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But can he lead?

Subscriber onlyEven before his first day in the Senate, it was evident that Ted Cruz had his eyes on a bigger stage. This week, that stage came into full view when Texas' junior senator announced he would seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016. Continue reading...

A common-sense move

Subscriber onlyThere are worse places than Bowie County, Texas. Continue reading...

Opposition explained

One half sentence is all it takes

Subscriber onlyAnd the session rolls on. Lawmakers say they'll have this session of the General Assembly wrapped up pretty soon, or at least before summer, but we'll see. Our representatives and senators in the Arkansas legislature have a lot on their plates just now. Read the papers for proof. Continue reading...

Commentary: College tours can be unnerving for rookies

College tours can be unnerving for rookies

Subscriber onlyIf you didn't go to the beach or the slopes this spring break, chances are good you participated in one of the other rites of parenting, namely the college tour. That's the annual schlep to any and every institution of higher learning your offspring is interested in attending. Continue reading...

Editorial: Springdale talks of stronger sign standards

Springdale talks of stronger sign standards

Subscriber onlyWhat's your sign? Continue reading...

Commentary: Shortages of money, solutions plague state roads

Shortages of money, solutions plague state roads

Subscriber onlyOn Interstate 40 near Brinkley a couple of weeks ago, I drove past a sign reading something like, "Big pothole ahead." I can't recall ever before seeing a road sign like that on an interstate, but it was certainly accurate. Actually, "crater" would have been a better word. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyFocus should be on Democrats I never cease to be amazed at people and their thoughts. Continue reading...

Good old Dale Bumpers

Candid, opinionated, articulate

Subscriber onlyNo wonder so many of us in Arkansas came to like, admire and agree or disagree with our former governor, senator and public resource in general. His diaries, even if disputed by his much too respectable family, show a man in full, and the portrait is refreshing in this era of hair-blown, bloviating, deadly dull politicos. In those marvelous diaries, good old Dale Bumpers lets loose on the Clintons, the epitome of self-centered and single-minded careerists, and on a number of other contemporary topics of his heyday. From the usual plague of wordy politicians to airhead beauty queens. That the man shares many of our own most cherished opinions/prejudices only endears him to us more. Continue reading...

Another retreat

Subscriber onlyTo understand how the hurried evacuation of U.S. special operations forces from Yemen is connected to Iran's regional strategy, look no further than Atheel al-Nujaifi, the Sunni governor of Iraq's Nineveh Province. Continue reading...

The push for peace

Subscriber onlyCould more U.S. troops, given more time, finally defeat the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan? It would be folly to think so after more than 13 years of fighting. On the other hand, a full withdrawal of U.S. soldiers might lead the still-shaky Afghan army to collapse during the coming fighting season. This is one reason for the U.S. to slow its troop withdrawal, as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has requested. Continue reading...

Now for the House's letter

Subscriber onlyIran's supreme leader recently said "Death to America." And meanwhile his country is gaining power in Iraq, Yemen and Syria, still sponsors terrorists, is working on a ballistic missile program and has made clear Israel is a goner if Iran is ever in a position to make that happen. Continue reading...

The un-slippery slope

Subscriber onlyBecause Arkansas is a farming state that relies on commercial livestock for broad livelihood, the state cannot possibly issue licenses and make inspections at dog-breeding operations, sometimes called "puppy mills." Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyStudy alternatives to war Concerning Sen. Tom Cotton's Iran letter: My understanding of the senator's position is based upon the concept of "American exceptionism." That is, there are international norms for behavior and also exceptions to these norms. The senator has accused Iran of meddling in the affairs of neighbors like Iraq and other countries in the region, saying this shows why Iran is dangerous and can't be trusted. Continue reading...

Editorial: Highway leaders take wrong turn with road abandonment idea

Highway leaders take wrong turn for future

Subscriber onlyImagine if your local sheriff's office, straining to make ends meet under its taxpayer-supported annual budget, simply carved out a part of the county and declared it would no longer patrol or enforce the laws there. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyInterstate sign creates hazard I missed it by two months. If memory serves, I wrote in December regarding the danger of having the sign saying “To I-49” in the median at the entrance to the new flyover on North College. Continue reading...