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The forgotten ally

If this is how to help a friend in need . . .

Subscriber onlyThe story would have been good for a knowing smile if it had appeared in a satirical publication like the Onion, but this item comes from the least Onion-y paper around--the straight-faced Wall Street Journal. And it wasn't kidding: Continue reading...

Of methods and manners

Subscriber onlyThe good news is that Arkansas' legislature is taking education seriously this session. Two good bills have already passed the General Assembly and been signed into law by our education-minded governor. One would require that every high school in the state offer a computer-science course, a minimal requirement for equipping the state's students to compete in a 21st Century economy. The other would emphasize a 19th Century skill that needs reviving in our time: cursive handwriting. Continue reading...

Longevity in 100 steps

Subscriber onlyWant to live to age 115? Emma Morano, an Italian woman born in 1899, shared her secrets: Eat three raw eggs every day, and stay single. Also, move to a milder climate. "The doctor told me to change air," she told the New York Times. "And I'm still here." Continue reading...

Wanted: new ideas for ISIS

Subscriber onlyThis is the stark reality we now face in the turbulent era of the Islamic State: Continue reading...

The new civil war

How rude!

Subscriber onlyNote to readers: I'm taking some time off. The original version of this column appeared Jan. 8, 2014. Continue reading...

Shame of Hot Springs

Subscriber onlyOn the night of Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, I sat down at my desk and wrote a blog post headlined "The Shame of Hot Springs." I took Arkansans to task for having allowed the most iconic stretch of street in the state--Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs--to deteriorate through the decades. The impetus for the post had been the boarding up of the windows earlier that week at the empty Majestic Hotel. The following day, more people visited my Southern Fried blog than on any other day in its five years of existence. Something had clearly struck a chord with Arkansans. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlySkip the histrionics For many, many years I have enjoyed your newspaper and the unusually artistic and relevant cartoons of John Deering. However, I think his recent depiction of Bill O'Reilly killing history, factuality, and journalism was biased, over the top, and beneath his stature. Continue reading...

The governor and LR schools

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson nominated on Monday a former religious preschool operator from Mountain Home to run the Little Rock public schools. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Senate panel sets sights on Collins' campus carry bill

Judiciary Committee gets turn on Collins’ campus carry bill

Subscriber onlyThe Senate's Judiciary Committee is the most likely barrier to legislation that would allow concealed carry on the state's college and university campuses. Continue reading...

Editorial: Lots of upraised thumbs a good sign for region

Lots of upraised thumbs a good sign for region

Subscriber onlySpeaker of the House John Boehner gave a thumbs up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress Tuesday. President Obama gave it a thumbs down, but the prime minister gave it anyway. It just goes to show how people can see the same event from very different perspectives. Continue reading...

Commentary: Country becoming ungovernable.

Shakeup needs to happen to get federal system on track

Subscriber onlyThe American republic has limped past being dysfunctional and stumbled into being ungovernable. Even if you hate the government, this situation should concern you because it means big problems aren't being addressed, while new ones are being created. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyWouldn’t hydrogen be great? The news article “Study reviews risks of fuel-laden trains” in the Feb. 23 edition of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette had some alarming data that did not get the attention it deserves. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyVoter apathy Continue reading...

Which right is right?

Subscriber onlyLet us explore the supposed conflict between a right to discriminate and the right to hold religious beliefs and act on them. Continue reading...

An odd case indeed

The problem is hard to determine

Subscriber onlyI'm still scratching my woolly noggin over the odd news story last week about the Fayetteville police officer who's contesting a reprimand and a 30-day suspension before the city's Civil Service Commission. Continue reading...

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