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The end of manners

Conservatives weren’t always buffoons

Subscriber onlyIt's not easy to imagine these days, but there was a pre-Trumpian time when conservatives didn't just rant and rave and carry on in general. They thought and debated and, to use an antiquated term, treated both opponents and allies with a chivalry unknown in these rude times. Unfortunately, even tragically, that time passed with Edmund Burke, who mourned its passing, and in these memorable words: Continue reading...

World according to Trump

Subscriber onlyForeign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is said), the United States is the most fortunate of all Great Powers, bordered on two sides by weak neighbors and on the other two by fish. Continue reading...

Kasich: deadly weapon

Subscriber onlyIt is astonishing how destructive Ohio Gov. John Kasich's campaign has been to the Republican Party. Continue reading...

Got company?

Come on in and sit a spell

Subscriber onlyFriends and neighbors who walk right into the kitchen with a short announcing knock and a wha'cha'doin' are the ones with the title back-door company. Continue reading...

See Cruz run (maybe not)

Subscriber onlyDonald Trump's victories in New York and other eastern states were no less devastating for being so predictable. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyWhat raise will wreak Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyWithout natural law, tyranny not far away Continue reading...

Hiding out in tax havens

Subscriber onlyNews broke in April of an unprecedented data leak: Some 11.5 million documents containing detailed confidential information about more than 200,000 offshore companies involved with Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, had fallen into the hands of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists via an anonymous informant. Collectively known as the Panama Papers, the files revealed just how widespread the abuse of offshore tax havens is among the world's elite politicians and business people. Continue reading...

Confession

Subscriber onlyI don't know how to begin, but I do know how I want it to end. Soon. Continue reading...

Term limits could benefit Supreme Court

Subscriber onlyArkansans are remembering the life and service of Ray Thornton, a six-term congressman and former state Supreme Court judge who died recently at the age of 87. Continue reading...

No profit in deadly cars

Subscriber onlyAfter a 17-year-old Texas woman became the 10th American killed by exploding Takata airbags recently, it was revealed that while the vehicle had been recalled, it had never been taken in for repair. This is tragic but not surprising: Only about a third of the nearly 29 million recalled Takata airbags have actually been replaced. Continue reading...

An open letter regarding LRSD

Subscriber onlyTo Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Education Commissioner Johnny Key and Mr. Michael Poore: Continue reading...

How you'll know when to ditch cable

Subscriber onlyWith more streaming TV options like the Apple TV arriving, it may be time to cancel your cable service. But which streaming services offer which channels, and how do you know if you'll save money in the long run? Continue reading...

How to hide the earth from aliens

Subscriber onlyWhat would it take to hide an entire planet? It sounds more like a question posed in an episode of Star Trek than in academic discourse, but sometimes the bleeding edge of science blurs with themes found in science fiction. Continue reading...

BEST-SELLERS

Subscriber only1. THE OBSESSION, by Nora Roberts. A woman is haunted by her father’s crimes as she tries to pursue love and her work as a photographer. Continue reading...