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The zealots win again

The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit. On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to politicians or causes is the most effective way to augment and. . .

Menu labeling poses negative consequence

By Brent Medders, Guest columnist In the coming weeks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to release a final ruling on a little known provision buried in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requiring restaurants with...

Educators being deceived by Common Core, Obama

Last week a "conservative" proponent for Common Core was interviewed on a local radio station. She spouted the same line that other proponents, legislators and governors everywhere are using to combat critics of Common Core. She repeatedly said Common Core doesn't...

Women's care shouldn't be lost in investigation

The relationship and trust between a patient and his or her doctor are two of the fundamental requirements for obtaining quality health care. Needless to say, some of these visits, communications and exams can be quite stressful. To receive appropriate and. . .

Menu labeling poses negative consequence

In the coming weeks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to release a final ruling on a little known provision buried in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requiring restaurants with 20 or more locations to erect in-store...

Erasing the race card needs to happen soon

One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens. Leading the weird lately has been Democratic Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes, who. . .

From Manhattan to Washington, Indians get snookered

Twenty-four dollars. That, supposedly, was the price Gov. Peter Minuit paid American Indians for the island of Manhattan in 1625. It's a tale historians find suspect. In the first place, whatever Minuit paid was in goods valued at 60 17th-century Dutch guilders;. . .

Existential crisis for Obama, too

As President Barack Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin's Russia than it does to the U.S. or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for the West, so far, it. . .

Chicken Little 'science'

The cult centered on "global warming" alarmism is getting hot under the collar. People seem to have stopped paying attention and polls show "climate change" barely registers on a list of voters' concerns. This can only mean, as losing politicians like to say, that. . .

Obamacare shutters Mena's free medical clinic

When the Mena Star reported that Ninth Street Ministries would close its free medical clinic for the uninsured this month because nearly everyone in the mountains and glens around the town had gotten insurance through Obamacare, the story went viral on the. . .

Nix special election on sales tax measure

Regardless of what city officials do, the city's half-cent public safety sales tax will expire Dec. 31. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin deserves credit for recognizing early on that an extension of the tax would be dead in the water if city officials sought voter. . .

Transparency in pay would require Paycheck Fairness Act

Transparency in banking and business is vital to maintaining confidence in the system and ensuring that neither the buyer nor the seller can take advantage of one another. This transparency is increasingly evident in the actions of the Federal Reserve Bank. The. . .

The GOP's amateur hour

Not to put too fine a point on it, but what has Rand Paul ever done? Oh, sure, he's a member of the U.S. Senate, but only a freshman, and it's the only political office he has ever held. He's an ophthalmologist, a father, a husband and the son of Ron Paul, who. . .

We can't afford not to fund Alzheimer's research

Advocates for the Alzheimer's Association made a push in Congress this week for more funding for research. They based their argument on the costs of Alzheimer's. This disease, which causes so much pain for patients and their families, also threatens the nation's. . .

State Supreme Court will soon have majority of female justices

Political primaries in Arkansas have become somewhat ho-hum, now that we have a two-party system. Most of the interesting races will be in November. Nevertheless, one historic change will take place on May 20, which is also when the state's judicial elections. . .

Millennials need to create their own job opportunities

Millennials are perhaps the most academically educated generation in our nation. The media has tagged them as the most overindulged, self-aggrandizing and "plugged in" group of young adults ever. The millennial's major gripe is that there are no educationally. . .

Appeal puts new focus on social issues

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's decision to appeal a ruling striking down Arkansas' 12- week abortion ban isn't just giving hope to conservative activists who want to preserve one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. It also could inject a new focus. . .

Teaching has changed; students not so much

God blessed me by not making me a school teacher. I'm sure the students, school administrators and parents are grateful as well. That's not to disparage school teachers or the schools they teach in. How they manage to enlighten young minds in the times of No. . .

What have we done?

Everytime the left tries to convince us that everything we once knew as right and good is now considered wrong and evil, I see what this does to those not strong enough in character or well-grounded in their Christian faith to withstand such pressures. I am...