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Aftershocks

Scant studies

Subscriber onlyThere have been plenty of aftershocks triggered by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's unexpected decision to deny C&H Hog Farms' application for a revised operating permit. Continue reading...

FRAN ALEXANDER: The land speaks

Ex-agency deputy fights on to preserve forest lands

Subscriber only"There is no right way to do the wrong thing." Continue reading...

NWA editorial: All the good

Refugees are opportunities, not the problem

Subscriber onlyIt's not a radical idea, at least in its vocalization. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," is one way of putting it. Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyCoastal drilling mortgages future of generations Continue reading...

Security first

Without it, nothing will work

Subscriber only“We essentially have an NFL draft where the United States has the first, oh, million or so draft picks. And rather than exercising those picks, i.e., choosing by whatever criteria we want—such as education, enterprise, technical skills and creativity—we admit the tiniest fraction of the best and brightest and permit millions of the unskilled to pour in instead.” — Charles Krauthammer Continue reading...

Letters to the Editor

Subscriber onlyCoastal drilling mortgages future of generations Continue reading...

GREG HARTON: Vote often

New year promises plenty of opportunities

Subscriber onlyWith New Year's Day in the rear-view mirror, we're officially in an election year. Continue reading...

A poverty tour

Subscriber onlyI want to tell you a story about a nation that has done an above-average job of eliminating extreme poverty. It's a nation you would presume had accomplished those goals, judging by its behavior. 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...

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...

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...

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...

NWA editorial: Rush to judgment?

Benton County needs patience just a little longer

Subscriber onlyGovernment service is not for the impatient. Continue reading...

Decline of anti-Trumpism

Subscriber onlyLet me start with three inconvenient observations, based on dozens of conversations around Washington over the past year: Continue reading...

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