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OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Child's play

posted: 04/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A is for Arkansas, that dear old state of ours, where the politicians play all day and the land is filled with flowers.

OPINION - COLUMN ONE: Mind of a killer

posted: 04/23/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Put yourself in his place. You'd understand that his job took some planning. It's serious business, killing. It's an exacting art and demanding science. But truth to tell, he rather enjoyed the challenge--or he'd never taken up this hobby. Killing brought out his talent for planning and then, literally, execution. Everybody who knew him well, though nobody did, would say he was good at meeting both of those challenges, not that anybody took enough interest in him to wonder what was really going through his clever mind. Which was just fine with him.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Letter from the madhouse

posted: 04/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Have I gone crazy or has the State of Arkansas?

OPINION - Column One: Being wrong about race

posted: 04/16/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Back when I was editorial page editor of the Pine Bluff Commercial, it was clear from the day I got to town that I was one of those wild-eyed integrationists who was out to mix the races, destroy Our Southern Way of Life, and defy the divine origins of racial segregation. And I was hopelessly Jewish, too. To all of which charges I pled guilty, and not only declined to throw myself on the mercy of the court but--horrors!--hoped to make the courts color blind, too. Until one day, some day, we would all overcome together.

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

posted: 04/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

It was a grand occasion recently when this state's governor and educator-in-chief helped dedicate a brand-new factory for education on the campus of North Little Rock High School. For it's a new day in this state's educational history, and the governor's remarks indicate it's going to be cloudy with frequent showers and low visibility.

OPINION - COLUMN ONE: Living in the real world

posted: 04/09/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Tomorrow night we quit Egypt at last, and strike out for the Promised Land. It's the first night of Passover, the first night of freedom.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Suckers galore

posted: 04/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

As of Sunday morning, the day after April Fool's Day, the winningest lottery ticket yet recorded in this state's foolish history of gambling--a jackpot of $177 million--was waiting to be turned in. No doubt a lot of suckers out there felt the green-eyed monster called envy tighten its hold on their grasping souls as they read all about it in Arkansas' Newspaper, unaware not only of the immense odds against their hitting the jackpot but that the fix was already in, since the only sure winner in this sucker's game is the house.

OPINION - Column One: April Fool's came late this year

posted: 04/02/2017 1:58 a.m. Comments 5

It was wholly a pleasure to hear from a fellow editorial writer over in beautiful North Carolina a decade ago. How nice to know that a letter to the editor we published here in Arkansas' Newspaper was being cited all over the Internet. I'd gathered as much from the flood of emails at the time wondering if that letter could be for real.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Bloody Arkansas

posted: 03/29/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

It's easy enough to be in favor of the death penalty for abstract reasons. There's revenge, for one, which goes under the alias of justice. There's obedience to the letter of the law rather than its spirit. There are at least as many reasons to favor the death penalty in legalistic debate as there are prisoners waiting to be lined up and killed, all of whom have names, families, friends and a grave waiting to receive their lifeless bodies once they're put to death:

OPINION - Column One: R. E. Lee, unperson

posted: 03/26/2017 1:59 a.m. Comments 23

Behold: How good it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! But there's a catch--that little word unity. The Arkansas House recently approved a bill, by a vote of 66-11, to divide those of us who venerate the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. from those of us who still worship at the shrine of Robert E. Lee.

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