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Remembering a towering figure in Maryland politics

Although he certainly did not look the part, Marvin Mandel thought of himself as a latter-day Duke of Windsor. Just as the duke had abdicated the British throne to marry "the woman I love," so did Mandel lose the Maryland governorship and even go to jail so that. . .

Arms race escalates in major-college athletics

As the college football season kicks off this week, the arms race for athletic supremacy has escalated. Two recent changes in National Collegiate Athletic Association rules have resulted in members providing some $160 million a year in additional benefits to. . .

Tragedy in Roanoke

The horrible murder of two local journalists in Roanoke, Va., has affected me more than I thought it would. Journalists are taught early on to compartmentalize. As a local TV reporter, I saw bodies from plane crashes and victims of mass murder. I covered natural. . .

Pay raise pendulum can swing both ways

It makes little sense to give raises to elected county officials when they knew what the pay was when they ran for office. If they don't like the pay, perhaps they should opt for a job in the private sector. Craighead County Quorum Court Justices of the Peace. . .

Open carry still murky after judge’s ruling

We're one step closer to learning whether it's legal to openly carry a firearm in the state. That step came Tuesday when a White County district judge found Bald Knob resident Richard Chambless guilty of openly carrying a firearm when the man entered a McDonald's. . .

Squashing the wrong problems

You know when you're on your porch, and you notice a spider crawling by, but then you look closer and realize it's not a black widow or a brown recluse, so it's not poisonous, but then you wonder if maybe you could be wrong, so therefore it could be a threat, and. . .

Upside down in America

Guest columnist In our insane world everything seems upside down, backwards — insanity born of "intelligence" devoid of common sense, aimlessly moving forward, progressing in the wrong direction at the speed of light. Even if you don't see it or understand it...

The havoc that Trump wreaks

Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to...

The Clinton ‘scandal’ that isn’t

Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private email server? After talking with a half-dozen knowledgeable lawyers, I think this "scandal" is overstated. Using the server was a. . .

Flanagan has made witnesses of us all

"I've seen enough. I don't want to see any more" SEmD Bruce Springsteen, "Cover Me" When terrorists beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and posted video of the killing online, I refused to look. I explained my reasoning in this space. To. . .

What six years of ‘reset’ have wrought

On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet.. . .

Men are always guilty: Micromanaging campus sex

In our politically correct culture, men are always guilty until they prove their innocence. Any male student accused of rape on a college campus has to prove it was either consensual or the incident never happened. We saw this all too well in the Duke lacrosse. . .

Finally time for open-carry appeal

It's been a little while coming, but I believe all the hoopla concerning the open carry of firearms might be getting ready to head for higher and higher courts. Something some open-carry enthusiasts see as a loophole in the concealed carry statutes that wer...

JLTV pursuit offers lesson for future deals

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' failure to land a major military vehicle contract is a disappointment for officials who hoped to tout another "superproject" in the state. But it's not the setback that other missed economic deals have been, nor will it prompt the same. . .