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NWA editorial: Not really a joiner

Is this what unity in the name of a free press looks like?

Subscriber onlyThursday morning brought a few notes of criticism to our inbox. That's not all that unusual. We offer criticism on our editorial page, so it's only fair that we would get some of it back for whatever it was we did that concerned or offended. Continue reading...

OTHERS SAY: A better way to use leverage

Subscriber onlyTurkey's economy is in crisis, teetering on the brink of an implosion that could undo two decades of progress. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blaming economic warfare by President Donald Trump, who last week announced a doubling of tariffs on imports of Turkish aluminum and steel. The U.S. action was ill-advised, in part because it may confuse Turks about who is really responsible for the collapse of the national currency: none other than Erdogan himself. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Up-and-down living

Traveling frustrated? That rings a bell

Subscriber onlyIf there's a general theme to this year for me, it's my increasing understanding of the Inverted Bell Curve of Life. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Targeted meanness

Subscriber onlyAmerica is bitterly divided in politics by a culture war, Donald Trump, and whether and how much we should tax ourselves to take care of those who, for whatever reason, are not taking care of themselves. Continue reading...

Just another day in Arkansas

Subscriber onlyTuesday was just another day in Arkansas for the people of Gravette. Customers ordered drinks at Grumpy's Coffee, residents packed umbrellas in preparation for rain, and a lone bull escaped his home and took a stroll through town. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyAbout our differences Continue reading...

WOODY BASSETT: Common ground is out there

Nation doesn’t have to be relegated to extremes

Subscriber onlyWhere's the hope and usefulness in our politics now? What happened to our ability to compromise for the better good? Is problem-solving no longer achievable in our democracy? What happened to engaging in productive and robust debate rooted in truth, common sense, real facts and actual evidence? What happened to having the courage to cast an unpopular vote that might jeopardize your re-election but you knew was in the country's best interest? Where's the decency, respect and civility toward others? What happened to appealing to the best in people instead of the worst? Continue reading...

NWA editorial: Thursday's thumbs

Teachers have opportunities to inspire students

Subscriber onlyLet's start this week acknowledging the big thumbs up deserved by all the teachers and support staff diving headlong into a new academic year with lots of new student faces swirling around them. A few days ago, this newspaper detailed the challenges of disparate pay scales for teachers between the larger and smaller school districts in Northwest Arkansas, and that's an ongoing challenge in need of attention, but we know this: In every school in our state, there are educators and administrators giving it their very best to fill their students with knowledge and inspire them toward great things. Continue reading...

United we stand

Divided we fall—and how

Subscriber onlyPeace, it’s wonderful—if only the troublemakers would give it a chance to take hold. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyPeople must respond to end harm to planet Continue reading...

NWA Letters to the Editor

Subscriber onlyThe words of a leader Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Tactic … or fear?

Subscriber onlyPartners KATV, Channel 7, and Talk Business and Politics had a solid plan for debates next month in the races for governor and Congress from the 2nd District. Continue reading...

REX NELSON: Death of a mentor

Subscriber onlyIan Cosh, the Northern Ireland native who heads the Ben Elrod Center for Family and Community at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, called me several years ago when I had no time for taking on extra projects. But when Cosh explained what he wanted--my assistance in writing a book on the life of Arkansas educator Ben Elrod--I couldn't say no. At night and on weekends, I worked to co-author with Cosh a book titled Giving Until It Feels Good. Continue reading...

BRENDA LOOPER: Put brush away

Not all extremists

Subscriber onlySome good can be reported from the Unite the Right II gathering in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Continue reading...

Yes, we need a Space Force

Subscriber onlySadly, the proposal for a new U.S. Space Force has become a punchline on late-night TV. It is being battered as a needless new bureaucracy, a competitor for the private sector, and an idea that will lead to a vicious militarization of space. None of these arguments is correct. Continue reading...