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posted: 07/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Just when did Innocent Reader notice the recurring bad news that this state's treasurer, the (dis)Honorable Dennis Milligan, persists in describing as good news?

OPINION - Column One: What ever happened to work?

posted: 07/23/2017 1:58 a.m. Comment 1

In the current issue of First Things, Irish-born writer John Waters does indeed get back to one of the first things: work. And he wonders about what has happened to it in this post-post industrial age. And why so many men his age feel so uneasy in this world they never made, a world full of tangible objects that neither he nor anybody else fashioned but that now seem to exist only in electronic form:

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: A modest proposal

posted: 07/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

To who it might concern:

OPINION - Column One: In the news

posted: 07/16/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Apologies to those skilled editors at Arkansas' Newspaper who turn out the real In the News column on the front page every day in a feat of both selection and compression that is harder than it looks. For a novice and creature of habit like me, it's a daunting assignment. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, here is my own highly opinionated version of their art.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Just for the fun of it

posted: 07/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The year was 1965, according to Thomas E. Lynch in Only Half in Fun, published in the fall 2015 issue of Modern Age, and Claire Booth Luce, a Republican congresswoman from New York who had long represented the traditional conservative values of the Republican establishment, could look over the still smoldering remains of Barry Goldwater's disastrously ideological presidential campaign and shake her head in dismay. She had much the same low opinion of New York City, which she described as "the biggest urban mess on Earth." The state of the Union that year wasn't much better.

OPINION - Column One: The crazy lady across the street

posted: 07/09/2017 2:03 a.m. Comments 2

Her name was Mrs. Culick, and the memory of her, and of my own boyhood callousness about her, haunts me now that I'm old. But back then, when I had to think of her because sometimes I could hear or see her, she was mainly a cause of shame.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: What's an education for?

posted: 07/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Little boxes on the hillside

OPINION - Column One: When words fall short

posted: 07/02/2017 2 a.m. Comments 12

That image of the smashed Ten Commandments on the state Capitol's grounds raised all kinds of questions, such as: Who really handed down the Big Ten--the Lord God or Cecil B. DeMille, the great movie maker who created his own world?

OPINION: Planning ahead for once

posted: 06/28/2017 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Just the other day, patriotic Americans were lowering their flags to half-staff of their own accord in honor of the seven sailors killed when a huge Philippine-flagged container ship crashed into their destroyer. No government agency had to tell these citizens that now was another time to mourn these honored dead.

OPINION- Column One: PAUL GREENBERG: Take me out to the ballgame

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Organ music belongs in great cathedrals. And what better or older American cathedral than a minor-league ballpark like the one in North Little Rock, Ark., with its little retro bandbox of a ballfield? That's where the Arkansas Travelers take on all comers in the AA Texas League to musical accompaniment provided by 29-year-old Trey Trimble, who takes the crowd back to an older, more innocent time.






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