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OPINION: In the hall of ... shame?

posted: 09/24/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Each Wednesday I speak on the issues of the day to a retirees' class. The big news last week was the resurgent Republican effort in the U.S. Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.


posted: 09/24/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Forestall the kneeling

OPINION — Editorial: Fun with numbers

posted: 09/23/2017 2:10 a.m. Comments 15

National administrations may come, national administrations may go, but self-interested bureaucrats we will always have with us. This time an outfit based--where else?--in the nation's capital of waste, fraud and taxpayer abuse says the Republicans' proposed replacement for Obamacare will mean the end of the world as we know it. Or at least an end to doctor visits. But the more we look at the so-called Graham-Cassidy plan, the more it looks as though the thing could pass, and the sky would stay right where it's located.

OPINION: Cruelty and lies

posted: 09/23/2017 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Graham-Cassidy, the health bill the Senate may vote on next week, is stunningly cruel. It's also incompetently drafted. The bill's sponsors clearly had no idea what they were doing when they put it together. Furthermore, their efforts to sell the bill involve obvious, blatant lies.

OPINION — Editorial: Others say: Don't forget Puerto Rico

posted: 09/23/2017 2:06 a.m. Discuss

News this month has been dominated by the massive storms that have roared out of the Atlantic to threaten the United States.

OPINION: Health-care bill is fair

posted: 09/23/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Before Obamacare, state governments were the chief regulators of health insurance. Obamacare put the federal government in that role. The latest Republican health-care bill, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy and others, would partially reverse that shift in authority. It would also give states the ability to allocate a lot of federal health-care dollars as they wish.

OPINION- Guest writer: 60 years later

posted: 09/23/2017 2:02 a.m. Comment 1

Sixty years ago this month, nine black students faced down a racist mob that tried to prevent them from attending the all-white Central High School in Little Rock. The photographs from that day immortalize an ugly chapter in our state's history when Arkansas used its National Guard to thwart the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing racial segregation in public schools.

OPINION: A Delta pilot project

posted: 09/23/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

The weather is perfect as we sit on the deck of the old freight depot at Arkansas City in Desha County that Robert Moore Jr. affectionately refers to as Peck's Southeast. If there's a more peaceful place to be in the Arkansas Delta on this September afternoon, I'm not aware of it.


posted: 09/23/2017 2 a.m. Comment 1

Be sensible about this

OPINION : DANA D. KELLEY: Emancipation asterisk

posted: 09/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

One of the more significant commemorations regarding the War Between the States is President Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed on this date in 1862.

OPINION - Guest writer: DAN GREENBERG: Healthy limits

posted: 09/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Should Arkansas' judiciary be answerable to no other branch of government? Or should it be part of a robust system of checks and balances? That question is at the heart of the dispute over Senate Joint Resolution 8, a tort-reform measure that voters will decide upon in next year's general election.

OPINION — Editorial : Three to two

posted: 09/22/2017 2:13 a.m. Comments 2

There are a handful of reasons not to hold elections on Election Day, and they all benefit the status quo and entrenched bureaucrats. This past week gave Arkansans the best of examples.

OPINION: Fun times

posted: 09/22/2017 2:13 a.m. Comment 1

Uh-oh. I'm starting to enjoy Donald Trump's presidency.

OPINION — Editorial: The dazed state

posted: 09/22/2017 2:12 a.m. Comments 7

At last cumulative count, Arkansas had 322 applicants for 37 licenses to grow and/or sell what's been dubbed "medical" marijuana in what used to be called the Natural State, only the rush to become legalized dope dealers is proving decidedly unnatural. Folks at the state's Finance and Administration Department now report that enterprises whose names allude to pot can be found all over Arkansas' map. Names such as Down South Dispensary, Arkansas Green Cross, Delta Cannabis Co. and Emerald's Medical Marijuana Dispensary. A fellow could get high and hazy just by reading the extensive list.

OPINION: DACA keeps schools going

posted: 09/22/2017 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Years ago, in Camden, N.J., I taught a class on contemporary politics. One day, a distressed student approached me after class. She was undocumented, she told me, and worried about applying to college.






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