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God and politics

Religion and politics are again at the forefront of this year's presidential race. Yet, in this campaign, self-described evangelicals don't seem as concerned as they once were about a candidate's personal faith. Otherwise, more of them might support the openly. . .

Trump played checkers while rivals played chess

If this presidential election were a chess match, somebody like Sen. Ted Cruz would be calling "checkmate" on the Republican Party nomination about now. Instead, it's checkers this year, and Donald Trump is winning because he knows that's the game being. . .

CNN show on race begins with Klansman in Wynne

While watching a television talk show a couple of weeks ago, guest W. Kamau Bell discussed his upcoming show on CNN "United Shades of America." A black stand-up comedian, Bell said his show would focus on race in America. He noted that his debut show would...

The world according to Donald Trump

Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck. . .

Protest parking prompts questions, observations

They sent a message, but perhaps it was delivered in the wrong fashion. I'd liked to have been downtown early Monday morning when 23 Jonesboro police officers abandoned their patrol vehicles at the Municipal Center. I wonder how they left the Municipal Center.. . .

Governor does right thing for wrong reason

The Republicans are probably right. Last week, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, issued an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. The sweeping order applies to those who have completed their sentences and any probation. . .

Plato, Aristotle and, oh dear, The Donald

When it comes to rhetoric, Plato was right and Aristotle � not so much. Distilled, Aristotle thought rhetoric good for democracy, though his definition of "by the people" was closer to our Founding Fathers' intent of only certain people than to today's. . .

Stunt by police won’t improve officers’ pay

We're not going to get into a discussion about Jonesboro police officer pay. That's between the city and its police officers. What we do know is that comparing pay from one city to another is more often like comparing apples and avocados. We've also learned from. . .