REX NELSON: Missing the mark

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Legislature is back in town. You can break out the stale old jokes about hiding the women and children. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: In the age of polarization

Subscriber onlyA local man for whom I have considerable regard barked at me last week. He said, "Quit giving Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt." Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Road through Damascus

Still a speed trap

Subscriber onlyAnxious motorists passing through citation-happy Damascus will continue breathing a little easier since Faulkner County Circuit Judge Chris Carnahan ruled the town's constitutional challenge to Arkansas' speed-trap law as "moot." Continue reading...

PAUL GREENBERG: Dream on

Subscriber onlyFirst came the bipartisan promise made by the leaders of the Republican majority and the Democratic minority in the U.S. Senate: There would be a debate on immigration in the upper chamber. And they're backing up their words with action. The debate has begun. Continue reading...

Resurrection Gilded Age

Subscriber onlyIn an impromptu speech to a crowd that gathered outside the White House on George Washington's birthday in 1866, President Andrew Johnson rambled on for more than an hour, referred to himself 210 times (a rate of about three times per minute), and said Republican lawmakers Charles Sumner and Thaddeus Stevens were at least as treasonous as the leaders of the just-defeated Confederacy. Continue reading...

Upstaging the vice president

Subscriber onlyPYEONGCHANG, South Korea--When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un decided to send a large delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea this month, the world feared he might steal the show. Continue reading...

Architects study options for housing in NW Arkansas

Subscriber onlyThe ambitious mission of the Housing Northwest Arkansas Initiative "is to educate the community about construction, financing, and social justice," said Peter MacKeith, dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Supported by a $250,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation, it seeks to address the lack of affordable housing in the fast-growing region for residents and newcomers at all levels of income. Continue reading...

Destroying a quote's history

Subscriber onlyLast week mark the 50th anniversary of journalist Peter Arnett's Vietnam dispatch for the Associated Press that included this much-misquoted quotation: "It became necessary to destroy the town to save it." Continue reading...

Spinning a silk-based industry

Subscriber onlySilk production does not immediately come to mind when thinking about Arkansas history. But a surprising number of 19th-century Arkansans tried their hands at producing silk, and during Reconstruction an effort was made to use it to promote Arkansas nationally as a land of potential riches. Continue reading...

BEST-SELLERS

Subscriber only1. DARK IN DEATH by J.D. Robb. Lieutenant Eve Dallas must find a killer inspired by police thrillers before another victim is murdered. Continue reading...

Domestic abuse victims must be heard

Subscriber onlyBelieving. That's usually the hardest part. Continue reading...

An unethical ethics-office blessing

Subscriber onlyUnder cover of the feverish reaction to the FBI memorandum released by Rep. Devin Nunes, the Office of Government Ethics quietly dumped documents revealing a new low point in the agency's 40-year history. In a letter signed Jan. 29 but withheld from public view until the memo frenzy was peaking, the agency's Trump-appointed acting director David Apol blessed a shockingly permissive arrangement for funneling cash to White House appointees and others linked to Trump. Continue reading...

Don't tear down our monuments

Subscriber onlyThis is not about Confederate monuments. They just happen to be on this year's tear-down list. The reason being used to take down Confederate monuments is sure to be applied to other similar monuments: The Civil War is deemed to be a bad war for a whole host of reasons. In some circles they want all plaques, monuments, signs, and statues commemorating the losing side in that war destroyed. Continue reading...

College wasted on the young

Subscriber onlyLast week my mother told me my brother-in-law is planning on retiring this August. I don't feel weird about this at all. My brother-in-law is older than me. By about a month. Continue reading...

Letters

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