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Old bank building a wart on downtown

It may be ugly, but, like a Weeble, it won't fall down. And that's too bad. Yes, the old Citizens Bank Building at the entrance to a revitalized and now vibrant Downtown Jonesboro stands as a sentinel of decay to what the city's downtown once epitomized —. . .

U.S. citizens have a right to protest, even in Ferguson, Mo.

Last week, a federal judge told us what we already knew. Namely, that police in Ferguson, Missouri, violated the rights of protesters demonstrating against the shooting death of Michael Brown. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry struck down an ad hoc rule under. . .

Themes same, tone new in Arkansas debate

ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press FAYETTEVILLE — Based on their back-to-back televised debates, the hotly contested race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton boils down to one question: Do voters hate President Barack Obama or. . .

Blessed be the caregivers

A man my age grows up wondering: Could I have hit the beach at Normandy? How would I have handled being trapped near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, thousands of Chinese pouring over the border and a bitter winter coming on fast? What about Vietnam, or later. . .

Barack Obama: Bewildered bystander

The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government's handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times last Saturday. There's only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the Times.. . .

Who needs an Ebola czar?

"Rabbi, is there a proper blessing for the czar?" He thinks for a moment and responds: "May God bless and keep the czar ... far away from us!"SEmD"Fiddler on the Roof" Today, "czar" is a term encouraged by the media to describe one who oversees a specific. . .

You hurt my feelings; say you're sorry

We have moved from saying "sticks and stones will break my bones" to "anything you say may hurt my feelings, so watch what you say or I will make sure you suffer." The U.S. Supreme Court has confirmed that the First Amendment, no matter the vulgarity of the. . .

Private option will put state in the red

Guest columnist For the past biennium, the architects of the private option have been telling everyone that the health care plan is a good deal for Arkansas. The reality is that the private option implemented Obamacare in Arkansas and is threatening to put...

What's scary? Billions spent on Halloween

I hate to be a killjoy, but I think Halloween has gotten completely out of control. I'm all for children dressing up in ghoulish costumes and going trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, but the mountain of money people are spending on Halloween is simply. . .

Recession possibilities abound

During the middle of the second quarter there was concern that the economy might be headed for a recession. The first quarter's growth was negative and a second quarter of negative growth would technically qualify as a recession. It didn't happen. Growth in the. . .

Issue No. 1: More democratic or more meddling?

Should legislators be entrusted with more power at the expense of the governor and state agencies? You'll decide by voting yes or no on Issue No. 1. The proposal would amend the Arkansas Constitution so that all state agency administrative rules would require. . .

Romney would have pushed Obamacare

Since it's too late in the election cycle for much else, can we engage in some historical what-ifs? Specifically, what if Mitt Romney had peaked in the spring of 2008 rather than 2012? His own fortunes, Barack Obama's and the country's might have been. . .

Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness

If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts — the four-legged variety rather than those running for office. Ballot initiatives aimed at protecting bears and wolves from hounding, trapping. . .

Voter ID law won’t be issue for 2014 general election

Early voting in the 2014 general election is well under way, and we can all rejoice in the fact that the most expensive, most negative mid-term election in American history will soon be history. I don't vote early, but I'm glad that others do. Having covered so. . .

An army at dawn in the Middle East

A glimpse of the anxiety sweeping the Arab world surfaced last week when an Arab woman complained during a talk in Amman at the Columbia Global Center for the Middle East. She said my speech's title about the "crisis" in the region wasn't accurate. The correct. . .

Holocaust survivor's story should never be forgotten

I'll never tire of reading the real-life stories of Holocaust survivors. I only wish they didn't have those stories to tell. Unfortunately, they do; and their heartbreaking accounts of suffrage and mistreatment at the hands and actions of their fellow mankind. . .