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Plan bee

Subscriber onlyA crucial agricultural workforce in the United States that produces some $15 billion worth of economic value every year, according to the Obama administration, has been struck by alarming losses recently, frightening advocates and demanding attention from Washington. Yes, the country's bees are in trouble. Continue reading...

Missing a gun?

Search me

Subscriber onlyHow do deputies search an ex-con on parole, cuff and place him in the back seat of a patrol car, then return a few minutes later to find him blazing away at them with a pistol? Continue reading...

So long, Dave and Don

Subscriber onlyTwo generational icons in television programming said farewell thoughtfully last week. They provided many of us an opportunity for introspection, thus a better understanding of ourselves. Continue reading...

LETTERS

Subscriber onlyA wasteland on Web Social media has become a wasteland for teen self-esteem. Websites like Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram have given way to a whole new type of animosity among teens. Continue reading...

Errors and lies

Jeb Bush’s run may set stage for Iraq discussion

Subscriber onlySurprise! It turns out there's something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make his own run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: A force for change

George Haley sought a better nation

Subscriber onlyGeorge Haley accomplished a great many things in his 89 years on earth. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force, the Kansas State Senate and the U.S. diplomatic corps. He worked for eight presidents, Republicans and Democrats, in a distinguished career in public life. As an attorney, he started his own firm and built it into a success. He raised children who grew to be successful in their own rights. Continue reading...

Mail call in civvies

A letter to the editor with credible content

Subscriber onlyDEAR YOUNG man, and we can only assume you’re a young man, Saw your letter to the editor the other day over on the Voices page, where you said your schooling wasn’t quite good enough, is inefficient, should be expanded or made more difficult, and is greatly in need of what you called credible content. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyWhy not shoot to injure? We hear all this news about unarmed men being shot dead by policemen. Is it necessary? Continue reading...

This memorial day

Remember the living, too

Subscriber onlyThey are beyond it all now, the dead. The soldiers who charged, never to see what happened next. The airmen who took off, but never landed. The Marine or sailor who gave everything. They are beyond all the empty words--even beyond the slow, mournful sound of Taps. They are beyond the sweat and muck and blood. They are beyond the pain and death, the anguish spoken and unspoken, the horror first anticipated, then recalled. They are beyond even the heroism and courage of men at war, which we rightly celebrate today, and poets since Virgil have exalted. Of arms and the man I sing . . . . Continue reading...

War goes on and on

Subscriber onlyA conference held by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh last week underscores the damage being inflicted on Yemen by Saudi bombing conducted with U.S. arms. Continue reading...

Seeking Greek

Hot dog, what a festival!

Subscriber onlyIt's that time of year again. Flowers are blooming, grass is greening, noses are wheezing. And the birdies and the bees--um--well, they're doing what the birdies and the bees have done since time immemorial. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyHeartwarming tales I have just read three wonderful pieces in last Monday's paper--"Check your reading privilege" by Bradley R. Gitz, "Accepting Parkinson's" by William D. Downs Jr., and "Students learn about Holocaust" by Debra Hale-Shelton, which really touched my heart. Continue reading...

Commentary: Should donors be exposed?

Group wants political groups do show who gave

Subscriber onlyAbout 70 people turned out for a political demonstration on the State Capitol steps Tuesday -- a fraction of the number that would have appeared if the subject were a controversial social issue, but I've seen plenty of smaller crowds there. Continue reading...

You want hypotheticals?

Subscriber onlyRamadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge—while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlySharing details can help others I’m writing in response to Peggy M. Gross’ letter, “Keep the macabre details out.” While I agree with her position on stories that sensationalize the blow-by-blow account of the death of a young boy, or the May 20 headline shouting “Jurors hear about 6-year-old’s last moments,” I would like to present a different point of view in regard to Becca Martin-Brown’s column recounting her husband’s final days. Continue reading...

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