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Columnists: Now for the House's letter

posted: 03/26/2015 2:57 a.m. Comment 1

Iran's supreme leader recently said "Death to America." And meanwhile his country is gaining power in Iraq, Yemen and Syria, still sponsors terrorists, is working on a ballistic missile program and has made clear Israel is a goner if Iran is ever in a position to make that happen.

The un-slippery slope

posted: 03/26/2015 2:55 a.m. Comments 9

Because Arkansas is a farming state that relies on commercial livestock for broad livelihood, the state cannot possibly issue licenses and make inspections at dog-breeding operations, sometimes called "puppy mills."


posted: 03/26/2015 2:55 a.m. Comments 4

Study alternatives to war Concerning Sen. Tom Cotton's Iran letter: My understanding of the senator's position is based upon the concept of "American exceptionism." That is, there are international norms for behavior and also exceptions to these norms. The senator has accused Iran of meddling in the affairs of neighbors like Iraq and other countries in the region, saying this shows why Iran is dangerous and can't be trusted.

Editorial: Highway leaders take wrong turn with road abandonment idea

posted: 03/26/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Imagine if your local sheriff's office, straining to make ends meet under its taxpayer-supported annual budget, simply carved out a part of the county and declared it would no longer patrol or enforce the laws there.


posted: 03/26/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Interstate sign creates hazard I missed it by two months. If memory serves, I wrote in December regarding the danger of having the sign saying “To I-49” in the median at the entrance to the new flyover on North College.

Editorials: All about those taxes

posted: 03/25/2015 3:06 a.m. Comment 1

Hand at least this much to Pine Bluff's city council. When it comes to this proposal to make all new hires live inside the city limits, the aldermen are being honest.

Columnists: Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

posted: 03/25/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

It is not often that the leader of a small city-state--in this case, Singapore--gets an international reputation. But no one deserved it more than Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of Singapore as an independent country in 1959 and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990. With his death, he leaves behind a legacy valuable not only to Singapore but to the world.

Editorials: Till the pips squeak

posted: 03/25/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

The memory returns every time some aggrieved victor demands an extortionate tribute from the losing nation, not realizing that such vindictiveness will hurt both nations, making it unlikely that the vanquished country will ever be able to make the payments, and crippling its economy in general. Instead of a strong partner for peace, the victor achieves only a mutual destruction.

Editorials: The way it should be

posted: 03/25/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

That was a striking picture on Page 6 of Sunday's paper. It showed a scene surely unimaginable some 70 years ago on the black-sand beaches of Iwo Jima as American forces somehow slugged their way on to the atoll to begin one of the bloodier battles of the Second World War, though bloodier ones were yet to come, like Okinawa.

Others say: Raise the smoking age

posted: 03/25/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Forty-two million Americans still smoke. That is a much smaller proportion of the population than decades ago.

Ted Cruz’s obstacles

posted: 03/25/2015 3:03 a.m. Comments 13

In his first year as a senator, he cast one of three votes against longtime Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state, then incited like-thinking conservative Republicans in the House to shut down the federal government for 16 days in a futile bid to stop President Barack Obama’s landmark health-care act.

On the offense

posted: 03/25/2015 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Many are well aware of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's famous line from his concurring opinion in a pivotal case on pornography: "I know it when I see it." Copy editors are often called the readers' last line of defense, but I've always assigned an additional task to myself when editing: Think dirty before the readers do ... because, believe me, they will.

Retirement havens

posted: 03/25/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

West Memphis is known for a lot of things, but being a retirement haven isn't one of them.


posted: 03/25/2015 3 a.m. Comment 1

The yellow-brick road One reader was so proud to have voted with the "senator with a spine." Having a spine but still being the Scarecrow or the Lion in this production doesn't help a bit.

That do-nothing Legislature

posted: 03/25/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Notable news from the state Legislature involves what it hasn't done as well as what it has.


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