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Commentary: College tours can be unnerving for rookies

College tours can be unnerving for rookies

Subscriber onlyIf you didn't go to the beach or the slopes this spring break, chances are good you participated in one of the other rites of parenting, namely the college tour. That's the annual schlep to any and every institution of higher learning your offspring is interested in attending. Continue reading...

Editorial: Springdale talks of stronger sign standards

Springdale talks of stronger sign standards

Subscriber onlyWhat's your sign? Continue reading...

Commentary: Shortages of money, solutions plague state roads

Shortages of money, solutions plague state roads

Subscriber onlyOn Interstate 40 near Brinkley a couple of weeks ago, I drove past a sign reading something like, "Big pothole ahead." I can't recall ever before seeing a road sign like that on an interstate, but it was certainly accurate. Actually, "crater" would have been a better word. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyFocus should be on Democrats I never cease to be amazed at people and their thoughts. Continue reading...

Editorial: Highway leaders take wrong turn with road abandonment idea

Highway leaders take wrong turn for future

Subscriber onlyImagine if your local sheriff's office, straining to make ends meet under its taxpayer-supported annual budget, simply carved out a part of the county and declared it would no longer patrol or enforce the laws there. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyInterstate sign creates hazard I missed it by two months. If memory serves, I wrote in December regarding the danger of having the sign saying “To I-49” in the median at the entrance to the new flyover on North College. Continue reading...

Glorious minimalism

Subscriber onlyAs an advocate of less-intrusive government—yes, you heard me—I am heartened by one piece of news from the Arkansas General Assembly. Continue reading...

That do-nothing Legislature

At least when it comes to constitutional amendments

Subscriber onlyNotable news from the state Legislature involves what it hasn't done as well as what it has. Continue reading...

Government won't shrink until citizens actually have to pay for it

Subscriber onlySome time in the 1970s, the Republican Party pledged allegiance to a strategy known as "starve the beast," which said that the way to reduce the size of government was to reduce the taxes going into it. President Reagan in 1981 used another metaphor: reducing children's allowance. Democrats, happy to increase government without paying for it, largely acquiesced. Continue reading...

Sentiment vs. practicality

Whither the courts in Benton County

Subscriber onlyAN OLD FRIEND enjoyed saying things like “The only constant in life is change.” Aside from the fun of invoking some mind-bending irony, this friend thought it important to remind those around him that what made sense yesterday doesn’t always make sense today. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyNew Council, same problems Dear old Tontitown — the little town that chews up and spits out its own, demands their own way no matter the consequences, and who evidently is addicted to controversy and vendetta. Continue reading...

Ganging up on gangs

Law enforcement meets the challenge head-on

Subscriber onlyIt comes as no surprise that a pair of recent shootings in Springdale may have been the result of gang activity. After all, the phenomenon of groups of disaffected young men coming together in criminal enterprises is an old one. But those shootings almost two weeks ago, which left one person dead, two wounded and another in jail on suspicion of murder, may be a troubling indication of an increased level of violence. Continue reading...

Why do humans defy their natural survival instincts regarding the environment?

Humans ignore environment at their peril

Subscriber onlyThere's something very curious about the human species that certainly defies what living creatures are supposedly born with, the instinct to survive. Whether the technique is through flight, fear or fighting, generally the biological goal of life is to stay alive and to keep future generations alive. For example, probably no creature is fiercer than a mother protecting her young. So if humans, with our large brains, show signs of not following a survival instinct, nor parenting toward that goal, it seems logical to assume something's seriously messed up somewhere. Allowing our natural environmental systems to deteriorate runs counter to what instinct should demand of us for ourselves and our children and their children. Continue reading...

What a shame

Lewinsky wants to rid society of humiliation

Subscriber onlyMonica Lewinsky is a name that will live in infamy. Continue reading...

UA System president eyes characteristics of chancellor

UA System president eyes characteristics of chancellor

Subscriber onlyThere's no doubt about it. A new chancellor for the University of Arkansas' Fayetteville campus must relate to all sorts of people. Continue reading...

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