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What's in your water?

Subscriber onlyImagine most of your friends and family living with a chronic disease that is rarely life-threatening, but it's painful and sometimes interferes with eating, sleeping and even speaking. Researchers who discovered how to reduce the rate of this disease by 25 percent would be honored as heroes, right? Continue reading...

Greece's mess

Subscriber onlyThe Syriza party's victory in Greek elections is a well-deserved rebuke to the way the European Union and successive governments in Athens have mishandled the country's debt crisis, and the voters' judgment must now be respected. Continue reading...

How to end a nightmare

Subscriber onlyAlexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece. He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since 2010. And there will be many people warning him to abandon that promise, to behave "responsibly." Continue reading...

He's crossed the line

The good, the bad, and the unacceptable

Subscriber onlyThe great advantage of having citizen-legislators is that they can bring the knowledge and experience they've acquired over the years in their private capacities to bear in furthering the public interest. Continue reading...

Retain tax reduction

Where Texas, yes Texas, gets it right

Subscriber onlyOf the various tax reductions that have been approved in recent years, the state's new governor and Republican legislature are considering elimination of the one that would be most beneficial for Arkansas' economic growth: the capital gains tax reduction. Continue reading...

Commentary: What's in your water?

Imagine most of your friends and family living with a chronic disease that is rarely life-threatening, but it's painful and sometimes interferes with eating, sleeping and even speaking. Researchers who discovered how to reduce the rate of this disease by 25 percent would be honored as heroes, right? Continue reading...

Editorial: Concerns about the past

Concerns over shared information must not lead to secrecy

Among the most popular online features provided by jails in Benton and Washington counties, and elsewhere, is the roster of people who have been booked. You know, the ones where drivers charged with being intoxicated are often flush red and bleary-eyed; where the fear in the still-teenage college coed's eyes suggests she's thinking "are my parents going to see this?"; and where the regulars manage a familiar smile for the camera. Continue reading...

Others say: What are the chances?

Albert Einstein famously said that "God doesn't play dice" with the universe: Everything is by design. Continue reading...

Commentary: Radical faith does harm

The terrorist tragedy in Paris demonstrates once again how the world is ravaged by contradictions between medieval delusions and science-based society. Think of apes with technology. As Carl Sagan put it, "Sooner of later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces." We see these corrosive effects in the backward nature of the highly religious parts of the world, including the Middle East and the United States, by far the most religious of the industrialized nations. Continue reading...

Let freedom ring

It's a small beard, only half an inch long, but the principle it raised is a great one. Great enough for the Supreme Court of the United States to debate and, this week, decide. Continue reading...

Letters

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Toward a better NFL

Subscriber onlyThe NFL had a terrible season off the field, but a very good one on it when it mattered most, in the playoffs. Some of the games were especially riveting--Dallas beating Detroit 24-20, Green Bay beating Dallas 26-21, and then Seattle beating Green Bay in overtime, 28-22. Indeed, the Seahawks' comeback might have been the most dramatic I've seen in a playoff game. Continue reading...

A reason to care

Must act now to prevent genocide

Subscriber onlyIt is a terrible time to be a potential victim of genocide. Continue reading...

Foreign policy still muddled

Subscriber onlyIf anyone still needed proof of President Barack Obama's reluctance to let foreign policy distract from his domestic agenda, he provided an excess in his State of the Union address. Continue reading...

Iran's emerging empire

Subscriber onlyWhile Iran's march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran's march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried. Continue reading...