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Subscriber onlyFiction 1. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins. A psychological thriller set in the environs of London. Continue reading...

Middle of nowhere

The station that wasn't

Subscriber onlyWhenever I write about events that can't be rationally explained, it's inevitable some readers will respond with compelling stories of their own. Continue reading...

Rurale profundities

Subscriber onlyTwo requests poured in that I venture just east of the White River for a visit with Bubba McCoy--that self-styled Landers of the Delta, the rotund rascal who calls his business "Bubba's Auto Emporum" and refuses to listen when I tell him the word is "emporium." Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyTwisted logic? Check! Paul Greenberg begins his column about the slayings in Charleston with a completely irrelevant digression about encounters with mentally ill street people in 1980s Washington, D.C. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Lay 'Dixie' down

Today’s rebellion mirrors UA dispute in 1969

Subscriber onlySome Arkansas people will rally today in Russellville behind the Confederate flag. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: The court's new right

Same-sex marriage case not end of discussion

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the country may have settled the issue as a matter of law, but it has refueled an explosive nationwide debate over whether it's right. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyFinding his bliss As I sit here and think great thoughts, another gossamer spirit has formed into something of form and substance among the spider webs of my mind, so I feel permitted to commit it to writing. It has to do with appreciation of music and art. Continue reading...

A different view

Of great empires and little minds

Subscriber onlyThe Spirit of '76 stirred and divided Americans--for all of us were not Patriots, and some of us remained true to the English parliament and crown. Public opinion was divided in the mother country as well. Consider the views of one Englishman who rose to speak in the midst of a colonial war that would prove more than a colonial war but a whole Novus Ordo Seclorum, as it still says on the dollar bill, or A New Order for the Ages. Continue reading...

A strong America

Fighting rural poverty helps all

Subscriber onlyWhen we think about rural America, we are all too quick to think of the prevalent poverty in small towns. Continue reading...

Dissing Mr. Franklin

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: The original version of this column was published nine years ago. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyIt doesn't make sense Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States of America decided, by a 5-4 vote, that red is blue. It's just what I'd expected of a bunch of people who're more interested in making history than in making sense. There's a rumor going 'round that next week they're going to hear briefs on that so-called law of gravity. Good luck repealing that one. Continue reading...

Commentary: Expect Backlash on Rulings

GOP fights back better than Democrats fight forward

Subscriber onlyIt's the Fourth of July in a country some folks don't recognize any more. Here's something about that: Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyAn effort to improve nation’s mood Ronald Reagan said “If we improve the nation’s mood, we improve the nation.” How true that is. Continue reading...

A workable plan

Carbon fee aids economy, planet

Subscriber onlyI was pleased to see an article this week about optimism surrounding the Clean Power Plan. The plan requires that Arkansas reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by 44 percent by 2030 (not 2020, as per the article) and seems to assume that this would be done through regulations. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyI will keep in mind the politicians ... who want to defeat the Affordable Care Act, versus my poor friend who waited two years to get "Obamacare" to treat her rectal cancer. Continue reading...