Art Hobson

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ART HOBSON: Governor's road response excellent

But what should Arkansas do now?

Subscriber onlyArkansas has annual highway "needs" totaling about $900 million, but only about $450 million available in highway allocations. The state Highway Commission hoped to get some of the difference from other existing general state revenues. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's response was perfect: Continue reading...

Art Hobson: Shootings as American as apple pie

Volume of gun violence shows need to address the problem

Subscriber onlyI'm no expert on gun violence, but events have surely shown we'd better pay attention to it. The Las Vegas massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, but it was only one of many shootings and we need to develop some feeling for these numbers. Then, maybe, we'll begin to do something. Continue reading...

Art Hobson: Make peace with North Korea

U.S. policy helps increase tensions in world

Subscriber onlyAmerica and North Korea are entangled in a perilous game. The U.S., which could have prevented this impasse, needs a rational foreign policy based on current realities. Continue reading...

Art Hobson: The lightness of neutrinos

Understanding of our world goes deeper

Subscriber onlyPlease allow me to introduce you to one of nature's strangest objects: the neutrino. Continue reading...

Art Hobson: Cooperate with enemies

U.S. policies not helping to stabilize world

Subscriber onlyIn my previous column, I argued that, given his aim of maintaining absolute power, Kim Jong Un's nuclear weapons are actually a rational response to America's aggressive foreign policy. Continue reading...

Art Hobson: Kim Jong Un's rationale

North Korean leader’s key concern is staying in power

Subscriber onlyAlthough global warming poses the planet's greatest long-term danger, nuclear weapons are the major short-term threat. North Korea's recent acquisition of nuclear weapons is perilous and deplorable, but it's not Kim Jong Un's fault alone. It's an inevitable consequence of the failure of the nuclear powers, including us, to work toward a nuclear-weapons-free world. Continue reading...

Art Hobson: The USA is in trouble

Despite nation’s wealth, country has a lot of ailments

Subscriber onlyRecently my extended family got together near the beach in Venice, Calif. Like other U.S. cities, it bears the scars of our national dysfunction. By day, the boardwalk, bikeway and adjoining businesses are packed with thousands of people. But when the sun dips, the tone darkens as homeless people, some mentally ill and some on drugs, begin to dominate. Restaurants and bars won't accept new customers after 8 p.m., and tourists vanish, fearing for their safety. The daily financial turnover along the boardwalk must be an enormous boon for this city of 41,000, but it all stops when evening falls and homelessness, poverty, mental illness and drugs take charge of Venice's crown jewel. Continue reading...

Art Hobson: And all that jazz

America’s music delivers lifetime of memories

Subscriber onlyToday, let's stroll down my own lane of memories of America's greatest invention. Continue reading...

Art Hobson: Our overpopulated planet

Rate of births exceeding Earth’s capacities

Subscriber onlyHenderson Island, an uninhabited South Pacific atoll, is so isolated as to be practically untouched, ever, by human presence. Yet according to scientists who studied it in 2015, this island is the final resting place for 38 million pieces of mostly plastic trash, with 3,500 pieces washing up daily. The garbage comes from China, South America, Europe, USA --from the world. Ocean plastic entangles marine mammals and fish, is ingested by birds, never degrades and floats for decades. Humans dispose of 8 million tons of plastic in the oceans every year. That's 200,000 large interstate truck loads per year -- and only a tiny fraction of humankind's total trash load on the planet. Continue reading...

Art Hobson: Car trouble in Northwest Arkansas

Region’s reliance on automobiles harmful, not sustainable

Subscriber onlyHow to capture the sorry state of our transportation? There are many good books, with solutions -- James Kunstler's classic "The Geography of Nowhere"; Jane Holtz Kay's "Asphalt Nation"; Katie Alvord's "Divorce Your Car!"; and Alex Marshall's "How Cities Work." Our bad transportation habits have become so embedded in infrastructure and culture that it's difficult to imagine extricating ourselves, but try we must. Continue reading...

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