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Subscriber only1. ORIGIN by Dan Brown. A symbology professor goes on a perilous quest with a beautiful museum director. Continue reading...

NAFTA's relevance to Arkansas

Subscriber onlyIn today's partisan national climate, it appears that trade is in danger of becoming another political football. According to polling done by Pew Research, during the 2016 campaign, when populist candidates on both the left and right sharply criticized trade agreements, support for such agreements plummeted nationwide. Continue reading...

Money isn't everything

Subscriber onlyIsn't the overriding goal of a society to steadily improve the quality of life of its people? Everyone would agree with that statement, but the how-to's are the sticky questions, and there are as many answers to those questions as there are countries in the world. Each country's leaders would tell you their method of achieving an enhanced quality of life is the way to go. Continue reading...

Memorials to our historians

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas history community lost several members in 2017. Preserving our history--and telling its story--falls mostly on the shoulders of a relatively small number of people, so deaths among our ranks can leave major voids. But their contributions do indeed live on. Continue reading...

PHILIP MARTIN: To Oprah Winfrey: Please don't

Subscriber onlyI've got nothing against Oprah Winfrey. Continue reading...

All the right moves

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart Stores Inc. is using the windfall the GOP just gave corporate America to score a public-relations coup with a strategic move that would have been smart even without a tax cut. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Permit denied

Cynicism rises

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's decision to reject a revised operating permit for C&H Hog Farms in the Buffalo National River watershed brought welcome surprise for many Arkansans. Continue reading...

Letters

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NWA editorial: Public exposure

Government behind the veil is a bit shady

Subscriber onlySecrecy in government is as old as the establishment of such institutions among men. Nobody gave the idea of an informed public much sway in the days of monarchs who supposedly ruled by divine decree and certainly not in the realm of dictators. But since its founding, the United States has represented a people unified in certain beliefs and values, those self-evident truths so richly declared in our separation from a king. Continue reading...

Or, they could just lower taxes

Subscriber onlyUnless you’re holed up on Gobbler’s Knob with Punxsutawney Phil, you know that a new law will limit to $10,000 the amount you can deduct on your federal return for state and local taxes. This is terrible for high-tax politicians in high-tax states. We’re thinking of one place with a struggling, jobs-challenged economy where citizens pay some of the nation’s most egregious property taxes, yet taxaholic lawmakers just raised the personal income tax rate by 32 percent. A place that’s losing population at an accelerating rate. Clue: Starts with “I,” rhymes with “unemploy.” Continue reading...

REX NELSON: Corned beef and Cellas

Subscriber onlyThey'll be selling corned-beef sandwiches for 50 cents at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs today. That promotion has become a given on the first Saturday of the race meet. The other given is that there will be a member of the Cella family calling the shots. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyActs of benevolence Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: More UFO sightings

Subscriber onlyNot long ago, I wrote about the resurgence of our government’s interest in unidentified flying objects and included an account by former Navy Commander David Fravor who in 2004 witnessed such a craft that fellow pilots photographed off the California coast during F-18 exercises. Continue reading...

Educating about consent

Subscriber onlyAs the #MeToo movement has unearthed myriad accounts of sexual assaults and unwanted advances, several of the accused--from Harvey Weinstein to Charlie Rose--have said they believed the encounters were consensual. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Nuts and bolts reform

State cost-control efforts worth noting

Subscriber onlyThis month, the governor announced that his budget request for Medicaid would be $478 million less than anticipated and $55 million less than it was last year. Continue reading...