Editorial columns

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    A defense against H.L. Mencken

    Richard Butler saw John Gould Fletcher hours before Fletcher drowned himself in a pond near Johnswood, the west Little Rock property he shared with Charlie May…

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    Schools need to enforce attendance rules

    Worry is part of being human, and in many cases constructive worrying is a catalyst for positive changes. However, most of our worrying is wasted brain energy,…

  • A bright light on single motherhood

    Despite the fact that 47 percent of Americans think single mothers are bad for society, becoming one made my life and my children's lives much better. This was…

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    The vulnerable are not protected

    After I sent my column to the editor last week, I sent her a sentence to add at the very end. The last paragraph was about how we imagine--or in the case of th…

  • The kids are (mostly) all right

    Recent surveys underscoring the prevalence of mental health challenges among young people leave me very concerned, not just about the findings but also about c…

  • Has America had enough of leadership?

    In 1998, Madeleine Albright, then the secretary of state, called the United States the "indispensable nation." She meant that this country, armed with unmatcha…

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    OPINION | REX NELSON: The leaf munchers

    It wasn't duck season yet, but I was like a child on Christmas morning when Woodruff County Judge Michael John Gray took me to the lodge for the Coca Cola Wood…

  • COLUMNIST: Let aid workers into Gaza

    In the battered streets of Gaza, the air is thick with despair. Families, stripped of their livelihoods due to the conflict, now plead for the most basic needs…

  • OPINION | RITA RIBEIRO: The first tooth

    Numerous studies show the health of your teeth and gums plays a major role in your overall health and well-being. When it comes to your child's teeth, it's nev…

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    OPINION | REX NELSON: Saving a river

    At the urging of Arkansas agricultural interests, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a project in the 1970s to dredge and straighten several miles of th…