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Summertime, and the livin’ ain’t easy

Subscriber onlySo I’ve got an idea I’d like you to consider, kind of run it up the flagpole and watch it hang there damply in the nonexistent breeze before you feebly wave at it and scurry back into the air conditioning. Continue reading...

‘We want local control’

As long as someone else is in charge

Subscriber onlyOne of the most common refrains heard when people in rural communities talk about their public schools is, “We want local control.” Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Principles? Pshaw!

Subscriber onlyIn February there was reason to believe Gov. Asa Hutchinson shared some measure of a moderate political essence with the admirably principled John Kasich. Continue reading...

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What goes up ...

Thumbs for herding cats and rising college costs

Subscriber onlyToday's editorial will be all thumbs. By that, we mean we'll be offering observations on a number of topics. As to whether it also means we handle the job clumsily, well we'll leave to your judgment, dear reader. Continue reading...

Commentary: National Parks serve Americans well

Natural wonders erode us vs. them mentality

Subscriber only"A national park is more than just a scenic place. It's a nation's common ground." That's how National Geographic magazine described it when reminding us that our 59 national parks belong to all of us, meant to be for the use and enjoyment of every American. Continue reading...

Michelle Obama’s lovely speech

Subscriber onlyThere were so many highlights of the first day of the Republican National Convention, I don’t know where to start. There was Rudy Giuliani’s over-caffeinated yelling. Continue reading...

Turkey’s ordeal

Subscriber onlyTHE FIRST news bulletins raised the wildest hopes: In a once familiar pattern, Turkey’s military would again step forward to make that country part of the West, complete with free elections and the rule of law. Back when the Ottomans ruled, Turkey was known as the Sick Man of Europe, but now it would become a healthy democracy again. Its reigning sultan these days, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had long been saying that a military coup was in the offing, which was his excuse for continuing to tighten his grip on power. Continue reading...

One man against the mob

Subscriber onlyHis name was Sam Levine, and old-timers in Arkansas politics—or just history buffs—will remember him as one of the few voices of reason in this state’s legislature back when Orval Faubus’ will was law. Back then massive resistance was the order of the day—well, the cry of the day. It was a time when a “statesman” like J. William Fulbright would leave the state or even the country to avoid the whole issue. And when Senator Fulbright did return, it was only to help frame the notorious Southern Manifesto. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Just a little plagiarism …

Subscriber onlyMelania Trump provided an interlude that was oddly effective even if revealed as theft by receiving. Continue reading...

REX NELSON: A congressman's pearl

Subscriber onlyEd Bethune, who served the 2nd District of Arkansas in Congress from 1979-85, remembers well the summer of 1967 in Newark, N.J., when race riots left 26 people dead and hundreds injured. Bethune, an FBI agent from 1964-68, was stationed in Newark that summer. It was an eye-opening experience for someone from Arkansas. Continue reading...

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No facts, just videos

Subscriber onlyOur nation’s police officers aren’t killing young black males for sport. That’s the first and most important point. Continue reading...

More funerals in our future

Subscriber onlySome were enjoying Sunday morning brunch. Others slept late. Many were at church, praying for peace. Then they heard the unthinkable: Baton Rouge police officers down. Continue reading...

Cyborgs, but in a good way

Subscriber onlyYou’ve heard of Pokemon Go by now, yes? It’s the pervasively viral, madness-inducing, privacy-invading, weirdly alarming, metaphysically destabilizing new mobile-phone game. It’s potentially worth $1.8 billion a year. And it just may herald an important technological shift. Continue reading...