Madness, literally

Subscriber onlyThe Washington Navy Yard. The Tucson shooting. Everyone remembers the odd mug shot of the crazy joker--yes, he called himself The Joker--who dyed his hair red and shot up the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Just this month, somebody with mental problems shot up an airport in Florida. Continue reading...

On the right side

State should ditch Lee holiday

To those who say that eliminating the state holiday Robert E. Lee Day is an attempt to "change history," I say, let's look at some history ... Continue reading...

So it begins

Subscriber onlyAs perhaps the most improbable presidential inauguration in U.S. history approaches, some observations on things Trump. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyNo reduction in need Continue reading...

NWA editorial: A time of change

New leaders put their touch on county government

Subscriber onlyIt's enormously challenging for a new mayor, county judge or president to take the reins of government and make a smooth transition into office, especially when the departing executive is a member of a different party than the incoming one. Continue reading...

Greg Harton: The good, the bad and ...

Lawmakers have varied ideas of necessary laws

Subscriber only"Even if it's a good idea but it's a bad piece of legislation, it shouldn't get out of this committee until it's a good idea and a good piece of legislation." Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyCharter schools using public money ‘uncomfortable’ Continue reading...

The high cost of healthy food

Why so pricey? Maybe because we expect it to be.

Subscriber onlyImagine you're in an aisle of your favorite grocery store, bombarded with hundreds of the latest and greatest products on the market. After grabbing a box of your favorite pasta off the shelf, you notice a new organic version of the spaghetti sauce you usually buy. Strikingly, the price is at almost a 50 percent premium compared with what your usual sauce costs. Continue reading...

Call the Sanhedrin to order

Subscriber onlyIn a galaxy light-years away, a meeting of the Sanhedrin was being opened with the blessing over bread in one of the 77 known space-languages, 154 recognized inter-galactic dialects, and countless murmurs all around. "You call this bread?" the distinguished delegate from one of the planets circling Alpha Centauri stage-whispered to the various other dignitaries seated around him. "Give me some good old algae any time," he added, shaking his tentacles for emphasis, his several mouths beginning to water at the very memory. For each Friday evening, he would come home to find the breakfast nook covered with copies of the Daily Planet lest he leave a trail of slime as he slithered across the floor. He sighed in remembrance of a time gone by long ago. "And you call this bread!" he repeated lest anyone had failed to hear him the first time. Continue reading...

Vaccine conspiracy theories

Subscriber onlyPresident-elect Donald Trump met recently with Robert Kennedy Jr., an environmental activist who opposes mandatory vaccination laws because he believes in discredited conspiracy theories that immunizations are dangerous. Kennedy told reporters that Trump had asked him to lead a commission on vaccines. Continue reading...

Perils of trying to erase Obama

Subscriber onlyFor a soon-to-be nowhere man, he's everywhere. Sensing "time's winged chariot hurrying near," as the poet had it, President Barack Obama is using every hour left in his presidency to ensure that Donald Trump will not erase it all. Continue reading...

Faces of the uninsured

The cost of repealing Obamacare

Subscriber onlyIn November 2009 I volunteered as a physician at a one-day free medical clinic in Little Rock where 985 people--without health insurance and desperate for care--were treated. Again and again, so many described their situation: No insurance, no doctor, no medical care. Continue reading...

Stepping up, standing out on Saturday

Subscriber onlyWe will march with people from across the country at the Women's March on Washington, D.C., scheduled for Saturday, the day after the presidential inauguration. Continue reading...

The bitter bite of sugar

Subscriber onlySay your child petitioned for permission to smoke a pack of cigarettes a week. Say his or her logic was that a pack a week is better than a pack a day. No dice, right? Continue reading...

BEST-SELLERS

Subscriber only1. TWO BY TWO by Nicholas Sparks. A man who became a single father when his marriage and business collapsed learns to take a chance on a new love. Continue reading...

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