Login NowClose 








Panel changes pay raise debate

LITTLE ROCK — A newly formed commission meeting this week to review and adjust Arkansas elected officials' salaries changes the dynamic of a long-running debate among policymakers. Arkansas' pay for governor, legislators and other elected positions pale when. . .

The true meaning of 'cruel and unusual'

So what does "cruel and unusual" mean? I once asked that of a law professor. The Eighth Amendment prohibits "cruel and unusual" punishment, but I figured there had to be some technical definition I, as a layperson, was missing. I mean, from where I sit, it's. . .

Rabble-rousers need to be marginalized

Life is full of instances of being wronged. It can be a family member, friend, stranger or public official that has grieved us. Prejudice is faced by most of us. One's height, weight, gender, facial features, religion, politics, skin color, ethnic roots, race as. . .

Republicans don’t appreciate the fullness of debt

Being debt free is everyone's ultimate goal, but in the meantime debt is useful. It's how we acquire a home, which for most families, is their largest asset at retirement time. Debt, at the federal level, is a tool that both the government and the Fed use to. . .

An open letter to businesses, local civic organizations

Businesses are asked for a lot these days. Whether it's sponsorship money for the peewee football league or donating the high-dollar gadget for the next charity auction, businesses in Northeast Arkansas are often asked for something in the spirit of doing good in. . .

CIA torture report: An honest public accounting

A CIA medical officer who was assigned to monitor the interrogation of an al-Qaida operative named Abu Zubaida sent a message to his superiors on Aug. 4, 2002, the day the CIA first used the technique known as "waterboarding." He hauntingly titled his cable: "So. . .

Families of house explosion need our prayers, donations

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gilley and Eaton families and their friends during what has to be the most trying of times this holiday season. Gary Gilley, 66, died Friday morning at the Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis, just two days after his. . .

Our cyber nightmares

Shortly before he retired as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I asked Adm. Mike Mullen what he saw on the ceiling on nights when he couldn't sleep. He didn't even pause. "Cyber," he said. That was 2011 and this is 2014, and it seems that Mullen's ceiling. . .

K through job education

The elected official in the state Capitol making the biggest impact next year will be Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson. The second most impactful elected official may be a 74-year-old grandmother with an agenda. That would be Sen. Jane English, R-North Little. . .

A travesty of a report

The report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding CIA interrogation essentially accuses the agency under George W. Bush of war criminality. Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein appears to offer some extenuation when she reminds us in the. . .

Study offers suggestions to keep prison inmates from returning

One of the main reasons Arkansas' prison system is so crowded that more than 2,500 state inmates are being held in county jails can be blamed on the fact that so many keep coming back for more punishment. Consider first that most first offenders, either because. . .

For a politics of repair

The just-ending 113th Congress was not, by most measures, productive. But its endgame was at least instructive. As a trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill trundled into law, the populist wings of both political parties declared themselves both revolted and in...

Despite midterm defeat, history will credit Dems

Democrats are like Republicans in one way. One party or the other suffers devastating losses at least every eight years and then engages in a noisy search for blame and atonement. Whether the politicians and commentariat are Democrats or Republicans, they always. . .

Why release a report on the CIA in wartime?

What good purpose is served by releasing a report on CIA enhanced interrogation techniques while we are still at war with an enemy whose techniques include beheading Americans? Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and her Democratic. . .

Talk about a wildfire

First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie. Call it "Moonlight Fire," and prepare to suspend disbelief. The story is a doozy — a tale of corruption, prosecutorial abuse, alleged fraud upon the court. . .

Homeless man puts life in perspective

Dewayne Decker is one of the invisible people. It's not that we can't see him — for we most surely do. It's just that most of us simply choose to ignore his existence. But not everyone. While I was interviewing Dewaye on Tuesday morning at his campsite on U.S.. . .