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Remembering another opiate crisis

posted: 07/23/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. is in the throes of an unprecedented opioid epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control reports. The crisis has spurred calls for action to halt the rising death toll, which has devastated many rural communities.

Driving toward an electric-car future

posted: 07/23/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Let's talk about one of our favorite things: cars. And more specifically, how the internal combustion engine is on the verge of extinction.

OPINION : We live in a nation of bystanders

posted: 07/23/2017 1:53 a.m. Comments 3

If you are choking, you have a better chance of being helped if one person notices than if five do. They call this the "bystander effect." If you believe you are the only person who can help, then you're probably going to try to help. But if you are among a crowd of observers, you might wait to see if someone else steps up.

OPINION — Editorial: Taking notes

posted: 07/23/2017 1:52 a.m. Comment 1

Winston Churchill wrote that at the Tehran Conference in 1943, the Big Three powers discussed the pursuit of justice in the post-war days. How would the German command--military and political--be punished?

OPINION : The game changer

posted: 07/23/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

I try to stay away from overused terms. "Game changer" is one of those terms. But I can think of nothing that better describes what a complete makeover of the Arlington Hotel would mean for the redevelopment of downtown Hot Springs and, in some ways, the image a lot of visitors have of Arkansas. It would change the trajectory of the Spa City.

OPINION — Editorial: Uh, can we slow this one down?

posted: 07/23/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Last week, lawmakers in Arkansas heard a pitch from a company promoting a new product to help control the feral pig population in this state. And for anybody who spends time outdoors in Arkansas--hunting, hiking, biking, camping--you know the state has a problem.

OPINION : Uncharted waters

posted: 07/23/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Donald Trump--who seemed to be trying to intimidate the Justice Department and the special counsel in a New York Times interview last week--is reportedly considering a variety of dramatic moves against the Russia investigation, perhaps including firing special counsel Robert Mueller (something many have been reporting on for some time) and pardoning members of his family, campaign and administration (something which, up to now, appeared to be just the speculation of some of the most hair-on-fire observers).

OPINION — Editorial: A crisis you’ve never heard of

posted: 07/23/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

More than 20 million people in four countries are at risk of starvation in the coming months, in what the United Nations has called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. But the global response to the emergency has been lacking, both from governments and from private citizens. The UN reports that only 43 percent of the $6.27 billion needed to head off famine this year in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria had been raised.

OPINION : Minneapolis shooting

posted: 07/23/2017 1:49 a.m. Comments 3

Events in states far removed from our own sometimes seem to beg for comment purely for the satisfaction of knowing I've put my opinion on public record.

Letters

posted: 07/23/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Parenting in America

OPINION — Editorial: Arkansas' best

posted: 07/22/2017 2:31 a.m. Comment 1

What else would Gentle Reader think we'd be writing about in the midst of this sweltering July heat but a perfect, all-Arkansas summer salad featuring this state's glorious tomatoes in all their variety and appeal?

OPINION: Sabotage

posted: 07/22/2017 2:30 a.m. Comments 3

Is Trumpcare finally dead? Even now, it's hard to be sure, especially given Republican moderates' long track record of caving in to extremists at crucial moments. But it does look as if the frontal assault on the Affordable Care Act has failed.

OPINION — Editorial: The British Open

posted: 07/22/2017 2:29 a.m. Discuss

The debate has been going on for years. And it isn't likely to end this weekend, even as sports fans (with football season still more than a month away) look to cooler climes for their competitive fix.

OPINION — Editorial: New studies, new clues

posted: 07/22/2017 2:29 a.m. Discuss

While researchers haven't yet found a way to prevent or cure dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, they're making progress on how to catch it early. The findings from three new studies, two from the University of Wisconsin and one from Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, are important for better understanding cognitive declines that steal life from the living and strain the health care system.

OPINION: Disloyalty begets disloyalty

posted: 07/22/2017 2:28 a.m. Discuss

In case anyone had forgotten, President Donald Trump's New York Times blockbuster interview reminded us that he is bereft of loyalty, the glue that holds political parties, alliances and administrations together. He rebukes his attorney general for daring to recuse himself from the Russia matter as was required under government ethics rules--even in light of Jeff Sessions' subsequent agreement to participate in the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Trump's churlishness is par for the course.

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