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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...

Commentary: Fallen Sparrow Uncovers a Philosopher

Subscriber onlyProvidence -- noun; the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth. Continue reading...

Commentary: How 'Bout Them Hogs?

Two Opportunities To Make A Difference For Arkansas Are On Horizon

Subscriber only"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." Continue reading...

Commentary: What We Owe To Our Animal Friends

Group Pushes To Match Number of Animals To People Who Want Them

Subscriber onlySome people feel they have heard a "calling" to do certain things in life. Marcia Donley heard barking and meowing. By founding Spay Arkansas, Marcia acted on some of the messages she must have translated from animals in need. Continue reading...

Commentary: Cities Cannot Live On Growth Alone

Subscriber onlySeveral years ago, an extremely successful local developer made an offer to the Fayetteville City Council he figured they couldn't refuse. Four hundred trees, he announced, would be his gift to the city. I no longer remember exactly why he proffered what he considered a generous enticement, except that it had to do with tree issues in developments, where wooded areas were being leveled in order to plant subdivisions and apartments. Continue reading...

Commentary: Environmentalists Seek Hope For Global Quality

Subscriber onlyOur language seems rather poetical when we describe crowds. What else could phrases like a murder of crows, an obstinacy of buffalo, a bellowing of bullfinches, a scold of jays, a gaggle of geese, a knot of toads, a glaring of cats, a bask of crocodiles, and everyone's favorite, a congress of baboons be besides poetry? Continue reading...

Compassion In ‘Well, Bless Your Heart !’

FAYETTEVILLE WORKS HARD TO AID NEEDY, PROMOTE DIVERSITY, UNDERSTANDING

Subscriber onlyGrowing up Southern means some phrases are forever emblazoned on your brain. Certainly the empathetic smoothness of, “Well, bless your heart,” goes a long way to let us know our pains are not invisible and our hurts are recognized as valid. Continue reading...

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