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That’s the Middle East

How long before it’s all the world?

Subscriber onlyI, the Hon. Saad Hariri, once and apparently future prime minister of Lebanon, cannot even now be sure what happened to me or my poor squeezed country during the past few weeks, but will tell you the worst of it all as best I now can: Continue reading...

The bully pulpit

Subscriber onlyIn recent years, anti-bullying campaigns have become standard fare in high school and college. Our society has decided, rightly, that bullies should no longer be tolerated because their hurtful attacks can lead to lifelong scars and worse. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Endorsement? Hmm …

Subscriber onlyIt turns out I’m not the best person to attest to someone’s conservative bona fides. Continue reading...

BRENDA BLAGG: Rolling the dice

Casino backers use highways, roads as enticement

Subscriber onlyGive backers of a proposed new constitutional amendment credit. Continue reading...

HOYT PURVIS: Trapped in Congress

A rainy visit brings partisan politics to mind

Subscriber onlyA few weeks ago I was on Capitol Hill in Washington, visiting congressional offices to urge continued support for a program I believe is highly important and worthwhile. In almost every office I visited, the members and their staffs were welcoming, congenial and receptive. However, at one point, as I was making my appointed rounds to the House and Senate office buildings, I got caught in a torrential downpour, with no umbrella -- not that it would have helped much -- and only a light jacket. I was in no-man's land on the Capitol grounds -- in between the House side and the Senate side on the East side of the Capitol. Within a couple of minutes, the few people who had been traversing the grounds had all disappeared. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: Better, not great

Bypass won’t solve Bella Vista congestion woes

Subscriber onlyAs we get older, visits to the doctor's office become a little more routine than any of us prefer. An ache here. A pain there. The hearing and the eyesight aren't what they used to be. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Third-grade politics

Resist at all cost

Subscriber onlyIt seems long ago that Americans from both major political parties co-existed in relative accord. Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: Jesus or Ayn Rand?

Leaders appear unconcerned about “least of these”

Subscriber onlyIn April 2012, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a series of letters to Congress criticizing the federal budget plan authored by a fellow Catholic, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee. That budget sought to reduce the federal deficit primarily through cuts to many safety net programs that serve the poor and vulnerable seniors. The bishops said the budget proposal failed to meet "moral criteria." Continue reading...

NWA editorial: For the children

A magnificent health care addition to the region

Subscriber onlyThe generosity to support construction of Arkansas Children's Hospital Northwest has been nothing short of astonishing. Continue reading...

OTHERS SAY: Lives getting shorter

Subscriber onlyA consistent increase in life expectancy is one of society's bedrock measures of progress. The average life expectancy of an American has increased about 30 years since 1900. Continue reading...

GREG HARTON: Taking chances

“If I win the lottery” can be a dangerous thing to say

Subscriber only"He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have." Continue reading...

NWA LETTERS

Subscriber onlyLegalization of ‘murders’ came 45 years ago Continue reading...

The case against swatting

Subscriber onlyAll 2017 had to do was go away quietly, but no. It left us a nasty New Year’s gift: Swatting is now officially a thing, with an innocent Wichita man shot dead by police recently for opening his front door, and an apparently callous Los Angeles gamer in jail pending his transfer to Kansas in the next month. Continue reading...

Nine minutes of …

Subscriber onlyThis year’s wintry apocalypse drove as far down as a friend’s house near Tallahassee, Fla., where hurricanes are more common than snow. But last week, for a full nine minutes, snow came down on her porch. Continue reading...

Good news trickles up

What cannot continue eventually won’t

Subscriber onlyA worried dictator sings a worried song, even if he feels obliged to deliver its refrain with a fired gun in place. For even Hassan Rouhani, leader for now of Iran’s theocracy, seems to have felt obliged to note publicly that the natives have grown restless. And has had to add his support of their expression, if through clenched teeth. Continue reading...