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Why do humans defy their natural survival instincts regarding the environment?

Humans ignore environment at their peril

Subscriber onlyThere's something very curious about the human species that certainly defies what living creatures are supposedly born with, the instinct to survive. Whether the technique is through flight, fear or fighting, generally the biological goal of life is to stay alive and to keep future generations alive. For example, probably no creature is fiercer than a mother protecting her young. So if humans, with our large brains, show signs of not following a survival instinct, nor parenting toward that goal, it seems logical to assume something's seriously messed up somewhere. Allowing our natural environmental systems to deteriorate runs counter to what instinct should demand of us for ourselves and our children and their children. Continue reading...

Commentary: Bills by Hester, Hendren attack environmental protections

Bills by Hester, Hendren attack protections for environment

Subscriber onlyWhenever politicians migrate back to the capital city, the citizenry of our fair state needs to be reminded of the old saw, "Nothing is safe while the legislature is in session." Alas, long dreamed-of power to satisfy long-suppressed desires is bursting forth in our state Legislature, where one party rules the roost and both houses. These folks are salivating as if they are in a free candy store, introducing bills with wild abandonment to consequences. Continue reading...

Commentary: One Little Lady Leads Against The Giants

Subscriber onlyImagine this scene: fierce, gigantic monsters, aliens, robots, transformers and invaders of recent horror movie fame standing in a line of self-defense opposite one small, frail gray-haired woman in her 80s, holding nothing in her hand but her oxygen tank. She is standing firmly, just staring at them much like that Chinese student who stood alone in front of tanks in Tiananmen Square and became a global symbol of defiance. That kind of standoff is how I will always think of her. Continue reading...

Commentary: Sustaining Hope For A Less-Grinchy Christmas

Subscriber only"Maybe Christmas, he thought, means a little bit more." Continue reading...

Commentary: Chamber Actions Show Need For Separation Of Powers

Subscriber onlyIt is often said, "The business of business is business." Our job in the general population is to decide when business should mind its own business and not ours. Continue reading...

Commentary: Watch What You Vote For

Subscriber onlyOnce again that dangerous season has arrived. Continue reading...

Commentary: Numbers Add Up To A Strained Future

Subscriber onlyFor 48 years I've lived in a mixed marriage. My husband is a math/physics person, and I am an English/humanities person, but we cross over on an as-needed basis. He enjoys the concrete nature of numbers and is frustrated by the changing dynamics of language, while math just plain confounds me. Generally, we respect the other's territories and the twains manage to co-exist. Continue reading...

Commentary: Arkansans Gear Up For March To 'Change Everything'

Subscriber only"I am probably the wrong person to be organizing this, but no one else seemed to be doing it, so here I am," said Edward Hejtmanek of Fayetteville after discovering no buses had yet been scheduled from Arkansas destined for the largest climate march in history. Continue reading...

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Subscriber only"... and a little child shall lead them." Continue reading...

The Big Job We Know Little About

Subscriber onlyConfessions are good for the soul, or so I've heard, so I'll admit that in the past I have usually voted for the commissioner of state lands more in a partisan way than in an educated way. This voting method would be grounds for embarrassment if I believed I was the only one who has generally forgotten about this state job until faced with it at the polls. So, I'll plead, "Oops!" as Texas Gov. Rick Perry so eloquently phrased his unpreparedness. Continue reading...

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