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Lenient sentences haunt new victims

Regardless of any criticism, I'm not going to get off my soapbox when it comes to how the judicial system in Craighead County deals with pedophiles. It's a disgrace. The saddest part is prosecutors and judges could do something about it. Unfortunately, they are. . .

Help wanted for 400 jobs — and more

What would happen if an out-of-state employer was prepared to build a factory in Arkansas and pay 500 people a starting salary of $50,000 a year — but was having trouble finding the employees? The state of Arkansas and the local community would pull out all the. . .

Grandmother Hillary and the Oval Office

The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother. The headlines were inevitable — "Grandma Hillary" — followed by the similarly crucial question: Will being a grandmother help or hurt. . .

Familiar parallels in Ukraine

Is Andranik Migranyan right? The head of a think tank associated with Vladimir Putin wrote the following in response to critics who liken the Russian president to Adolf Hitler and what he did so long ago: "One must distinguish between Hitler before 1939 and. . .

Maggio case raises questions about judicial independence

The controversy surrounding Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio has raised an important question about judicial independence as Arkansas nears the May 20 party primaries and judicial elections. Maggio had been a candidate for the Arkansas Court of Appeals. . .

Race and Obama news coverage

I have a question for George Will. If he can't answer it, maybe Brit Hume can. Both men were recently part of a panel on "Fox News Sunday" to which moderator Chris Wallace posed this question: Has race played a role in the often-harsh treatment of President. . .

Impatience for material goods is killing the family

The change in the psyche of people has taken years. Most cultures in the world had held God and family as the most sacred values in guiding them. Now most modern people have turned to dedicating their lives to the accumulation of material wealth. Consumerism is. . .

The zealots win again

The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit. On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to politicians or causes is the most effective way to augment and. . .

Menu labeling poses negative consequence

By Brent Medders, Guest columnist In the coming weeks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to release a final ruling on a little known provision buried in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requiring restaurants with...

Educators being deceived by Common Core, Obama

Last week a "conservative" proponent for Common Core was interviewed on a local radio station. She spouted the same line that other proponents, legislators and governors everywhere are using to combat critics of Common Core. She repeatedly said Common Core doesn't...

Women's care shouldn't be lost in investigation

The relationship and trust between a patient and his or her doctor are two of the fundamental requirements for obtaining quality health care. Needless to say, some of these visits, communications and exams can be quite stressful. To receive appropriate and. . .

Menu labeling poses negative consequence

In the coming weeks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to release a final ruling on a little known provision buried in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requiring restaurants with 20 or more locations to erect in-store...

Existential crisis for Obama, too

As President Barack Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin's Russia than it does to the U.S. or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for the West, so far, it. . .

Chicken Little 'science'

The cult centered on "global warming" alarmism is getting hot under the collar. People seem to have stopped paying attention and polls show "climate change" barely registers on a list of voters' concerns. This can only mean, as losing politicians like to say, that. . .

Obamacare shutters Mena's free medical clinic

When the Mena Star reported that Ninth Street Ministries would close its free medical clinic for the uninsured this month because nearly everyone in the mountains and glens around the town had gotten insurance through Obamacare, the story went viral on the. . .