Governor pro tem

The art of doing nothing at all

Subscriber onlyGentle Reader might not have noticed it, but this state had a different governor for a few peaceful days while other Republican bigwigs were off to attend the party's national convention in Cleveland, where the air was full of commotion. But thanks to Acting Governor Jonathan Dismang, who's ordinarily president pro tem of the state Senate, nobody missed them a bit. Thanks to him, it was an ordinary day at a time when events across the country were extraordinary in terms of violence, protests, and all the other effluvia of a country in turmoil. There are times when no news is the best news--and the best sign of real leadership. What a wonder: a politician who doesn't run to the television cameras but away from them. Continue reading...

In a stadium stew

Uh, are those seats gold-plated?

Subscriber onlyOK, I'll admit it right up front. I don't know squat about football squads. I can't tell you the difference between a tight end and a tightwad. The end zone and the Twilight Zone. A field goal and a field holler. Or a quarterback from Nickelback. (Except I do have two Nickelback CDs. All the Right Reasons is awesome.) Continue reading...

No limits on abuse

Subscriber onlyPlace me squarely in the camp that believes protecting the elderly and most dependent among us in nursing homes far outweighs the desire of the group calling itself Health Care Access for Arkansans to limit the amount of legal damages such facilities must pay to residents they victimize through neglect or abuse. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyThanks for hard work Continue reading...

Commentary: Send in the colonel

Womack picked for tough job

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansan who mattered most at the GOP convention got booed. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyBeware of incremental gun control measures Continue reading...

Why let death win?

The rush to executions

Subscriber onlyARKANSAS’ governor is now rushing to execute inmates on Death Row before the shelf-life of a drug runs out. It’s one of the drugs—potassium chloride—used to put a prisoner to death. Why the rush to fatal judgment? Can this be the same Asa Hutchinson who once patiently waited out a besieged bunch of crazies till they left their fortress peacefully and, most important, alive? Continue reading...

Letters to the Editor

Subscriber onlyWhy Cruz is the unsung hero at GOP Convention Continue reading...

Letters to the Editor

Subscriber onlyStop rewarding irresponsible behavior Continue reading...

Letters to the Editor

Subscriber onlyBeware of incremental Continue reading...

Value for dollars

Pharmacists vital link in care

Subscriber onlyThe July 1st article "Arkansas Works tab put at $300M more" cited the "rising cost of prescription drugs" as the primary reason for the increase in the estimated cost of the program. The average person reading the article might misconstrue that the "rising cost of prescription drugs" implied that the pharmacists and pharmacies are being paid too much for their services. Continue reading...

Make America solvent

Subscriber onlyFor decades, I've wondered aloud why crime hasn't been more of a national issue during elections. Violent crime rates were much higher in the 1990s, for example, but the platforms of both parties gave it the shortest of shrift. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyRespect for the police Continue reading...

Ask what you can do for …

Subscriber onlyIf there’s one thing we learned from the first day of the Republican National Convention it’s that we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. Continue reading...

Watch out

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the loose

Subscriber onlyA JUSTICE of the U.S. Supreme Court has been sharing her political opinions far and wide of late, but that’s scarcely new. Her Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t nuts, just honest. Continue reading...

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