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Leaving the harder path

There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be a national emergency. Challenge Congres...

Beebe tries to leave mark with budget

LITTLE ROCK — Painting a bleak picture of the impact tax cuts already approved could have on state agencies, outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe wasn't just trying to issue a warning to a Republican successor elected on a vow to slash income taxes. He's also trying to leave. . .

Iraqi Grain Board disses American rice farmers

There's little more degrading than having someone spit in your face. Well, that's exactly what the Iraqi Grain Board has done to American rice farmers. American servicemen and women have spilled their blood all over Iraq to free the Iraqi people from an evil,. . .

Even big business enjoying Obamacare

It was inevitable. The long crusade against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has pivoted from a battle against socialism to a populist war against big business: The program known as Obamacare is now supposed to be merely a feed trough for the. . .

Jonesboro parks, recreation opportunities there for all

Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler spoke to Jonesboro Kiwanians on Wednesday about changes taking place around Jonesboro. And he spoke briefly about what's to come. Huffstetler spoke at length about renovations at the Southside Softball. . .

Teaching hate

"You've got to be taught to hate..." —Oscar Hammerstein, "South Pacific" The murder on Tuesday of five people and the serious wounding of several others while they were praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem is only the latest in a continuing pattern of violence and. . .

Parental absence results in dysfunctional families

Parents usually want the best for their children. Today there are more choices than ever about raising a child. Almost everyone who has raised a child is a know-it-all expert. People who have even limited exposure write books believing they are going to. . .

Bill Cosby, serial rapist? That's a lot to forgive

Wow. Just ... wow. So what's next? Will it turn out Mother Teresa was a pornographer? Or Mr. Rogers a meth head? Is Billy Graham running a prostitution ring? Why not? Such ridiculous scenarios seem far less so in the wake of recent news. Namely, renewed a. . .

Agenda 21 becomes a bogeyman for Tea Party arguments

A United Nations document known as Agenda 21, originally signed by the United States and 177 other nations in 1992, has become the bogeyman for many causes opposed by members of the tea party movement. During the past two years in Jonesboro, Agenda 21 has been. . .

Real men don't

I am talking about men who live by a certain code, who know that rape is repugnant, that gang rape is vile and that so-called men who do these things are criminals. I am talking at the moment of the frat boys at the University of Virginia who are accused of rap. . .

Are you a conservative, liberal or a socialist?

Now that the election has come and gone, the stage is set for some potentially interesting legislative proposals. Will we see well-thought-out legislation that is meticulously explained or will we be subject to the same kind of TV sound bites and glittering. . .

Pope Francis calls for family resurrection

News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to. . .

The Islamic State's terrifying strategy

A centerpiece of President Barack Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State is mobilizing tribal fighters to join the Iraqi military in retaking Anbar and other Sunni-dominated provinces. But new research shows the jihadists have been working since 2009 to. . .

Counting our blessings in Northeast Arkansas

I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. I have a loving wife, three healthy and successful children, a warm home and great jobs that provide most of the important things we need and want out of life. My 83-year-old mother is doing well despite. . .

The climate pact swindle

Historic. Such is the ubiquitous description of the climate agreement recently announced in Beijing between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping in which China promised for the first time to cap carbon emissions. If this were a real breakthrough, I'd be an enthusiastic. . .

Runoff: Are they more or less democrat?

When I told Jill Dabbs that she should already have been declared the winner in her race to be re-elected mayor of Bryant, I was surprised that she disagreed. Dabbs placed first in a three-person race with 47 percent of the vote. In Tuesday's runoff, she faces. . .