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Taxes take their toll on manufacturing

Arkansas and the states belonging to its region continue to rely on the manufacturing industry for economic growth and jobs. Among its neighbors, however, Arkansas is the least competitive in the industry. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) data shows Arkansas'...

Lockheed deal bad for Ark. taxpayers

Rarely do I agree with Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-brother-backed organization that has its tentacles all over American politics these days, but an email the Arkansas chapter of the organization sent Tuesday hit the nail on the head. Lockheed Martin needs. . .

Kristol off the mark on baby boomers

One can understand why The Weekly Standard's William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity in the service of a blank page. In the June 1 issue of the. . .

Distracted by trivia while Libya burned

Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it's a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton's email exchanges about Libya with her longtime friend, Sidney Blumenthal. Still, these messages offer some useful insights. . .

Society forcing kids to grow up too soon

Graduating from kindergarten is the first step in a long line of ridiculous social experiments our schools induce into the minds of young children these days. I mean, if you can't pass kindergarten without being showcased in a cap and gown, cameras flashing, and. . .

No Memorial Day for inner-city dead

"Black lives matter!" was the chant heard at recent demonstrations in cities and towns from Ferguson, Mo., to Baltimore. Yes, they do matter, but apparently not so much to some other blacks. Only when a white police officer shoots or engages in other behavior that. . .

Mayors need to talk before filing lawsuits

Before filing lawsuits and counter-suits, the mayors of Walnut Ridge and College City need to take a deep breath and relax. Their second order of business should be to set up a meeting so they can sit down and listen to each other's concerns and the reasons why. . .

Reality beats ideology with 600 jobs on the line

This week, state legislators, many of them elected promising to fight big government, will vote for a lot of it, coming and going. They will do so because today's realities will trump their political ideologies. The legislators are meeting to vote in special. . .

Those who do not learn from history...

Those who do not learn from history are condemned to relive it. If there is any group for which this saying is most appropriate, its economists. Most economists do not study the history of economic thought in graduate school, and it's rarely taught at the. . .

Collapse of Iraq falls on Obama, not Bush

You want hypotheticals? Here's one Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it's the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an. . .

Blanching Hitler

"I remember waking up," Adolf Hitler says. "I was lying on an area of undeveloped land, surrounded by terraces of houses." The year is 2011, somewhere in Berlin, and Hitler, uniformed as he was when he committed suicide, cannot account for how he got where he. . .

Less state support pushes up college students’ costs

‘Tis the season for tuition increases, and almost all of Arkansas' public colleges and universities are getting in on the action, which complicates things especially for first-time students and their parents. Almost any institution can find ways to cut costs, and. . .

Arkansas session tests governor for future fights

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson appears unlikely to face any insurmountable obstacles in his push for incentives to lure a defense project to the state, or any of the other major items on his agenda when lawmakers convene this week. But the special. . .

PFC Jared Hunter forced to make a shameful choice

Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep. But he found that marijuana helped. It took the anger. . .

Transgender: Another fad indicationg society out of whack

Our nation was established with understanding and respect for natural law. The Founders realized that attempting to change human nature was futile. This nonreality orientation would evolve into a nonfunctioning society. Perversion of nature produces guilt,. . .