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Commentary: Greenhouse gases at root of new geologic epoch

Greenhouse gases at root of new geologic epoch

Subscriber onlyOur planet is probably beginning a transition to a new geological age caused mainly by greenhouse gases we continue dumping into the atmosphere. Continue reading...

Why Islam needs a reformation

Author, ex-Muslim proposes five tenets of change

Subscriber onlyIn September 2001, Islamic terrorists flew hijacked planes into buildings in New York City and Washington, D.C., killing 2,952 people. According to a recent book, "It is foolish to insist, as our leaders habitually do, that the violent acts of radical Islamists can be divorced from the religious ideals that inspire them. ... They are driven by an ideology embedded in Islam itself, in the holy book of the Quran as well as the life and teaching of the Prophet Muhammad contained in the hadith. Let me make my point in the simplest possible terms: Islam is not a religion of peace." Continue reading...

Commentary: Absent agreement, Iran, U.S., Israel on path to war

Absent pact, three nations on path to war

Subscriber onlyOne of history's greatest tragedies was the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945, a calamity compounded three days later by a second bomb exploded over Nagasaki. It was, like most tragedy, made virtually inevitable by foregoing blunders: revengeful treatment of Germany following World War I, U.S. failure to join World War II when it began in 1939, thoughtless responses to Japanese aggression in Asia during the 1930s, and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Since 1945, nuclear weapons have remained humankind's greatest single immediate threat. Continue reading...

Commentary: Stop the car subsidy

Shifting general tax revenue to roads a bad idea

Subscriber onlyArkansas came close to another wrong turn in transportation infrastructure. Despite recent voter approval of a new half-cent sales tax that raises $2.3 billion for roads over 10 years, state highway officials' estimates might lead one to conclude Arkansas highway system "is on the road to destruction," a recent editorial in this newspaper said. Continue reading...

Commentary: A smarter approach to Ukraine

West’s actions up the ante with Putin’s Russia

Subscriber onlyAt this writing, a welcome cease-fire in Ukraine has been arranged but not yet activated. If it's activated, I'm guessing it will fail once again and we'll be back to considering other options, including U.S. involvement by supplying deadly weapons. This would be a huge mistake, a formula for endless war and escalation. Continue reading...

Commentary: Radical faith does harm

The terrorist tragedy in Paris demonstrates once again how the world is ravaged by contradictions between medieval delusions and science-based society. Think of apes with technology. As Carl Sagan put it, "Sooner of later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces." We see these corrosive effects in the backward nature of the highly religious parts of the world, including the Middle East and the United States, by far the most religious of the industrialized nations. Continue reading...

Commentary: Natural Gas Won't Solve Climate Change

Subscriber onlySome see hydraulic fracturing, and the resulting natural gas glut, as a boon for the economy and the solution to our energy problems. But the truth is that, absent a realistic plan for solving climate change, the flood of natural gas is going to make everything even worse. Continue reading...

Commentary: America can't solve Mideast's problems

Subscriber onlyWe are one tough nation, full of testosterone and ready to tangle. You can see it in recent policing events in Ferguson and New York City; in America's far higher rates of incarceration, murder, gun ownership and capital punishment as compared with other industrialized nations; in our violence against women, violence against children, violent films, violent TV, violent football and violent rap songs; in the broken, rough, impersonal and visually violent nature of most of our inner cities; and especially in the broken lives of many of our own people. Continue reading...

Long-term Cost for Coal Energy Is Too High

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Commentary: Fayetteville becomes a bicycling town

Subscriber onlyFayetteville is becoming a real bicycling town. The trails continue expanding, many students bike to campus, and there are more and more bikes on city streets. This is good in so many ways I can't list them all. I congratulate former mayor Dan Coody for having the vision to initiate the trail system, and Mayor Lioneld Jordan for the having wisdom to expand it. Continue reading...

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