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REX NELSON: Atop Mount Nebo

Subscriber onlyThey were, for the most part, tough men who came from poor families in rural areas of Arkansas. They were men who hunted rabbits and squirrels throughout the year just to put meat on the table; men who plowed land behind teams of mules in order to plant cotton; men who chopped weeds between the cotton plants by hand in the summer and picked cotton by hand in the fall. From 1933-35, they built many of the roads, bridges and buildings still being used on Mount Nebo in Yell County. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Hogs and Chad Morris

Welcome, Coach

Subscriber onlyWelcome to the beautiful Arkansas Ozarks and the respected Razorback football program. We are pleased you and your wife Paula have joined us in God's Country. You will find the natural beauty (go see the Buffalo) and so many good people across this state. We wish you only the very best. Continue reading...

PAUL GREENBERG: Politics change

Political ambitions don’t

Subscriber onlyThere are any number of lessons to be learned from the almost forgotten life of John Anderson, the late congressman from Illinois. Dead at 95, he represents something of a puzzle to those of us still trying to figure him out. Continue reading...

Roaming along Arkansas 7

Subscriber onlySomebody shot the pelican. Continue reading...

TOM DILLARD: Arkansas gifts abound for Christmas

Subscriber onlySomeone on my Christmas list is going to get a nice watercolor painting by my longtime friend and former colleague Bryan Kellar of Sherwood. My relatives and friends often receive works by Arkansas artists, craftsmen, and writers. Continue reading...

It's the stuff, stupid

Subscriber onlyThis is going to sound like the simplest solution to putting some life in a dead downtown that you have ever heard: Add stuff. I know that begs the question: What kind of stuff? And the answer is ... almost any kind. Continue reading...

A rich guy's impeachment plan

Subscriber onlyFrom its very founding, California has been a land of reinvention. The creed is practically written in the state Constitution: If you don't like who you are, or your place in life, start over. Gold was the first lure. Since then, countless have sought fame. Others, acceptance. Continue reading...

The 2018 midterm high stakes

Subscriber onlyEvery presidential election is routinely called “the most important election” in history, producing sighs and eye rolls from political science types. But if you’re fond of democracy in America, the 2018 midterm election makes a stronger case for a superlative label than most presidential elections. Continue reading...

Rising expenditures and falling receipts

Subscriber onlyContrary to the partisan narratives of our two dissembling political parties, federal deficits have been growing steadily since World War II through every administration, with the sole exception of the Clinton administration. The growing deficits have been the result of the federal government spending more of our gross national output and collecting less. Continue reading...

BEST-SELLERS

Subscriber only1. THE PEOPLE VS. ALEX CROSS by James Patterson. Detective Cross takes on a case even though he has been suspended from the department and taken to federal court to stand trial on murder charges. Continue reading...

How Starbucks changed coffee culture

Subscriber onlyBefore Starbucks took off in the 1990s, and before the period when it opened a new store somewhere in the world every six hours, coffee in America was just coffee, a cup of joe, and it came in a porcelain mug or a spongy foam cup in straightforward sizes of small, medium and large. Continue reading...

Senior school photos don’t need retouching

Subscriber onlyMy first thought was: You’ve got to be kidding. Continue reading...

Good News near the National Mall

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ten minutes before the Museum of the Bible opens, the line wraps around the block. It's about as long as a grown-up par five, maybe 600 yards. But we got our timed tickets months ago, so there's no cause to worry. Continue reading...

Dead money

The new AD is right

Subscriber onlySay, did the state of Arkansas make any news last week pertaining to college athletics? We think we might have noticed a headline or two on the matter. Continue reading...

End of moral authority

Subscriber onlyThere was a time when many in the Republican establishment were horrified by their party's Senate nominee in Alabama, particularly by his well-documented sexual relationships with girls as young as 14 years old. Dozens of prominent GOP leaders spoke out about it. "I believe the women, yes," was how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell summarized the feelings within his party. Well, that era of propriety, with conformity to decent standards of behavior and respect for young women, is now a relic of mid-November. Continue reading...