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OPINION: How to corrupt yourself

posted: 11/22/2017 2:54 a.m. Discuss

It's only on stage and in other dramatic works of fiction that Evil may appear in appropriate bright-red garb. That's when Old Ned is reduced to a cartoon figure that no one really fears. There he is, speaking with forked tongue and tail to match. Holding a pitchfork and breathing fire and brimstone, he could be a character in an amateur theatrical production of a comic strip, clattering into the spotlight on his cloven hooves. Not anyone in real life or realer death. How could anyone be afraid of the Big Bad Devil? Why, he's an almost lovable character, as clumsy as he is fictive. He might as well be a kid in a Halloween skit going Boo! Big devilish deal. The only response he may get is a barely stifled yawn.

OPINION - Column One: Perishable moments

posted: 11/19/2017 2:02 a.m. Comments 4

I'm writing this after rewatching a beautifully crafted movie called A River Runs Through It. It's about trout fishing, which is like saying Gone With the Wind is about the Civil War that divided this indivisible Union for four long, terrible years. Or maybe the movie is about two brothers. Or maybe it's about memory. All your faithful correspondent can say is that it taught me a great deal not only about trout fishing but about how fleeting our time is in the evanescent world we share, and to be aware of how precious that shared time is.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: What goes up

posted: 11/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

If one of the greats in the history of mathematics and physics--Sir Isaac Newton--could act like any crazed and dazed day trader under pressure, what does that say about the chances of us ordinary folk making a killing in the stock market? It's far more likely that the market will kill us.

OPINION- Column One: Our language, our selves

posted: 11/12/2017 2:03 a.m. Comments 3

Here's the thing about about language: What isn't said can be as subtle as what is.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: The almost forgotten holiday

posted: 11/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

It was a big deal when I was growing up in the bosom of what was in spirit an orthodox Jewish congregation in Shreveport: Balfour Day.

OPINION- Column One: The runaway prosecutor

posted: 11/05/2017 1:12 a.m. Comments 21

This is where we came in, and where we left--the scene in which a special prosecutor, also known as an independent counsel, brings charges against a high-ranking politician or two. The criminalization became a familiar and odious feature of the day's news just a couple of decades ago and now it's back. Does anybody else remember how Kenneth Starr rampaged through this state's and the nation's politics? Before he was through, he'd left behind a trail of damaged reputations and lives, all done under the Ethics in Government Act that had been passed in over-reaction to the Watergate scandals.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: The mystery of the good

posted: 11/01/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

There's nothing mysterious about the existence of evil in this world. Every day's headlines and televised newscasts are full of testimony to its prevalence. But where does the impulse to do good come from? That's the unanswered question. What motivates the heroes and heroines who would risk death itself to challenge evil? Their motives may be mixed, with each instance of heroism its own saga, and worthy of study for its own sake. Since we all tend to live by the stories that ingrain themselves on our memories.

OPINION- Column One: Watch your language

posted: 10/29/2017 2:04 a.m. Discuss

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood when the sukkah mobile drove up. Sukkot, the Jewish feast of tabernacles, or booths, had arrived. And with it, all the accessories thereof in order to celebrate it in style--including a couple of rabbis and a mobile sukkah or harvest booth.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Grandpa

posted: 10/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Two out of three ain't bad. So we got to keep a couple of the grandkids while their older brother was off with their parents to enjoy the wonders of Manhattan in the brisk early fall. The kids were a joy. But what do kids in this state without loving grandparents do when they need someone to look after them and generally champion their cause? That's today's question and the answer comes in two words: Rich Huddleston.

OPINION - COLUMN ONE: Save those turkeys

posted: 10/22/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The phantom pilot who's tossed live turkeys from his airplane for 15 years now over the annual Turkey Trot Festival at Yellville is a phantom no more. Now that he's been succeeded by a different pilot flying a different aircraft, he's proudly revealed his identity. He turns out to be Dana Woods, pharmacist and alderman from Mountain View.

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