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Dems turn up focus on minimum wage issue

LITTLE ROCK — Near Arkansas' state Capitol, a billboard erected by opponents of a ballot measure to legalize alcohol sales statewide doesn't warn voters about potential dangers of expanded drinking. Instead, it tells them to vote to "keep tax dollars here." The. . .

Commission grapples with high cost of college athletics

Even the reform-minded Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics doesn't seem to know what to do about the march toward professionalism in major college sports programs. The commission met last week and, according to a commission news release, vowed to. . .

Thoughts of teammates, not symbols, will endure

Symbols can illicit strong emotions. Swastikas remind us of the holocaust and the genocide German Nazis used to "cleanse" their populations to produce a fabricated white master race. Confederate flags remind some of the savagery of slavery and a Civil War that. . .

Kissinger’s support for Israel runs deep

At the age of 91, Henry Kissinger has published yet another book — his 17th in 60 years, according to his biographer Walter Isaacson. In that sense, "World Order" is something of a miracle, but it is also a swell read. So, I initially thought, was a review of it. . .

Hilltop makes good economic sense for Jonesboro

The proposed development at Hilltop in Jonesboro has gotten a fair amount of press in the past few weeks, with most of it trending neutral to negative. From what I gather in casual conversations, the major complaints against the project have to do with water. . .

Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself

As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention. Yes, that Mark Sanford — the erstwhile Appalachian Trail wanderer. . .

Investing in the judicial marketplace

When the United States Supreme Court decided that the old maxim "money speaks" needed to be in the Constitution and, in fact, was already there hiding in the First Amendment, it took a while for the concept to root in remote Arkansas. It took a while for big. . .

Islamic State should be Middle East's problem

Just when we thought Congress couldn't agree on anything, we're caught by surprise. It turns out the suits in Washington can agree on something: killing terrorists. All four members of Arkansas' U.S. House delegation voted to support the president's plan to arm. . .

The jihadi logic

What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion? There are two. . .

Why do Americans hate America?

After some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said he thinks one reason for the defection is that too many of the defectors have forgotten what it means to be British. As a means of fighting the. . .

The value of a human life

From Belgium comes news that a mentally disturbed prisoner is to be granted government help in committing suicide. A typically shallow ethical debate ensued — isn't assisted suicide for a prisoner a bit too close to capital punishment? — before the trump card of...

Helmet decal decision may cause more woes

In their desire to appease all parties in the football helmet decal controversy, Arkansas State University officials may be in for more headaches. Late Wednesday, the university notified all parties that "in the interest of allowing our student-athletes to. . .

What is and is not child abuse

My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids. Or so many of Adrian Peterson's critics would have you believe. Peterson, a star of the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested recently for child abuse. . .

Debate shows new faultlines in race

LITTLE ROCK — Usually overshadowed by a nationally watched Senate race that could decide which party controls that chamber, Arkansas' gubernatorial hopefuls showed they have just as many jabs to throw at each other as they met for their first televised debate last. . .

We underestimated the Islamic State

The U.S. has made the same mistake in evaluating fighters from the Islamic State that it did in Vietnam — by underestimating the enemy's will, according to James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Clapper's comments came in a telephone interview. . .

School elections: Big issues, few voters

You wouldn't know it from all the political ads still running, but some of the most important elections in Arkansas this year have already occurred. Those would be Tuesday's school elections. In Jacksonville and north Pulaski County, 95 percent of voters elected. . .