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Cotton farmers need relife from hail storm

Monette, Black Oak, Lester, Leachville and the homesteads around them are small farming communities where residents look out for one another and work hard to provide for their families. Last Monday's early morning hailstorm that essentially wiped out an estimated. . .

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. . .

Ebola vs. civil liberties

Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation. It will stop the epidemic "in its tracks." And yet nurses Nina Pham and Amber. . .

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. . .

A feminist by-product: He is always guilty

By Domenick J. Maglio, Sun Guest Columnist "Girl power" has blossomed into full blown "woman power." Even though the media and the Democratic Party have promoted the "war against women," the actual facts paint a very different picture. Men have lost considerable. . .

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. . .

Putting family, government 'freebies' into perspective

It takes nearly eight hours to drive from Jonesboro to the northeast Kansas town where my son lives and I was raised. The other bonuses of the trip are I get to spend time with my mother and two of my three sisters. This time I decided to fly Air Choice One to. . .

Pastors fight censorship challenge

Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its. . .

Reality of war comes into your living room

War! Imagine that you're on the front line in battle. Bombs exploding, bullets whizzing past your ear. The soldier next to you is slowly bleeding to death. Worse yet, you've run out of ammunition. Correction — you never had any ammo to begin with. You didn't even...

Voter ID: Good experiment, bad law

When a law punishes more than 1,000 innocent people but doesn't catch any guilty people, there's something wrong with the law. Such is the case with the voter ID requirement that was struck down unanimously by the Arkansas Supreme Court last week. Four justices. . .

Good news has little value during 2014 election

Good news was once a valued commodity, even in an election year — especially in an election year. But now the sky has to be falling every day. Barack Obama needs to be seen leading the country to ruin (elections in the South and Midwest depend upon it) so every. . .

What's more important: Academics or athletics?

An academic probe at the University of North Carolina found that a secret program that amounted to cheating and automatic grades for many student-athletes went on for nearly two decades. The program allowed many academically challenged student-athletes to remain. . .

Both sides of alcohol amendment have similar interests

The battle over Issue No. 4 on Arkansas general election ballots, at least in financing the campaign messages, is between those who would like to sell alcoholic beverages and those who would like to continue selling alcoholic beverages. Issue No. 4, whose popular. . .

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. . .

Green cards, visas impact salaries of college grads

The second quarter report on the economy has it growing at a real rate 4.2 percent, which is good news. The problem is that wage growth is still anemic for most Americans. In April, the average hourly wage for American workers was $24.31, but during the past 12. . .

Nothing to fear but panic itself

WASHINGTON — Richard Preston, whose 1994 book "The Hot Zone" brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had ripped open, exposing him to a potentially fatal toxin. "I started to feel giddy,". . .