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My own speech code

Subscriber onlyNow it is The Hon. Barack Obama who has run afoul the Language Police after using the forbidden word in an interview the other day, even if only to warn against its use. "It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public," the president opined. Naturally he drew fire from our instant censors, who demanded that he find a way around the unspeakable word if he couldn't drop it entirely. Continue reading...

Do it yourself

Case for women car mechanics

Subscriber onlyAfter 12 years working as an engineer for a Fortune 500 company, I quit my management job to become an auto mechanic. I traded high heels and an air-conditioned office for boots, Dickies and grime-covered hands. The reason was simple: I was tired of feeling like an auto airhead and getting scammed by the male-dominated car-care industry. Continue reading...

You can't always get what you want

Subscriber onlyMost of us learn early on that we don't always get what we want. Part of growing up is bumping up against our own limits, discovering that no matter how much we try and want, no matter what the inspirational posters and the Hollywood movies tell us, there are some things we can never achieve. We can only run so fast, jump so high or think so deep. Continue reading...

Fulfilling the Enlightenment dream

Subscriber onlyOn June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. This landmark decision was a critical legal and moral victory for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, and for all others who support welcoming them into the fold of the American community. Continue reading...

Television is surviving digital takeover

Subscriber onlyWithin a year, Netflix will have more viewers than any of the three broadcast networks, a couple of analysts at FBR Capital Markets predicted recently. There are some caveats having to do with the differing ways that streaming and broadcast audiences are measured, but still, an 8-year-old streaming service now claims an audience of comparable size to major television networks that have been around since the dawn of TV. Continue reading...

The score on women's sports

Subscriber onlyWomen and sports are two topics about which people tend to be long on opinion, even if they're short on knowledge. So it's no surprise that women's sports are mired in misinformation. With the success of the U.S. women's soccer team in the World Cup, let's dispel five myths about women's athletics. Continue reading...

Airlines consider downsizing carry-ons

Subscriber onlyThe days of watching a fellow airline passenger hold up a flight as he tries to stuff a suitcase into a packed overhead bin might soon be over. Recently, the International Air Transportation Association, an airline trade group representing 83 percent of global air traffic, announced a new guideline that reduces the "optimum" size of a carry-on bag by the volume equivalent, in the digital news outlet Quartz's estimation, of four soccer balls (major U.S. airlines limit carry-on bags to 22 inches tall, 14 inches wide and 9 inches deep; the IATA is proposing the allowance be reduced to 21.5 by 13.5 by 7.5 inches). Continue reading...

The limits of help for hostages

Subscriber onlyDon't put yourself in harm's way. That would have been the best advice President Barack Obama could have given to Americans recently when he announced his presidential directive and executive order on hostage-taking. Continue reading...

Best-sellers

Subscriber onlyFiction 1. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins. A psychological thriller set in the environs of London. Continue reading...

Middle of nowhere

The station that wasn't

Subscriber onlyWhenever I write about events that can't be rationally explained, it's inevitable some readers will respond with compelling stories of their own. Continue reading...

Rurale profundities

Subscriber onlyTwo requests poured in that I venture just east of the White River for a visit with Bubba McCoy--that self-styled Landers of the Delta, the rotund rascal who calls his business "Bubba's Auto Emporum" and refuses to listen when I tell him the word is "emporium." Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyTwisted logic? Check! Paul Greenberg begins his column about the slayings in Charleston with a completely irrelevant digression about encounters with mentally ill street people in 1980s Washington, D.C. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Lay 'Dixie' down

Today’s rebellion mirrors UA dispute in 1969

Subscriber onlySome Arkansas people will rally today in Russellville behind the Confederate flag. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: The court's new right

Same-sex marriage case not end of discussion

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the country may have settled the issue as a matter of law, but it has refueled an explosive nationwide debate over whether it's right. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyFinding his bliss As I sit here and think great thoughts, another gossamer spirit has formed into something of form and substance among the spider webs of my mind, so I feel permitted to commit it to writing. It has to do with appreciation of music and art. Continue reading...

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