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Commentary: Getting buffaloed

Signs you might be a selfie extremist

Subscriber onlySo a lady takes a selfie with a buffalo. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: "Your glory cannot die"

Southside High lives on with new pride

Subscriber onlyPerhaps one of the better outcomes of all this talk about songs and mascots at Fort Smith Southside High School is the introduction of a bunch of new folks to that gravelly voiced Arkansan Levon Helm and The Band's rendition of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." Just the fact that "Dixie" is in its name might convince people it's not worthy of a listen, but that'd be a shame. It's a mighty fine song, selected by Rolling Stone as No. 245 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Continue reading...

Dept. of Strange Coincidences

Subscriber onlyTHE COMMISSIONER of the Internal Revenue Service swears his people didn’t discriminate against right-wing groups seeking to obtain or retain their tax-exempt status. Or rather Commissioner John Koskinen says no evidence that his agency did so has turned up. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyThanks for utility’s spirit On Saturday, May 30, of this year the Baptist Ford Cemetery in Greenland was the beneficiary of some gold “old-fashioned” community service. Approximately 21 Ozarks Electric employees rolled into the cemetery around 9 a.m. with several bucket trucks pulling chippers, stump grinders and loaded with chain saws, pruners and other equipment they might need to get trees into shape throughout the cemetery. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: Going digital

Ethics, mail deliver earn some thumbs

Subscriber onlyAs July comes to a close, it's undeniable now that "summer" -- that time between the end of one school year and the opening of the next -- is starting to wind down. But there's still a few weeks left before our communities slip back into the school-year routines. Make the most of it so that the summer of 2015 can remembered with an enthusiastic thumbs up. Continue reading...

What’s the alternative?

Subscriber onlyAnyone who criticizes our president’s nuclear deal with Iran is bound to be asked: What’s the alternative? With the clear implication that there isn’t one—not an acceptable one, anyway. It’s either war or peace. A simple, black-andwhite, all-or-none choice: It’s the president’s way or no way—except war—to prevent Iran from joining the nuclear club. Continue reading...

The power of inertia

Subscriber onlyWITH THE deadline nearing to re-authorize the Highway Trust Fund or start shutting down the country’s transportation system, Congress finally bestirred itself. But not before the U.S. Senate decided to play a little politics and add an extension of the Export-Import Bank to the bill. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyNation flying upside down A “Strange Brew” cartoon pictured two fish in water with one commenting, “Killer humidity today, huh?” I was awash with a number of thoughts. Continue reading...

Hyperbolic Holocaust

Subscriber onlyConservative columnist George Will sat on a pundit panel Sunday on Fox News—of course—and got asked what eventually would become of this red-hot Donald Trump mania. Continue reading...

Commentary: Are ballot choices worth the trouble?

Laws put barriers in place for independent candidates

Subscriber onlyThe unspoken question in Judge James Moody's Eastern District courtroom Monday was, how much trouble should the election process undergo to accommodate candidates who aren't going to win anyway, and also to accommodate Arkansans who want to vote for them? Continue reading...

Between the lines: Cities defy lawmakers' intent

Future of local laws may still rest in Legislators’ hands

Subscriber onlyEureka Springs fully intends to enforce its anti-discrimination ban. So, too, will Little Rock, Hot Springs and Pulaski County. Continue reading...

Clinton's email problem won't vanish

Subscriber onlyThe quote dates to Ronald Reagan, appropriated by political types from both parties: "If you're explaining, you're losing." Continue reading...

NWA editorial: Rush to judgment?

Don’t let election dates hurt court project

Subscriber onlyJustice delayed being something akin to justice denied is an oft-heard warning about any court system that allows cases to languish without resolution. Continue reading...

Back to our roots

‘Green’ burials an alternative in death

Subscriber onlyThough the years, we've been assured of the inevitability of death and taxes. Unlike the latter, there are no loopholes that can help anyone bypass the former. Continue reading...

John Kasich at the bat

Subscriber onlyThis is more like it. One more serious story about the Republicans as they prepare to nominate a presidential candidate. Continue reading...

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