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Some Parking Deck Woes

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Commentary: Panel Grapples With Athletics Costs

Subscriber onlyEven the reform-minded Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics doesn't seem to know what to do about the march toward professionalism in major college sports programs. The commission met last week and, according to a commission news release, vowed to "intensify its efforts to promote changes that better align athletic programs with institutions' educational missions." Continue reading...

How We See It: Sex Offender Laws Need Another Look

Subscriber onlyIs it assuming too much to believe any substantial changes to the state's sex offender laws is dead on arrival at the state Legislature? Will they even arrive? Continue reading...

Public Viewpoint: An Inquiring Mind Asks

Subscriber onlyJimmy Hickey wants to hire a consulting firm to learn why lottery ticket sales. Continue reading...

How We See It: White House Sends Kudos To Springdale

Subscriber onlyNo matter who occupies the Oval Office, it's a big deal when someone from the White House decides to visit Northwest Arkansas to see what's working well. With the many organizations and events in the region, the White House could almost establish a Northwest Wing, so to speak, to collect all the good ideas and efforts emerging from our little slice of Arkansas. Continue reading...

Commentary: A Generous Spirit Ignites Others

Subscriber onlyThe blazing arrow descended from a twilight ski, making its way perfectly into a stack of wood prepared to ignite for the night's festivities. Continue reading...

Cause and effect

Consequences of choice

Subscriber onlyAnyone else hear about a movement in Arkansas toward reforming the nature and extent of sexual-offender laws and consequences of conviction? Continue reading...

Crises Help Cotton Pull Ahead

Threats Abroad Have Effects Here at Home

Subscriber onlyThe rest of the world matters in a U.S. election for the first time since 2006. In Arkansas' case, that benefits U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. Continue reading...

Between The Lines: A Tale Of Two Campaigns

Subscriber onlySerious pushes are under way for quite different local issues in Washington and Benton counties. Continue reading...

How We See It: City Attorney Abuses Power Of His Office

Subscriber onlyBen Lipscomb, the Rogers city attorney, won't face criminal charges as a result of invoking his authority to gain access to the Walmart AMP's VIP tent during a Miranda Lambert concert. But there's no doubt Lipscomb is guilty of unprofessional conduct and poor judgment. Continue reading...

Commentary: Remembering History On The Eve Of War

Subscriber only"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," the philosopher and poet George Santayana wrote. They also forget the good stuff, too. Continue reading...

Big ol' permit loophole

Subscriber onlyLet's head back down to that Mount Judea hog factory the state wrongheadedly allowed to begin spraying millions of gallons of swine waste on acres that border a major tributary of our precious Buffalo National River. Continue reading...

Commentary: A Drugstore Quits Cigarettes

Subscriber onlyCVS Pharmacy, a national drugstore chain, stopped selling cigarettes last week. This was big news because it was so unusual. And if anyone is wondering why the United States is spending far too much money paying for health care that isn't making Americans healthier -- those first two sentences should help explain it. Continue reading...

How We See It: NFL Fumbles In Response To Ray Rice

Subscriber onlyIf an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, can it also be said that the NFL can cure a little pounding as long as there's not an ounce of video evidence? Continue reading...

Commentary: Rice Reaction Reflects Misplaced Values, Priorities Of Culture

Subscriber onlyRay Rice's forced departure from the Ravens and the NFL last week brought on no small discussion across social media, television and radio. The comparisons to other NFL and other pro athletes who have done lesser or greater crimes (smoking pot, murder) doesn't change what it is he actually did. It doesn't change the fact he is being punished because he was caught in the act. As the online satirical publication The Onion jokingly pointed out, the NFL could have specified that their new policies are on videotaped occurrences of violence, not violence across the board. Continue reading...

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