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Subscriber onlyI have frequently heard the statement "I always knew Robin Williams was in serious pain" since learning the news of the legendary actor passing away. I can relate with others' thoughts on this subject, as I often felt the same way about the late, great actor. Despite openly admitting his mental suffering and depression to various media outlets throughout his career, little stood in the way of his demise. How could a man so talented and adored be so isolated with pain so unbearable that life was not worth living anymore? If so many people could sense something was wrong with him, why didn't anyone do more to prevent his and others' self destruction? Continue reading...

Lost and not found

Police the police, Volume 2

Subscriber onlyThere's been a lot of talk, and writing, of late about what's now called the militarization of local police departments. Which is understandable given the surreal reaction to the riots in Ferguson, Mo., after an unarmed black teenager was shot by a white policeman there. Continue reading...

Facts vs. visions

Subscriber onlyThe political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th Century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence. Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned in vain. Continue reading...

Kick the habit

Subscriber onlyA few years ago, I began to feel guilty about watching football. What started it were the revelations about brain damage we now know the game caused in many retired players. But there was plenty more--the cynical commercialization of the sport, its cultish celebration of violence, and the more subtle ways in which football warps our societal attitudes about race, gender and sexual orientation. Continue reading...

Let reporters report

Subscriber onlyLast week, President Obama offered some lofty words about journalism and democracy. Commenting on the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., he declared, "Here, in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground." Continue reading...

To build a country

Arbitrary lines don’t make nation

Subscriber onlyIt seems the U.S. has a phobia against the creation of new countries. Maybe it's a carryover from the Civil War. Even when the Soviet Union was collapsing, Washington was whining about its breakup. Continue reading...

Petty politics

Subscriber onlyShould we move toward full funding for universal pre-kindergarten enrollment for the state's 4-year-olds? It's an important question. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyKeep them affordable I was born in Longview, Ark. However, I currently reside in Tarry, Ark., and I have lived in Tarry for nine years. Continue reading...

How We See It: Early Voting Site Expansion Deserves OK from Quorum Court

Subscriber onlyAmong the many factors people who run elections must take into account for voters is the question of convenience. Some voters, of course, are motivated. They'll ford a river, evade lions, tigers and campaign workers, climb mountains and forge ahead through questions about their voter ID, but nobody's going to stop them from casting a ballot. Continue reading...

Commentary: Father-In-Law's Influence Chilling

Subscriber onlyFor the record, this wasn't the first time my father-in-law had gotten me to do something I didn't really want to do. Continue reading...

Commentary: Springdale Schools Off To A Great Start

Subscriber onlyThank you, stakeholders of the Springdale school system, for a great school opening. Continue reading...

Commentary: No Tests In Rogers, Bentonville? It Could Be A Good Thing

Subscriber onlyAll the cool stuff happens now that I am out of high school. Continue reading...

Commentary: Fayetteville School System Has History Of Embracing All

Subscriber onlyOne of the questions I've been asked repeatedly since I started as the new superintendent in July is: "Why did you leave a tenured faculty position to become superintendent of Fayetteville Schools?" Continue reading...

Protect Property Values

Subscriber onlyLet it be known I am one of the last who want to see our taxes raised. I don't want to spend a penny on anything unnecessary, but I also know value when I see it. I know we need another school, in Bella Vista -- if not today, in a few years. Continue reading...

Arkansas breaks the code

Gov. Mike Beebe got wound up Saturday night at the state Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. Continue reading...

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