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Hutchinson’s tax cut will have no impact

The federal government is responsible for stabilizing the economy, which means limiting inflation and maximizing employment. For those reasons the federal government runs budget deficits to expand demand and increase employment and budget surpluses to reduce. . .

Despite contrary evidence, some youngsters are paying attention

With all the ultraliberal social and fiscal policy changes in our nation the last few years, I'm worried about the future, especially for our children and grandchildren. The whacky changes in educational curriculum and social mores added to the tremendous amount. . .

Hutchinson walks fine line in Medicaid speech

LITTLE ROCK — Goodbye, private option. Hello, AsaCare. Calling on lawmakers to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion alive through 2016 as he eyes a longer term health care plan, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is trying to take ownership of an issue where. . .

Netanyahu's contempt for Obama

It would not surprise me if at the next Republican National Convention Benjamin Netanyahu took a seat in the delegates-from-abroad section. The Israeli leader has both allied and associated himself with congressional Republicans who differ with President Obama. . .

County should adopt merit pay system

In December, Craighead County Quorum Court justices of the peace decided to give every county employee a $1,000 raise in 2015 instead of considering raise requests from each county department. Too complicated, they decided. That cost taxpayers $285,000 this year. . .

The sacrifice of Sarah Palin

When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A — Sarah Palin. This isn't to say that Palin was part of the war on women, though many Democrats would say so. Rather she was one of the war's most conspicuous victims. . .

Cake Wars II: Predictable

Someone should have predicted Cake Wars II. No, that's not a new summer blockbuster from Marvel. Rather, "Cake Wars" is Slate's name for the latest wrinkle in the battle over same-sex marriage. It seems a Colorado man recently filed a civil rights complaint. . .

Please let me keep my teeth

You can lead a politician to the water, but you can't make him drink it — especially if it's fluoridated. It's political season again, and while politicians are in Little Rock proposing bills to curb access to public information, pull insurance away from nearly a. . .

Auschwitz, today

Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of "never again" on Tuesday's 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance. It has become routine. If the kosher-grocery. . .

Hutchinson may prove to be state's 'health care governor'

One fine day in 1999, Governor Mike Huckabee, with his earnest but sometimes zany public health director at his side, announced that before he left office he intended to see that everyone in Arkansas had health insurance. Huckabee had discovered the health issue. . .

'Free' community college will dumb down standards

"Free" community college will be a poison pill for the local governance of the institution and its quality of education for students. There will be an increasing population of unmotivated and non-caring students who believe they are entitled to a two-year. . .

The same lesson from Yemen

What went wrong for the U.S.-backed government in Yemen and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against al-Qaida's most dangerous affiliate? Both questions have disturbing answers. President Barack Obama touted Yemen just last. . .

County's personnel problems go back a number of years

Craighead County's problems with paying its employees have been building for a long time, and they just got worse with a big turnover bringing several inexperienced county officials into office. The quorum court offered a possible solution in 2005 but ran into. . .

Another snow job

The network meteorologists barely had time to come up for air while "forecasting" the latest snowstorm non-disaster. Politicians, fearing what might happen to their approval numbers if a blizzard hit, went on TV to announce they were taking proactive. . .

Here's some hopeful national debt news

If you're a person who reads this newspaper section or clicks on this column online, you're probably aware of the national debt and maybe a little concerned, but you're not crazy about reading 700 words about it. I get it. The numbers are mind-boggling and the. . .

A season of wretched excess

Beer, Benjamin Franklin supposedly said but almost certainly didn't, is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Without cannonballing into deep theological waters, perhaps Deflategate proves the same thing. This scrumptious NFL pratfall — think of...