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Subscriber onlyWhy not shoot to injure? We hear all this news about unarmed men being shot dead by policemen. Is it necessary? Continue reading...

This memorial day

Remember the living, too

Subscriber onlyThey are beyond it all now, the dead. The soldiers who charged, never to see what happened next. The airmen who took off, but never landed. The Marine or sailor who gave everything. They are beyond all the empty words--even beyond the slow, mournful sound of Taps. They are beyond the sweat and muck and blood. They are beyond the pain and death, the anguish spoken and unspoken, the horror first anticipated, then recalled. They are beyond even the heroism and courage of men at war, which we rightly celebrate today, and poets since Virgil have exalted. Of arms and the man I sing . . . . Continue reading...

War goes on and on

Subscriber onlyA conference held by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh last week underscores the damage being inflicted on Yemen by Saudi bombing conducted with U.S. arms. Continue reading...

Seeking Greek

Hot dog, what a festival!

Subscriber onlyIt's that time of year again. Flowers are blooming, grass is greening, noses are wheezing. And the birdies and the bees--um--well, they're doing what the birdies and the bees have done since time immemorial. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyHeartwarming tales I have just read three wonderful pieces in last Monday's paper--"Check your reading privilege" by Bradley R. Gitz, "Accepting Parkinson's" by William D. Downs Jr., and "Students learn about Holocaust" by Debra Hale-Shelton, which really touched my heart. Continue reading...

Commentary: Should donors be exposed?

Group wants political groups do show who gave

Subscriber onlyAbout 70 people turned out for a political demonstration on the State Capitol steps Tuesday -- a fraction of the number that would have appeared if the subject were a controversial social issue, but I've seen plenty of smaller crowds there. Continue reading...

You want hypotheticals?

Subscriber onlyRamadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge—while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlySharing details can help others I’m writing in response to Peggy M. Gross’ letter, “Keep the macabre details out.” While I agree with her position on stories that sensationalize the blow-by-blow account of the death of a young boy, or the May 20 headline shouting “Jurors hear about 6-year-old’s last moments,” I would like to present a different point of view in regard to Becca Martin-Brown’s column recounting her husband’s final days. Continue reading...

Downtown group names new director

Subscriber onlyMonica Kumar was named Downtown Bentonville, Inc.’s new executive director, the organization announced recently. Continue reading...

The end of history

Subscriber onlyThink of a glorious, leaf-strewn fall afternoon on a football weekend in what was then a small university town in the Midwest, and how you could hear the roar of the crowd in Tiger Stadium clear across little Columbia, Mo., as it echoed and re-echoed. I never made it to a game, not being a football fan then or now. Instead, I had the deserted downtown all to myself those golden Saturdays, and could wander around it to my heart's content--with no throngs of students crowding the streets. For I was definitely a fan of small towns, then as now. Continue reading...

How to grow a city

Subscriber onlyIt's no secret that every town in Arkansas is trying to grow. To grow equals adding jobs. Jobs trump everything. The premise to grow, grow and continue to grow permeates not only Arkansas society but flourishes nationwide. If you aren't for growth you are considered, well, un-American. Continue reading...

Seeing things we can't quite apprehend

Subscriber only"The aim of art is not to copy nature, but to express it. You are not a servile copyist, but a poet!" Continue reading...

Why run if you can't win?

Subscriber onlyThe 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton. Continue reading...

Anchor breaks core rule of journalism

Subscriber onlyThere's an old saying in journalism, at least among the pure of heart: You can't sleep with the elephant if you are covering the circus. Continue reading...

Elimination of passwords is in the works

Subscriber onlyRecently, Google's email service Gmail made a tiny change to its log-in procedure. A first screen asks for a username and leads to a separate screen asking for a password. It's a sign of big things to come. Continue reading...