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Paul Greenberg

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Column One: Education and its discontents

posted: 08/28/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Once upon a time a liberal education was just that--an education that liberated man from ignorance and made him fit to govern himself as a citizen.

Column: A short story a day

posted: 08/24/2016 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Have you noticed? There's a classic American short story every day in the paper. It can be found in the small type of the classified ads under the Personals, and its author could be a combination of Miss Lonelyhearts, Flannery O'Connor and one of today's evangelists seeking to spread the Word. Why? For love or money or maybe a mix of both.

Column one: Here's to the family!

posted: 08/21/2016 1:56 a.m. Comments 14

How did a country boy named Tom Cotton from Yell County here in Arkansas turn out to be Harvard material, a U.S. Army Ranger who distinguished himself in combat during two tours of duty in the Middle East, and a United States senator who's now being talked up as a presidential candidate four years from now? By then, Americans can hope, all the dust stirred up by both the Clinton and Trump presidential camps this disappointing year may have dissipated and perspective will have been restored.

Columnists: P.T. Barnum reincarnated

posted: 08/17/2016 2:54 a.m. Comments 8

Long before there was Donald Trump, there was Phineas Taylor Barnum, whose name has become synonymous with clap and trap, buncombe and blather. And long before The Donald had written a best-seller of a book devoted to the art of the deal, P. T. Barnum had written a better-selling one titled The Art of Money-Getting, Or Success in Life in which he set down rules for business and making a fortune.

COLUMN ONE: Pay no mind to the static

posted: 08/14/2016 2:05 a.m. Comments 8

With apologies to Walter Winchell

Column: Fakes galore

posted: 08/10/2016 3:08 a.m. Comments 51

Long before there was a Donald Trump, there was a genius of an American demagogue who'd put him in the shade today. And long before there was a Hillary Clinton of Clinton Inc. to express horror at The Donald's rise, there was a Standard Oil, Inc. to shudder at the prospect of a Huey Long as the Kingfish of American politics.

Column One: Barbie tells all

posted: 08/07/2016 1:51 a.m. Comments 2

Which will win out--nature or nurture? It's a question at least as old as Shakespeare and as new as who will direct Barbie's latest make-over. Surely some sociologist somewhere has already explored the socio-economic significance of Barbie's changing appearance through the years. And now the little doll with the big appeal is undergoing still another make-over. The result may tell us less about what little girls want than about what their upwardly mobile moms and dads will buy for them.

Column: The indispensable fuel

posted: 08/03/2016 3:05 a.m. Comments 10

Call it the corpse that refuses to die. There are a lot of reasons why petroleum, the indispensable fuel, is making still another comeback after the experts had solemnly pronounced it dead and were preparing to conduct a graveside service over its remains. Oil was supposed to have been done in long ago by green fuels, solar panels, wind power, or some other wondrous substitute. All of which proved not quite so wonderful--and no real substitute at all.

Column One: A welcome to our new Americans

posted: 07/31/2016 2:02 a.m. Discuss

This threatens to be the Year of Fear on the campaign trail as Donald Trump meets every effort to demonize him with an opposite but equal effort to stereotype Hillary Clinton. Once upon a time, when there was far more to fear about the future, a president named Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. Instead he raised the bright banner of hope and, under it, brought the country through the Great Depression and then a great world war. His was the voice of hope. It still resounds. Want to hear it? Then attend a citizenship ceremony at any courthouse, municipal auditorium or amphitheater near you. Like the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, Ark., where a hundred new citizens were sworn in last week.

Columnist: What’s in a name?

posted: 07/27/2016 2:58 a.m. Comments 3

The name games continue. Consider just one example: Arkansas Works, which is what Governor Asa Hutchinson calls his plan to switch more Arkansans to Medicaid. The state was hooked when the Feds agreed to pay the full cost of expanding Medicaid--but only until next year. Then the state's taxpayers will have to pay first 5 percent, then 10 percent of the cost over the next five years. It turns out that the much ballyhooed Private Option was always a public one--and not optional at all. The cost to Arkansas taxpayers will mount every year. Just as skeptics warned when Arkansas accepted this sucker's deal.

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