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OPINION: Who's a conservative?

posted: 09/20/2017 2:53 a.m. Comments 14

Rush Limbaugh--yes, he's still going around and around on your radio dial. True to his name, he's still rushing in where angels fear to go. And he still tends to leap to every conclusion in sight except the sensible one. Just the other day, he decried the rush of anyone with good sense and/or a good memory to get out of Hurricane Irma's blustering, shattering and battering way and head for higher ground.

OPINION - Column One: Samantha, you are not forgotten

posted: 09/17/2017 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Her name was Samantha Olson, and anybody who ever set eyes on her was sure to fall in love with this 31-year-old mother of one who was shot to death in August 2013 for no apparent reason. That's the part of her story that still mystifies her friends, family and the North Little Rock police--who aren't about to call her death a closed case. "Samantha Olson was totally innocent," as Captain Brian Scott of that city's police department puts it. "She was just driving down the road, just like anybody else could be driving down the road."

OPINION: Here's how it works

posted: 09/13/2017 2:58 a.m. Comment 1

The front-page article in Arkansas' Newspaper Sept. 7 relayed the bad news along with the good. For it turns out to be a simple matter of supply and demand. "Arkansas students' scores on college entrance exam dip," announced the headline. But it was offset by the good news in the subhead: "11th-grader ranks taking ACT swell."

Opinion - Column One: Which do you prefer?

posted: 09/10/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

The black or white Madonna of Chartres cathedral in France--neither or both? Your call. Of this much there should be no doubt: Historical preservation is a cause well worth supporting. But which part of that history is best preserved? Just selected slices of it? And if so, which ones would you choose to save, new or old or a mix? Let's hope we can all agree on one thing: The novel concept of brand new history is an obvious contradiction in terms.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: A higher education

posted: 09/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The worldwide cataclysm came to be known as the Second World War even though it was really only the second act of the first. It might as well have been called A Tragedy in Two Acts. In 1943, before the war closed with a couple of horrific nuclear explosions over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an historian at Yale named George Pierson conceived, edited and released a report titled A Planned Experiment in Liberal Education.

OPINION- Column One: Write your own news

posted: 09/03/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

It's no big trick, writing your own news--and opinion to boot--for Arkansas' Newspaper. Your crystal ball may be in the shop for repairs at the moment, but if the past is prologue, it really doesn't matter. History doesn't repeat itself, as Mark Twain was reputed have said, but it does rhyme. Gentle Reader need only follow this guide, and he will produce his own column of news and opinion that'll fill the bill to the column inch. Like so:

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Hurry up and sign, he says

posted: 08/30/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

There are times when The Hon. Asa Hutchinson, chief executive of the supposedly sovereign state of Arkansas, can sound more like a cheap used-car salesman putting the pressure on some sucker who's about to buy an overpriced jalopy under the impression he's getting a helluva deal--and had better sign on the dotted line before closing time.

OPINION- Column One: Great teachers I have known

posted: 08/27/2017 2:08 a.m. Discuss

It's not easy to choose the most ignorant comment of the month during these dog days of August, but surely a remark by the Hon. Paul LePage, governor and ignoramus-in-chief of the Great State of Maine, must rank up or rather down there. He dismissed teachers as "a dime a dozen" employees as he opened a new vocational school in his state. If only that were so, but it isn't--especially in his state, which is facing a shortage of teachers, not a surplus. Quality never comes cheap, especially in education, and good teachers are as scarce as ever in this country.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: In the Army again

posted: 08/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The year was 1959 and the Second World War had just ended in the previous decade. Or rather the curtain had just fallen on the second act of the First World War, aka the Great War, and a hero of that war--Dwight David Eisenhower--was safely in the White House and all was well with the country. Though not to hear his repeated opponent, Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois, tell it. We the outnumbered Young Republicans on American campuses were still humming a little ditty inspired by the Pepsodent radio and television commercials of the time: "Elect Stevenson pres-i-dent and you'll wonder where the-country-went."

OPINION- Column One: Why, oh why?

posted: 08/20/2017 1:59 a.m. Comments 4

Why does each day's edition of Arkansas' Newspaper carry just enough news and opinion to fill every column inch, neither more nor less but exactly? And here's a clue: The usually unheralded geniuses on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's copy desk know how to condense all the news and opinion to custom-fit.

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