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Mandatory sentences are ineffective

Subscriber onlyRecently Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed the nation's 2,300 federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges in all but exceptional cases. Rescinding a 2013 policy that sought to avoid mandatory minimums for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, Sessions wrote it was the "moral and just" thing to do. Continue reading...

Best-sellers

Subscriber only1. 16TH SEDUCTION by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. In San Francisco, Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club face their toughest case yet. Continue reading...

Euro's future is looking brighter

Subscriber onlyIt's always worth re-evaluating one's views, and my latest revision is that the euro currency is better and less vulnerable than I had thought. I still believe its creation and later expansion were mistakes, but I now see them as much smaller mistakes than before. Many of the biggest costs lie in the past, so the euro might be a net plus moving forward. Continue reading...

The monkey and the machine gun

Subscriber only"It is up to Arkansas to stop the Donald Trump show. The next generation of conservatives cannot allow Donald Trump to take everything we stand for and throw it away." Continue reading...

If Buffalo flounders

Legacy at risk

Subscriber onlyI've known and respected Gov. Asa Hutchinson for decades, ever since he occupied the 3rd District seat held for 13 terms by my late uncle John Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison. Continue reading...

Prepare for a slap fight

Subscriber onlyYou might think that the Justice Building west of the Capitol housing the offices of state Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges would be a no-drama workplace. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyNo fashion in science Continue reading...

Come on aboard

Boozman, Womack back special counsel, after the fact

Subscriber onlyLet us note that our congressman, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, came out strongly in favor of the appointment of a special counsel to investigate what involvement, if any, President Trump or his associates had with Russian officials. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: An unwanted neighbor

Officials’ poor relations invites millage failure

Subscriber onlyIt's hard to know exactly where incompetence was born, but its current address is 134 N. Main St., Cave Springs. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyRecycling programs need dose of skepticism Continue reading...

Getting on board

Regional leaders eye possibilities of rapid bus transit

Subscriber onlyDevelopment of mass transit has been an idea hashed and rehashed in this region for at least a couple of decades now. Continue reading...

Fortunate failure

Anti-LGBTQ bills beaten back

Subscriber onlyThis year Arkansas witnessed a flurry of legislative activity, which, in itself, is not extraordinary. But this session, we received nationwide attention for the sheer volume of anti-LGBTQ proposals our lawmakers raised. Continue reading...

A noble crusade

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Leslie Rutledge is on a noble crusade of sorts. She (and 37 other state attorneys general) wants the federal government to expand its Medicaid support for investigating potential elder abuse in unconventional care facilities such as private homes. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyI see irresponsibility Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Trump's "tough guy" facade crumbles

Whole world knows U.S. chief is weak, vain

Subscriber onlyWe have a problem. That "we" includes Republicans, Democrats and everybody else. Immigrants and native-born are in this same boat. Christians, Muslims, those of other faiths and the non-faithful all have a stake. Continue reading...