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OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: One big crime scene

posted: 08/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Construction began recently on a state park featuring a replica of an old railroad depot in Arkansas City that, at a cost of $890,000 to the state's taxpayers, should have everything to commend it except the authenticity that only time can bestow. It should also serve as a textbook example of why it's better to preserve historical sites than have to reproduce them years later.

OPINION- Column One: Death brings new life

posted: 08/13/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

At last a universal solvent has been discovered for the tears of grief shed over the death of a child, in this case Freeman Ellis Staley, who was nine months old when he died of a lung disease in 2016.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Vocabulary is all

posted: 08/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Gentle Reader who has been following the continuing confrontation between the forces of science, reason, and faith needn't require the services of Arkansas' Newspaper to decide whom to root for in what Samuel Huntington once called a clash of civilizations. It's really a choice between civilization and the latest barbarism to threaten it. And the key to this decisive battle, the Little Round Top of this ideological struggle, is words, words, words. Not only how they are used but how they are regularly abused. So that straight talk and plain dealing come not only as a relief but may provide the key to victory.

OPINION - Column One: Let's go to the dogs

posted: 08/06/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

George Orwell, best known for his dystopian glimpses of a future to be dreaded, was also a master of the light essay. In one of them, he described his favorite pub: The Moon Under Water, where an Englishman of the old school could take the family for a plowman's special that appealed to the curious English taste for snacks like liverwurst sandwiches, mussels, cheese and other tidbits that might not appeal to an American's palate but certainly did to John Bull's culinary peculiarities. All served while the customer quaffed a warm British beer in a traditional glass free of handles.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Up, up and away; insurance rates soar as health-care reform stalls

posted: 08/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

They were separate stories on the front page of Arkansas' Newspaper the other day but they were part of the same go-for-broke pattern. And indeed the whole system is going broke. While still another attempt to reform health care in Washington flickered out because the Republicans in the congressional majority can't seem to get their act together, Blue Cross and Blue Shield was asking for a 7.8 percent increase in its rates for buyers of health insurance in this state.

OPINION - Column One: Shame the devil

posted: 07/30/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Shame is an emotion that may be most powerful in the younger years of our sinful species, requiring peers to look on our performance with either envy or a shared sense of satisfaction.


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.






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