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Hoyt Purvis: Hypocritic vs. Hippocratic

Distrust in Washington makes real progress difficult

Subscriber onlyAs the nation continues to stumble and bumble along a path that might lead to a reasonable, manageable health-care system, the issue is consistently dominated by political considerations rather than legitimate concerns about affordable and accessible medical care. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: Independence Day with Brezhnev

Memories of meeting with Soviet leader still vivid

Subscriber onlyMost of us have memories and recollections we associate with the Fourth of July: family gatherings, fireworks, picnics and cookouts, baseball, swimming, fishing, the "Capitol Fourth" on the mall in Washington, in person or on TV. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: Global realities

Is Trump’s nationalism too narrow a view?

Subscriber onlyThe domestic political turmoil over Russian interference in our politics is in itself an indication of the reality of globalization in this cyber age, complete with foreign hacking and fake news generated abroad. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: So much to see

Political commentators get hooked on “look”

Subscriber onlyLook, I'm going to tell you what's really happening or what it really means. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: Caught in the Net

Trump could be entangled by neutrality debate

Subscriber onlyWhile President Trump is getting a civics lesson, with a reminder there are three branches of government (and an informal fourth branch -- the media), he acknowledges the presidency "is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." He also now admits "you have to be flexible," explaining the many instances when he has switched positions on issues. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: No war to end war?

Attack on Syria raises questions about U.S. intervention

Subscriber onlyWhen I was a student in France in the early 1960s, I spent time visiting those areas that had been the battleground for World War I. It was an educational and emotional experience. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: Old traditions, new norms

What are we giving up with today’s culture?

Subscriber onlyEarly on a sunny afternoon -- March 20, 1954 -- along with some of my junior high buddies, I walked a couple of miles from downtown Jonesboro to the gym at what was then Arkansas State College. We wanted to assure we were the first to get in when the doors opened for the state high school basketball championship game and to get the best possible seats. We succeeded and watched an undefeated (34-0) Jonesboro High team win the state title, defeating Van Buren in that final game. For a hometown fan and aspiring player, it was a notable occasion. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: Leaks, loose lips and sources

Trump complains, relies on anonymous sources, too

Subscriber onlyLeaks and loose lips have characterized our political communication at various points in our history, though seldom to the extent we are currently experiencing. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: Enemies, bullies and leadership

Trump, others lead by way of confusion, controversy

Subscriber onlyLeadership and leadership style among public officials are highly relevant topics for study and analysis in these days of political transition and turmoil. Executives, ranking officials and legislators are bringing differing and in some cases forceful and assertive approaches to leadership and policy-making, which can easily morph into bullying and targeting "enemies." Continue reading...

Controlling the agenda

Controlling the agenda

Subscriber onlyLater this week we will witness the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: Trump's inexperience, demeanor challenging

President-elect adds to world’s unpredictability

Subscriber onlyThere are many uncertainties about the directions foreign policy will take under a President Trump. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: Facts, fiction or none of the above

A few recommendations for winter reading

Subscriber onlyAt this time of year, I customarily write a column about books -- notable, interesting, subjects of special significance, usually recent volumes. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: A bipartisan example?

Trump could learn a few things from Fulbright

Subscriber onlyA few hours after President-elect Trump met with outgoing President Obama at the White House last Thursday, another event took place a few blocks away. Continue reading...

Presidential parallels, paradoxes

Rough campaign conjures church wars of 1930s

Subscriber onlyAs a youngster growing up in Jonesboro, I heard a lot about the city’s church war of the 1930s. Some of it seemed hard to believe, but the then-small town in Northeast Arkansas had indeed been the scene of a fierce struggle for control of local pulpits and congregations. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: The media blame game

Trump views reporting, questions as bias

Subscriber onlyWhen this campaign finally ends, there will be lots of post-mortem examination of the role of the media. Indeed, that topic has been at the center of controversy throughout the campaign process. Continue reading...

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