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Column: Art made in USA

posted: 01/18/2017 3:11 a.m. Discuss

From the founding, this country's leaders have concentrated on conceiving and executing an art worthy of this ever being born-again country. This century promises to be no less self-conscious or self-dedicated. If all men are created equal, why not all nations, each with its own artistic heritage to preserve, maintain and continue?

Column One: Call the Sanhedrin to order

posted: 01/15/2017 1:56 a.m. Comments 9

In a galaxy light-years away, a meeting of the Sanhedrin was being opened with the blessing over bread in one of the 77 known space-languages, 154 recognized inter-galactic dialects, and countless murmurs all around. "You call this bread?" the distinguished delegate from one of the planets circling Alpha Centauri stage-whispered to the various other dignitaries seated around him. "Give me some good old algae any time," he added, shaking his tentacles for emphasis, his several mouths beginning to water at the very memory. For each Friday evening, he would come home to find the breakfast nook covered with copies of the Daily Planet lest he leave a trail of slime as he slithered across the floor. He sighed in remembrance of a time gone by long ago. "And you call this bread!" he repeated lest anyone had failed to hear him the first time.

Column: PAUL GREENBERG: Written on the snow

posted: 01/11/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

It was cold as death out there on Arkansas' snowy then icy streets, roads and highways over the weekend. It was one thing to go walking through a winter wonderland with the family at your side, the kids on their new sleds, but quite another to get in a car and go slip-sliding all over God's creation and maybe over a cliff.

Column One: New year, new justice

posted: 01/08/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

In a candid interview with Arkansas' Newspaper just before Christmas Day, the incoming chief justice of the state's Supreme Court leveled with readers about what they could expect from his administration of the high court. That's right: his administration of the court, not any judicial decisions he and his colleagues would be handing down. All of that, the Hon. Dan Kemp is judicious enough to know, should be reserved till the court's decisions are handed down. Conversations in chambers should remain just that: in chambers. That way, the justices can float their best ideas, and their worst, without making them the law of the land, or rather state.

Column One: A look ahead

posted: 01/04/2017 3:07 a.m. Comment 1

The Hon. Asa Hutchinson, governor and chief architect of the coming year's legislative agenda, has given us a peek at his priorities. Some of those priorities can't help but appeal to those of us inclined to favor what has worked in the past and disfavor those that haven't.


posted: 01/01/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

The road to the Other Place is paved with New Year's resolutions. The skeptic sees the new year as but an opportunity to renew old habits. A believer named G.K. Chesterton saw it differently: "The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul ... Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterwards."

Commentary: PAUL GREENBERG: What is Chanukah?

posted: 12/28/2016 2:26 a.m. Comment 1

It's starting to look a lot like Chanukah. Indeed, tonight we light the fifth candle of Chanukah, for it's the fifth night of this minor eight-day Jewish holiday that's become a major one in our time. Maybe because of its proximity to Christmas and the demand for some kind of Jewish equivalent.

Column One: Memories of a Jew's Christmas

posted: 12/25/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Every year there's a tasteless debate online about whether Jews should take notice of Christmas and, if so, how? But how could Jews not notice Christmas? Its spirit is everywhere, and our neighbors' joy should be our own.

Commentary: PAUL GREENBERG: Tell us

posted: 12/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

There are some dates everybody remembers. National holidays, Christmas and New Year's and the like. Festive dates and dates not so. Birthdays, wedding anniversaries, the day your mother died. All personal markers. Some dates are historical markers. December 7, 1941. November 22, 1963. September 11, 2001. And still others are both personal and shared with your community. Because you've resolved not to forget them--or let others forget them. Like December 21st.

Column One: Cue the season

posted: 12/18/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Can't you feel it? The Christmas spirit was making inroads even before Thanksgiving was over, making believers of everybody from ordinarily hard-hearted repo men to always loving moms:






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