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Subscriber onlyFayetteville should vote against library tax Continue reading...

Still, let's not

Leave casinos to Vegas, Mississippi

It seems Cherokee Nation Entertainment wants to get involved in the casino business in Arkansas. So say folks on a committee formed to get more casinos on the ballot. The argument seems to be: The tribe knows how to do this sorta thing. Continue reading...

Hillaryism

"I believe in an America always moving toward the future." Continue reading...

Do the right thing

The Republican Convention Rules Committee will begin its work in 12 days. Upon its 112 members falls the burden of deciding whether the GOP remains a meaningful political party. Continue reading...

Letters

Our rights in danger Continue reading...

Commentary: Do a good turn

Brainstorming cures for the turn-signal challenged

As I drove down Thompson Avenue Tuesday, I was probably a little anxious. An appointment in downtown Fayetteville had put me a little behind schedule getting to the office. Continue reading...

The so-so compromise

But even this could do some good

It can't be called a Great Compromise. There's nothing in the bill about expanding background checks for those who want to buy guns. There's nothing in the bill to close loopholes when somebody wants to buy an AR-15 in the parking lot of a gun show. There's nothing in the bill that would use technology (read: trigger locks, etc.) to keep the bad guys from using guns in a bad way. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Pay heed to those ‘yearning to breathe free’ Continue reading...

Trump wasn't just selected by GOP voters

Subscriber onlyIt seems to be the opinion of many that Trump's nomination was created by so many dumb Republicans voting for him. Now, let me set the record straight, as I see it. Continue reading...

Middle-class pain

Families struggle to afford the cost of college

Subscriber onlyMichelle Henderson carries $130,000 in student debt even though she's never attended a single college class. The 49-year-old Illinois mother and design showroom manager footed the bulk of her daughter's four years of college because "as a parent you want to make them happy, you want to support their wishes, hopes, dreams." Continue reading...

The big losers

Five worst ideas of the century

Subscriber onlyThe competition for a place on the dishonor roll of bad ideas, past and present, is fierce. But here goes: Continue reading...

The long-awaited Republican health-care plan

Subscriber onlyFor six years, Republicans in Congress have promised that very, very soon they'd release their plan to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Just you wait, they said back in 2010, when we put out our plan America will see how terrific our health-care ideas are. Continue reading...

A bumpy FAA landing

Subscriber onlyThe Federal Aviation Administration does something excellent and then it turns on itself, on responsibility, on honesty, on fairness, on passenger service, maybe even on safety in the air. It reverses course on saying to people wanting to be air traffic controllers that they're first required to have military experience or college education in the field. It says something else is needed--a balderdash test. Continue reading...

The promised arrival of artificial intelligence

Subscriber onlyWe have been hearing predictions for decades of a takeover of the world by artificial intelligence. In 1957, Herbert A. Simon predicted that within 10 years a digital computer would be the world's chess champion. That didn't happen until 1996. And despite Marvin Minsky's 1970 prediction that "in from three to eight years we will have a machine with the general intelligence of an average human being," we still consider that a feat of science fiction. Continue reading...

How to make nutritional labels effective

Subscriber onlyThe Food and Drug Administration recently unveiled significant changes to nutritional labels. After a hard-fought battle, the new labels will give consumers greater insight into how much added sugar is hidden in the food we eat. Calories will be displayed more prominently and serving sizes will better reflect actual portion sizes. Public health advocates, consumer groups and the FDA have touted these new requirements as essential to combating America’s obesity epidemic. Continue reading...