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Column: The last supper

posted: 05/04/2016 3:06 a.m. Discuss

God bless 'em all, they held the last Passover seder ever in Pine Bluff Friday night before last, departing in haste just as our ancestors had left Egypt's fleshpots.

Column One: Confession

posted: 05/01/2016 2:21 a.m. Comments 4

I don't know how to begin, but I do know how I want it to end. Soon.

Column: Ride on, General!

posted: 04/27/2016 3:07 a.m. Comments 7

The decision out of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ought to be styled History vs. Mob Rule (2016). For once a federal court order may have calmed and clarified a long and rancorous dispute instead of inflaming it. It's issued an injunction against that city's moving its storied old statues from their customary places in Lee Circle, though this is scarcely the end of a struggle that has gone on even longer than The War itself. It's been not just a legal but a social, racial and political conflict with more than its full share of violence and destruction. An irrepressible conflict, to borrow a view of one historian. Which would make it much like Southern history itself, which, lest we forget, also has its close bonds of shared affection among black and white. not to mention Other now.

Column One: Willie

posted: 04/24/2016 2:10 a.m. Discuss

In 1963 the late great Patrick J. Owens, my predecessor as editorial page editor of the old Pine Bluff Commercial, was sure to get a Pulitzer. He'd been told so confidentially. By someone who knew. He couldn't miss. He was a cinch. The champagne was chilled and ready to serve.

Column: Mediscare

posted: 04/20/2016 3:03 a.m. Comments 10

It came like a breath of fresh air in a smoke-filled room when Jeremy Gillam, speaker of the Arkansas House, said it: "We're all in this together. We're going to succeed as a state. We're going to fail as a state." And added that any pain involved in cutting the state's budget should be "shared equally in a responsible manner."

Column One: For whom the bell still tolls

posted: 04/17/2016 2:14 a.m. Comment 1

Don't look for any happy ending here. Or any ending. The debate over the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) can be expected to last as long as there are isolationists and interventionists arguing over American foreign policy, that is, approximately forever.

Column: Annals of fraud

posted: 04/13/2016 3:04 a.m. Comments 3

When a penny-ante operator is caught swindling Medicaid, he risks being caught, convicted and maybe incarcerated, mere "white-collar" criminal though he be. Then it's off to the hoosegow with him! But let a respectable governor like The Hon. Asa Hutchinson propose adding hundreds of thousands of additional beneficiaries to the Medicaid rolls, and he's a reformer complete with a legislative agenda.

Column One: Down with equality

posted: 04/10/2016 1:54 a.m. Comments 8

How fares the good ship U.S.S. America in these tumultuous times and roiling waters? Our current captain seems to grow more insistent on following the course he's set even if it leads to failure after failure. Maybe that's why his signature accomplishment is becoming his signature failure. See the continuing misadventures of Obamacare, a tax disguised as a social-welfare program.

Column: Scalia's greatest dissent

posted: 04/06/2016 3:02 a.m. Comments 2

How strange. The brass-knuckle, bare-fisted, no-holds bout to determine who will succeed the late Antonin Scalia as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court has been throwing off sparks at every turn. But I can remember wondering what all the fuss was about when he handed down his lone dissent in Morrison v. Olson decades ago.

Column One: My Chicago

posted: 04/03/2016 2:06 a.m. Discuss

On State Street, that great street, just wanna say/They do things they don't do on Broadway/Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town . . . A glancing reference earlier to my time writing editorials for the late, and by the time I got there, not-so-great Chicago Daily News brought an unexpected bonus: A list of questions from a Chicagoan who, embracing the better part of valor, decamped to beautiful Northwest Arkansas. Like so many ex-Chicagoans.

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