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Column: Last American in Damascus

posted: 05/25/2016 3:02 a.m. Comments 2

To many of us, Syrians are only the latest problem of the day, and the same goes for Europeans as they try to deal with the Syrians trying to get around the barriers put up at every crossing point on the continent. Their futile hope: to somehow make it to some port that will afford them access to the ocean wide, and from there to America, America, which still beckons like a torch held aloft.

Column One: The Grim Sleeper

posted: 05/22/2016 2:02 a.m. Comment 1

History doesn't repeat itself, Mark Twain among many others is supposed to have observed, but it rhymes.

Column: Here come the Irresponsibles

posted: 05/19/2016 2:56 a.m. Comments 6

There are those who are willing to benefit by taxes but balk at paying them. Which is understandable, just not admirable. The whole state would benefit if the highways that connect all of us are improved not just piecemeal but as part of a coherent, continuing plan that grows as the state does. Or would that be unspeakably sensible?

Column: What's new? The old

posted: 05/18/2016 3:06 a.m. Comment 1

There's no future like the past, to hear the executive director of the Arkansas Delta Byways tourist association, and she's right. At least as far as tourism is concerned. Lest we forget, tourism is big business throughout this state. Why not in the much too long ignored Delta, too?

Column One: Time warp

posted: 05/15/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

"Owney Madden's the name, crime boss is the game. Hot Springs, Ark., was my territory, the way Chicago was Capone's, and New York was Lucky Luciano's."

Column: Looking for trouble

posted: 05/11/2016 3:08 a.m. Comments 6

Asked about the greatest challenges facing American society, my response used to be glib enough: It all boiled down to the same three factors that determined the value of any piece of real estate. They were, in order of importance: location, location and location. But I'm not so sure any more. About anything.

Column One: Baseball daze

posted: 05/08/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

It's that time of year again when life begins anew for the remaining fans of what used to be the national pasttime. My late father-in-law, Robert E. Levy of first Waco and before that Marlin, Texas, would visit every spring bearing stories about the New York Giants and their legendary player-manager and all-around resident genius John J. McGraw, his old friend.

Column: The last supper

posted: 05/04/2016 3:06 a.m. Discuss

God bless 'em all, they held the last Passover seder ever in Pine Bluff Friday night before last, departing in haste just as our ancestors had left Egypt's fleshpots.

Column One: Confession

posted: 05/01/2016 2:21 a.m. Comments 4

I don't know how to begin, but I do know how I want it to end. Soon.

Column: Ride on, General!

posted: 04/27/2016 3:07 a.m. Comments 7

The decision out of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ought to be styled History vs. Mob Rule (2016). For once a federal court order may have calmed and clarified a long and rancorous dispute instead of inflaming it. It's issued an injunction against that city's moving its storied old statues from their customary places in Lee Circle, though this is scarcely the end of a struggle that has gone on even longer than The War itself. It's been not just a legal but a social, racial and political conflict with more than its full share of violence and destruction. An irrepressible conflict, to borrow a view of one historian. Which would make it much like Southern history itself, which, lest we forget, also has its close bonds of shared affection among black and white. not to mention Other now.

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