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The crickets chirp for thee

Subscriber onlyMost press accounts from the first Republican presidential cattle call over the weekend in Iowa mentioned that Sarah Palin was embarrassingly inane and Scott Walker impressive and Mike Huckabee also in attendance. Continue reading...

Mike Huckabee's show

Now appearing as The Divider

Michael Dale Huckabee is just Mike to those of us who have followed and admired him through his finest hours. As when he welcomed the Little Rock Nine to Central High at long last, swinging its doors wide open--decades too late, maybe, but in time to finally correct an historic injustice. Continue reading...

Governor faces GOP trouble

Gov. Asa Hutchinson couldn't even get his budget plan announced before some Republicans in the Legislature were undermining his proposal. Continue reading...

Recognizing good, not so good

Here’s another edition of our Thumbs Awards, recognizing a little of the good and not so good around Northwest Arkansas and beyond. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Why oppose local control? It would seem state Rep. Charlie Collins’ support of local control stops at the edge of Arkansas’ college and university campuses. 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...

Commentary: Francs, fear and folly

Ah, Switzerland, famed for cuckoo clocks and sound money. Other nations may experiment with radical economic policies, but with the Swiss you don't get surprises. Continue reading...

Editorial: War Eagle Bridge deserves its spot for years to come

War Eagle Bridge deserves its spot for years to come

Well-made bridges last a long, long time. Virtually every county in the Unites States has a bridge or 10 or 20 on the National Register of Historic Places. The best of the ones that survive take us back into local history, a kind of ever-present memento that does more than just connect two ends of a road. They take us back to a different time. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Facts first Do we move from facts to opinions, or do we prejudge first? Some dubious facts, incomplete information and over-generalizations from recent letters: Gerald Holland (Letters, Jan. 2) notes most black murders are of black victims but omits the fact that most white murders are of white victims. Continue reading...

Logical considerations

Let’s get logical, shall we? Continue reading...

Between the lines: Collins takes aim, again, at universities

Fayetteville lawmaker pushes right to carry weapon on campus

Allowing concealed-carry weapons on campus was a bad idea in 2013. It is just as bad an idea now. Continue reading...

All thumbs

Some days, it just seems we're all thumbs, and today's one of those days. Continue reading...

Others say: Biting the hand

The Internal Revenue Service may be the least-loved arm of the federal government. For tax-hating Republican lawmakers still angry over what they see as IRS malfeasance, the antipathy is especially strong. That explains why GOP lawmakers repeatedly have cut the agency's budget over the past several years, including a 3 percent reduction this year. But no matter how therapeutic it may feel to hack away at the IRS, it is deeply irrational. Continue reading...

Tenacious turmoil

Troubles continue

Subscriber onlyAll the smoke endlessly billowing from the conflicted community of Tontitown appears to have erupted into flame with the announcement of a state police investigation into activities of the newly elected Mayor Paul Colvin and a city councilman. Continue reading...

Between The Lines: A call (or text) to action

The Washington County Quorum Court got off to a bad start Thursday. Continue reading...

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