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State Democrats relying on political newcomers

LITTLE ROCK — Paul Spencer teaches politics and government to high school students in Little Rock and for the past several years led a group that's pushed for stricter ethics rules and campaign finance limits. He's never held elected office or appeared on. . .

Parental sacred duty

Parents are very concerned about the schools their children attend. They want the best education their money can buy. The rich and famous put their child in the finest, most exclusive schools. Parents often drive their child across town to place them in the best. . .

Farewell to a friend

"Living on the road my friend, Was gonna keep you free and clean And now you wear your skin like iron, And your breath as hard as kerosene" "Pancho and Lefty" Townes Van Zandt I felt like a trapdoor had opened beneath my feet, and my stomach plunged into...

The politics of failure

American democracy works well when what's best for the country coincides with what's best and easiest politically for elected officials. It also can work when elected officials act sacrificially in the nation's interest regardless of the politics. Neither. . .

Is Iran in our gun sights now?

"Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender." Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S....

What to do for little Charlie Gard

One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. He is a beautiful 11-month-old boy with an incurable genetic disease. It depletes his cells' energy-producing structures (the mitochondria), thereby progressively ravaging his. . .

Porking out with your money

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to eliminate governmental waste and fraud, just released its "2017 Congressional Pig Book," an annual publication highlighting wasteful government spending that should. . .

Sales tax should be levied on all online purchases

A recent Jonesboro City Council meeting got heated when a resolution, drafted by the Arkansas Municipal League asking Gov. Asa Hutchinson to call a special session to address sales taxes of goods purchased online, was brought up. Currently, the only purchases. . .