posted: 12/04/2016 1:58 a.m. Comments 4

Hot on the heels of last week's outrageous tweet--in which Donald Trump suggested that we either imprison people who burn the flag or strip them of their citizenship--it's time for Twitter to take action and ban Trump from the service.

Songs about Fidel Castro from the Soviets

posted: 12/04/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Russian President Vladimir Putin was almost right when he said recently that the memory of Fidel Castro, Cuba’s revolutionary leader who died on Nov. 25, would “always remain in the hearts of Russian citizens.” Thanks to my Soviet childhood and young adulthood, I’ll never forget Fidel, but my heart is not where I’ll store those memories.

Brothers in arms

posted: 12/04/2016 1:57 a.m. Comment 1

I recently had the privilege of attending the American Veterans Center Veterans Conference & Honors and National Youth Leadership Summit, an annual three-day gathering held in Washington, D.C.

Best-sellers

posted: 12/04/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

1. TURBO TWENTY-THREE by Janet Evanovich. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum juggles the investigation of a crime in an ice cream factory and the two men in her life.

Explaining the Muslim faith

posted: 12/04/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

"Do you want to kill us?"

It's not incredulity that's the problem

posted: 12/04/2016 1:52 a.m. Comments 3

When I was a kid I knew a guy who would fight you if you said professional wrestling was fake.

Editorial: Everybody knows

posted: 12/04/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Charter schools are back in the news again, locally and nationally. The president-elect's choice to run the Education Department in Washington, D.C., has been an advocate of charter schools for years. And she is thus, according to her critics, unsafe to lead education in this country at any speed. Some of us, however, look forward to her wrangling that behemoth of an organization into something useful.

Columnists: A fortune in trade

posted: 12/04/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

United States Federal Judge Morris S. Arnold of Little Rock continues in his long quest to resurrect Arkansas colonial history from neglect and stereotype. Arnold, who has a classical education and who can read 18th-century French (and Spanish), has dug deeply into archives in France, Spain, and the U.S., with the result being that he essentially created Arkansas colonial history almost from scratch.

Columnists: Up is down, left is right

posted: 12/04/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

The holidays are right around the corner, so it's the season to tell other people to shut up. That's my takeaway from the various events of last week. Let's look at three.

OTHERS SAY: The rule is golden

posted: 12/04/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Pope Francis’ characterization of worldwide tensions based largely on race and ethnicity couldn’t be more on point. The leader of the world’s Roman Catholic community labeled it a “virus.” And, as with viruses, the results of that ill will can be infectious and deadly.

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