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posted: 05/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Hold on, Dear Reader, for here come some capsule-sized comments on developments reported of late by Arkansas' Newspaper.

OPINION - Column One: Scandals here, there and everywhere

posted: 05/21/2017 1:58 a.m. Comments 2

Call it the political equivalent of supply-side economics: The supply of scandal in the news always rises to meet the demand. But as in the economy, inflation soon sets in and each scandal seems to have less effect on a public grown insensitive. For if everything is a scandal, then nothing is. And what’s supposed to shock no longer does. Especially when a president at the center of the supposed firestorm seems to be enjoying it as he tweets merrily along.


posted: 05/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Ariel Romero came to Arkansas from Honduras with his missionary parents when he was 6 years old. Technically he was an alien; he just didn't realize it till a decade later when he applied for a driver's license. Papers or not, he would go on with his thus far signally successful life, first at Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville where he was valedictorian of his high school class. He was able to avoid deportation thanks to a federal policy--Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals--and this country was able to avoid losing a promising immigrant.

OPINION - Column One: We are indeed different

posted: 05/14/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

American exceptionalism has become part of the country's creed. Like so many other unique aspects of this continental power, it was first noted by foreigners, who seem able to discern things about us that we natives don't notice.


posted: 05/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

If there is a single statewide figure responsible for finally getting Arkansas some clear rules and regulations for impeaching its public officials, it's got to be the well-known if not notorious Hon./Rev. Wendell L. Griffen, counselor-at-law and general embarrassment. It was his stunts on the bench and off, in the pulpit and out, that finally drove this state's Legislature at its last session to codify the state's rules for impeaching public officials.

OPINION - Column One: Play ball!

posted: 05/07/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

He was the most improbable and entertaining of sages, but Casey Stengel's life and the man's boundless love of it still holds up--even in an era in which baseball, the thinking man's game, has been replaced by brutish football as the national pastime. For ours is an era that may drown us in soulless data while ignoring the zest, the beauty, and sheer joy of life.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Bad law and worse sense

posted: 05/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Don't say he was opposing capital punishment when he ruled against it. Why, no, not at all, His Honor Wendell Griffen explained. Kind of. According to him, he was only deciding a dispute over property rights--even if the property in question happened to be one of the drugs that the state of Arkansas would use to empty death row by the simple expedient of putting its occupants to death one after the other or, when rushed, in pairs or even threesomes.

OPINION - Column One: The Delta must stand on its own

posted: 04/30/2017 2 a.m. Comments 18

No wonder it's shocking news. It seems this still new president may have meant what he said about cutting waste and fat out of the federal budget, which means putting the multi-state Delta Regional Authority out of business. Who ever heard of such a thing? For here's a federal anti-poverty agency actually shutting its doors after all those years of benefiting mainly the anti-poverty workers who drew paychecks for staying on the payroll in one exalted capacity or another.


posted: 04/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A is for Arkansas, that dear old state of ours, where the politicians play all day and the land is filled with flowers.

OPINION - COLUMN ONE: Mind of a killer

posted: 04/23/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Put yourself in his place. You'd understand that his job took some planning. It's serious business, killing. It's an exacting art and demanding science. But truth to tell, he rather enjoyed the challenge--or he'd never taken up this hobby. Killing brought out his talent for planning and then, literally, execution. Everybody who knew him well, though nobody did, would say he was good at meeting both of those challenges, not that anybody took enough interest in him to wonder what was really going through his clever mind. Which was just fine with him.






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