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Hoyt Purvis

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Commentary: It's Time for Setting Foreign Policy Priorities

Subscriber onlyDriving down the highway, I listen to a radio commentator in his best belligerent tone berating the Obama administration over Crimea and Ukraine. Continue reading...

Commentary: Television Network 'Discovers' Arkansas' Hardy

Subscriber onlyAlthough I have lived much of my life in Northwest Arkansas, I have lived or spent considerable time in a number of other places in the state and elsewhere. Continue reading...

Techno-Media Giants Gaining Clout

Subscriber onlyYou may have seen or heard it mentioned on the news: Comcast is taking over Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $16 billion to $19 billion. Continue reading...

Politicians Say (And Do) The Darndest Things

Subscriber onlySome may remember the old radio program with Art Linkletter called “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” then the TV show by the same name featuring Linkletter and Bill Cosby. Continue reading...

Foreign Policy Faces Fork In The Road

DO CANDIDATES, PUBLIC WANT INTERVENTION?

Subscriber onlyThis will be a year of congressional and state elections and, undoubtedly, continuing focus on the health care law and its implementation and ramifi cations. Continue reading...

Reading Suggestions On A Range Of Topics

COLUMNIST: THEODORE ROOSEVELT UNDOUBTEDLY RANKS AS ONE OF OUR MORE COLORFUL PRESIDENTS

Subscriber onlyFor many years, I have off ered end-ofyear, holiday-season commentary on books that I find interesting or important or which have found their way on to my reading list for whatever reason. Continue reading...

Reflecting On An Era Of Extremism And The Media Role

Subscriber onlyThe 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is a time for recollection and refl ection. As for recollection, my memories of those days in November 1963 are extremely vivid, as is the case with most of us old enough to remember. I learned the president had been shot when I stopped by my apartment en route from the campus at Vanderbilt in Nashville, where I was a graduate student, to my afternoon job. A short time later I heard Walter Cronkite deliver the shocking news that the president had died. For the rest of that day, Friday, Nov. 22, and the three following, I remained glued to the TV. The three major networks devoted full-time to coverage, with no commercial interruption. That Sunday morning I watched NBC’s live coverage of Jack Ruby killing suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald as he was about to be transferred from city to county custody. That’s when Ruby stepped up and shot Oswald point blank, a stupefying reallife homicide on TV. We have since seen a range of startling and m Continue reading...

Can Shutdown Showdown Be Avoided?

Subscriber onlyIt looks as if we are headed toward more budgetary brinkmanship at summer’s end. Continue reading...

COMMENTARY The Buffalo: A River Worth Fighting For

MANY OF US WHO LOVE THE AREA ARE DISTRESSED BY THE PRESENCE OF THE HOG FARM NEARBY

Subscriber onlyEstablishment of a large-scale industrial hog farm in the Buffalo National River watershed has focused renewed attention on the river and its surroundings — and should remind the public of what a treasure the Buffalo is. Continue reading...

Chinese Students Express Interest In US Politics, System

Subscriber onlyStudents in China are curious about trends and issues in American politics. That was certainly true when I lectured and met with students recently at universities in Shanghai and Nanjing. Continue reading...

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