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Law of the letter

posted: 12/17/2014 2:54 a.m. Comment 1

Sometimes the mail brings hefty servings of word salad, but sometimes a bit of protein sneaks in.

From cotton to kugels

posted: 12/17/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Marcie Cohen Ferris, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina and an expert on Southern food, was raised at Blytheville, once the Cotton Capital of Arkansas. Mississippi County had been covered by hardwood forests before timber companies cut the trees and shipped the lumber north to booming markets such as St. Louis and Chicago.


posted: 12/17/2014 2:51 a.m. Comment 1

Our brother's keeper Three people were killed Monday morning when an 18-wheeler veered across the centerline and struck a car head-on.


posted: 12/16/2014 3:03 a.m. Comment 1

Test out hypothesis

Pointless grandstanding

posted: 12/16/2014 3:03 a.m. Comments 4

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Tea Partier extraordinaire from Texas, threatens to give impracticality, extremism, zealotry and grandstanding bad names.

Fighting for Rhea Lana : In her defense

posted: 12/16/2014 3:02 a.m. Comment 1

I wrote not long ago about the continuing saga of Rhea Lana Riner of Conway and that the U.S. Department of Labor lawyers and bureaucrats contend the volunteers in her children's consignment sales events are paid employees.

Columnists: Of cloaks, daggers and reports

posted: 12/16/2014 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Two wise veterans of America's national security wars were of mixed mind after the release last week of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture. The panel blistered the Central Intelligence Agency for subjecting terrorism suspects to brutal and maybe ineffective interrogation techniques and misrepresenting what it was doing.

Others say: Japan's day after

posted: 12/16/2014 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked Japanese voters for a renewed mandate to pursue his economic-revival program, and on Sunday they gave it to him. To breathe new life into his reforms at home, he should now look abroad.

Columnists: What compromise looks like

posted: 12/16/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

The trillion-dollar spending bill that the House of Representatives passed last week had something for everyone to hate. But it was still a step, however awkward, toward making the United States governable again.

Editorials: Dance at their wedding

posted: 12/16/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

There's life after politics, and how. And it can be not just a lot sweeter but a lot more real. Doubt it? Just glance at the picture of the happy couple on Page 2B of Friday's Arkansas section taken by our own Rachel Chaney, who would have made a fine wedding photographer. Both still-Senator-for-a-while Mark Pryor and his fiancee, Ms. Joi Whitfield, glow with that insanity that is the ultimate sanity: love.

EDITORIAL: A report’s fine, but …

posted: 12/15/2014 6:41 a.m. Comment 1

There may be some room for praise after that latest report from the Division of Youth Services last week — some room.

Don't need no stinkin' facts

posted: 12/15/2014 4 a.m. Comments 6

Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon calls liberalism a hoax. The Hoover Institution's Victor Davis Hanson calls it lying for the cause.


posted: 12/15/2014 2:42 a.m. Comments 3

Insanity just across border

Others say: Don't forget Libya

posted: 12/15/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Growing violence and destruction have marked Libya's collapse as a nation since the United States intervened alongside the resistance to the rule of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Columnists: First, defeat the Islamic State

posted: 12/15/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

It is clear that our efforts to defeat the Islamic State have been inadequate. Half-measures will not work against a growing threat from radical Islamists that are uniting fractured terrorist groups around the world under one banner.


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