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We live in a world where sometimes it seems as though there are very few positive things to report on. With our nation's political strife being played out on every television channel and newspaper in our country, it's hard to find solace in the constant. . .

He played chess; she played checkers

Donald Trump won the Republican Party nomination because he was playing checkers while the other candidates were playing chess, and it was a checkers year. In November, the opposite happened: He checkmated Hillary Clinton while she was playing checkers. Remember. . .

Ben Carson: Role model

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the. . .

A career milestone worthy of recognition

When I woke up Tuesday morning, I poured myself a cup of coffee � as I always do � sat on the couch and called up that day's edition of The Jonesboro Sun on my tablet. There, at the bottom of the front page where NEA Baptist always has an ad, was my doctor's. . .

Trump: A Gong Show with no gong

Whether he knows it or not, the spec- ter of Lyndon Baines Johnson haunts Donald John Trump. There are some jarring similarities � two big fleshy men given to vulgarities and gauche behavior, boastful, thin-skinned, olitically amoral, venge- ful, unforgiving. . .

Republican economics 3.0

If the rumors coming from the Trump transition team are to be believed, the promised infrastructure spending is going to be put on the back burner for at least the next couple of years. The reason for this is said to be Trump's interest in his tax-cut pro-gram,. . .

Medical aid in dying becoming hallmark of patient-centered care

One thing the national election did not change: as the nation's 75 million baby boomers retire, an ever growing number grapple with the reality that people die in circum- stances they would not choose. At a time when the country is divided, the election showed one...

Push for university status achieved 50 years ago

Fifty years ago today then-Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller signed a bill designating Arkansas State College as a university. The legislation consisted of only three sections of one sentence each and on its face did nothing more than change the name of the institution.. . .