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A view from the seats

What this editorial isn’t about . . .

Subscriber onlyA musical standby among those with tastes as distinctive as his own, Randy Newman visited Central Arkansas last week. Not surprisingly, his show at the Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas soon sold out. The kids may know Randy Newman only as the man who sang "You've Got a Friend in Me" and other songs for the Toy Story movies. Older folks who know their stuff may know that Mr. Newman is responsible for any number of songs you hear on classic-rock radio nowadays. In the 1970s, he'd put out an album and other artists would trip over themselves to record his songs themselves, often with better sales than he had. Continue reading...

Now, about those weapons

Subscriber onlyWith the victory this week over Islamic State forces at Kobani, Syria, one might think that the United States and Iraqi governments would be looking to increase shipments of armaments to the Kurdish forces who did the actual fighting. But according to the Kurd overseeing much of the ground campaign in Kobani, his Peshmerga units are facing a shortage of ammunition and guns just at the moment they have turned the tide against the jihadists. Continue reading...

Cry for Argentina

Subscriber onlyNo one familiar with the ugly history of Argentina's intelligence services would argue against its reform. Yet few would have chosen President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to lead the charge--and her dissolution of it is yet another effort to warp Argentina's government to suit her interests and allies. Continue reading...

I need a station break

Subscriber onlyBeing of an age where I can remember my parents' black-and-white Zenith Trend-Setter television set (with "Jet" styling!) that gave me a shock each time I turned it on, I am well familiar with the ubiquity of TV in our lives. Continue reading...

In right direction

Good teachers, environment key

Subscriber onlyPlease consider this analogy. A person needs CPR. However, a hidden power restricts you to only one breath every 30 seconds. Continue reading...

When's a chief not?

Subscriber onlyJust when Denny Upton of Tontitown thought he was out, they pulled him back in, only to show him the door yet again. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyTurnaround coming Finally there is some movement in the right direction for the Little Rock School District. Continue reading...

Editorial: Public deserves a spot on Bentonville City Council agendas

Public deserves a spot on City Council agenda

Bentonville Mayor Bob McCaslin, by all accounts, runs an efficient city government. He's been known to remind people he's a retired businessman, not a politician. Of course, he's both, but he clearly wants municipal government to operate with all the efficiency of the business world from which he came. Continue reading...

Editorial: It's a bird, it's a plane ...

Some people intend to be national security threats. Others are just drunk. In the case of Monday's drone crash on the southeast corner of the White House grounds, the immediate problem seems to have been an inebriated pilot. But the underlying issue is that the federal government poorly regulates the booming drone industry. The right response is not overreaction but rather tightening rules and procedures in some ways -- and loosening them in others. Continue reading...

Why our school's don't fail

Region’s Public Deserves Praise for Tolerance and Support

Let's note and give thanks: The state's second-, fourth- and fifth-largest school districts are nowhere close to needing a state takeover. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Hatred of Israel causes violence Professor Art Hobson’s column, “Radical faith does harm,” (Jan. 27) is half right. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyCannot change our history There was a guest column in the Democrat-Gazette wherein one Kelly Duda seemed to advocate, in essence, that half of our ancestors should be disowned because they lost a war. Continue reading...

A matter of seconds

Subscriber onlyMost Americans have jobs that require interaction with people. A great many occupations involve dealing with the public at large, which usually means a mix of familiar folks and strangers. Continue reading...

Some leading this is

Subscriber onlyLeading from behind. A White House official coined that phrase in 2011 to describe President Obama's Libyan policy. His political opponents quickly seized on that characterization as an apt metaphor for how the president conducts foreign policy. Continue reading...

It's a bird, it's a plane ...

Subscriber onlySome people intend to be national security threats. Others are just drunk. In the case of Monday's drone crash on the southeast corner of the White House grounds, the immediate problem seems to have been an inebriated pilot. Continue reading...

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