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Fighting back the right

Author promotes declaration of seculur humanism

Subscriber onlyI just read "Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America From the Attack on Reason" by David Niose, former president and present legal advisor of the American Humanist Association and author of "Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans." Continue reading...

Commentary: Is war in Mideast endless?

United States’ role should be limited to humanitarian aid

Subscriber onlyTunisia, which gave birth to the Arab Spring, was for a few years that movement's lone success. Then three Libyan-trained Islamic State gunmen killed 20 tourists last March at a museum, and an Islamic State gunman killed 39 and wounded 36 tourists last June at a beach resort, destroying Tunisia's valuable tourist trade. Today that nation is sinking into unemployment and violence, and is a leading supplier of religious radicals to Islamic State in Syria. Continue reading...

Daunting numbers

United States gun culture at heart of too many deaths

Subscriber onlyIn a recent interview with BBC, President Obama was asked about gun violence in America. He stated, "That is an area where ... I've been most frustrated and most stymied." Continue reading...

On the horizon

Earth-sized “telescope” to shed light on black hole

Subscriber onlyA monster lurks at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. You won't see this monster directly, and you won't even see the stars residing anywhere near the center, but you can gaze in the center's direction by finding the constellation Sagittarius. Continue reading...

Commentary: Region needs passenger rail

United States ignores true costs of cars, highways

Subscriber onlySuppose you want to get to Dallas from Fayetteville. It's 333 miles by car amounting to 5 1/2 hours one way, not counting stops for gasoline, eating and unwinding your cramped body. Continue reading...

Commentary: Once again into Iraq?

Subscriber onlyA few days ago, Sen. John McCain of Arizona called the capture of the key Iraqi city of Ramadi by the Islamic State terrorist group "one of the most disgraceful episodes in American history" and slammed President Obama's decision to withdraw American troops from the country in 2011. He's wrong on both counts. His views are an example of what's wrong with our national security policy. Continue reading...

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...

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