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Commentary: JOHN BRUMMETT: At Face(book) value

posted: 09/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 17

We experienced a little social-media dust-up Monday.

Editorial: Wanted: a leader

posted: 09/22/2016 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Alexander Hamilton said energy in the executive is essential. That was back in what used to be called the critical period of American history--when the still new Republic was threatening to come apart, as eventually it did in the next century.

Columnists: Our predicament

posted: 09/22/2016 2:52 a.m. Comments 2

There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst candidates in living memory. A professor at Morgan State University summarized the situation by saying that the coming debates may enable voters to decide which is the "less insufferable" candidate to be president of the United States.

Editorial: The bright side of life

posted: 09/22/2016 2:52 a.m. Discuss

"I think this is the best cast of Spamalot that has ever been."

Others say: Kill this dumb idea

posted: 09/22/2016 2:51 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management faces a herculean task in trying to control the population of wild horses and burros in the West. But at least the bureau, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is not taking the easy way out. With public opinion firmly on the side of the animals, the bureau quickly decided against killing the 45,000 in custody.

Columnists: Prepping for collapse

posted: 09/22/2016 2:50 a.m. Discuss

The world would be a better place if a revolutionary tribunal in the near future sent North Korea's Kim Jong Un and his henchmen to the gallows. Kim's subjects are so malnourished that North Koreans are notably shorter than their South Korean cousins. The state's gulags are so large, you can see them from space. Survivors of those camps have testified that fellow prisoners withered away from starvation.

Guest writer: Labor-saving trade

posted: 09/22/2016 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Democracy makes savvy people stupid, at least when they act politically. Several things account for it: the demonstrable impotence of any one vote, the consequent futility and hence wastefulness of acquiring information, the dispersal of the costs of government, and the resulting theatrical mood-setting farces called election campaigns.

Arkansas Sportsman: Gator hunt thrills Roland sportsman

posted: 09/22/2016 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Lance Williams of Roland has enjoyed some memorable deer hunts in Arkansas, but none compared to his first alligator hunt Friday near Mineral Springs.

REX NELSON: Eat up, Arkansas

posted: 09/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

We stood in the large kitchen adjacent to the Janet Huckabee Grand Hall at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion that Friday afternoon to make an announcement foodies have been waiting on for years: There's about to be an Arkansas Food Hall of Fame.

Editorial: A stronger defense

posted: 09/21/2016 2:57 a.m. Comment 1

Shades of Charles the Great de Gaulle and the late not-so-great-Cold War--for just as that long twilight struggle was getting under way the fabled general and president announced that he was pulling his country out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Column: Leave 'em laughing

posted: 09/21/2016 2:57 a.m. Comments 2

One of the older and sillier conventions in the literary world is that a woman writer must make her female characters likable or even comic in order for her fame to endure. That piece of bad advice has been antiquated at least since Sappho. Or as Somerset Maugham phrased it when passing on that dubious notion, make the reader "laugh and he will think you a trivial fellow, but bore him in the right way and your reputation is assured." That thesis has been convincingly refuted once again by the continuing popularity of Dawn Powell, whose great character is not a person but a whole neighborhood: Greenwich Village in the 1960s.

Editorial: Pay as we go

posted: 09/21/2016 2:56 a.m. Comments 2

What's this--can the state's transportation department be thinking of relaxing its iron grip on the state's highway system and turning over a bit of it to private enterprise? Will miracles never cease?

Others say: The Donald's big lie

posted: 09/21/2016 2:55 a.m. Comments 10

What Donald Trump popularized as a Big Lie--the birther myth about President Barack Obama--is now a shibboleth among his followers and many Republicans. It matters not a whit that Trump has finally, for blatant political purposes, admitted that the president was born in the United States; large numbers of his partisans, and of Republicans generally, still don't believe Obama has a legitimate claim to the office he has held for nearly eight years.

Columnists: The stories this museum will tell

posted: 09/21/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Lewis Fraction never imagined that his death would help inspire work toward a museum on the Mall.

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