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A society with entitlements is not an entitlement society

Critics complain that one of the biggest problems we face today is that we have morphed into an entitlement society. The implication is clear: We used to be a society where you worked hard and in return received the fruits of your labor, but not today. Today too. . .

Government cheese and minimum wage

The petitions turned in to get statewide alcohol sales on the ballot is all the talk in the pundit world. Well, that or the races between U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. I'm not too concerned with either of those issues, and wouldn't be able to. . .

Red Wolves should play Missouri in Jonesboro

Top administrators at ASU are in the middle of negotiations with the St. Louis Sports Commission to move its home game with Missouri to St. Louis. It's not a done deal, but it appears the folks at Arkansas State are entertaining offers that could pull one of the. . .

The GOP has lost its principles

The Mississippi Republican runoff election has undeniably affirmed the established Republican Party is more concerned about retaining personal power than following its stated principles. They continue to give lip service to fiscally responsible limited government. . .

State should use ‘rainy-day funds’ for scholarships?

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education will use $1.6 million of the state's "rainy-day funds" to pay for a larger-than-usual number of Governor's Distinguished Scholarships this year. What a shame it is that our state government must resort to using. . .

A fight for Israel's existence

Israel fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations — Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan — as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: "Without substantial outside aid in terms of manpower. . .

Bob Hester: More than a modern-day Don Quixote

Whether you agree with Bob Hester's stand on alcohol, pornography, same-sex marriage or other moral issues of our times, you can't help but like him. You see, Bob Hester is blessed. That's what he'll tell you, and I believe it. Unlike a lot of us, Bob is filled. . .

Politicians won’t change private option

Asa Hutchinson would politely decline my help if he were given a choice and since he holds a tiny lead in the governor's race he may not need it, but it is one of the encyclopedic services a columnist ought to provide. Here is Hutchinson's dilemma: His case. . .

Rick Perry’s bold border move

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas plans to order 1,000 National Guard troops to his state's border with Mexico in an effort to stem the tide of immigrants illegally entering from Central America, dispersing around the country once they've made it into Texas. Critics will. . .

The vacant presidency

The president's demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops,. . .

Tough road for ethics, term limits item

BY ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK — Referred to voters with overwhelming support from both chambers of the Republican-led Legislature last year, a proposal to restrict lobbyists' gifts to lawmakers and loosen Arkansas' term limits was touted. . .

Adam Kwasman runs for wrong bus, leaves border issue unsolved

It's a revealing video. Not in the sense of physical nakedness. No, what is naked in that clip is a kind of political opportunism that has become all too common. Our scene is a roadside in Oracle, Ariz., where protesters have gathered. Word is, a busload of. . .

The Giver' makes one serious summertime movie

BY MICHAEL GERSON In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote a slim book for youth about totalitarianism, euthanasia, suicide, sexual awakening and infanticide. "The Giver" created a blooming genre — the dystopian youth novel — and considerable controversy. Some parents...

In troubled world, some optimism

The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers — involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran — that avoided what could have been dangerous ruptures. The architect of these two agreements was Secretary. . .

Must the governor be a Farm Bureau member?

Do you know how to join Farm Bureau, and if you didn't, would that mean you couldn't be governor? I'm asking because, during a joint appearance Tuesday at a Farm Bureau meeting, Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross were asked if they were members. It was not Hutchinson's. . .