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By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald

Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment on Wednesday night. It seems two reporters, Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, were working at a McDonald's, which has been. . .

A's for everyone

Grade deflation is dead. Long live grade inflation! Starting around the mid-20th century, a pandemic of meaninglessly high grades swept the nation. Steadily, the Gentleman's C was replaced by the Gentleman's B-pluses. Soon even B-pluses' grew ungentlemanly, with...

Confronting a new enemy

When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his terrorist Islamic State, he ignored a warning from Osama bin Laden that jihadists should be cautious about establishing a caliphate too quickly. In torching a firestorm in Iraq and Syria, Baghdadi has united his enemies and. . .

Obamacare has helped a lot more than 'some people'

Politics depends to an unfortunate extent on popular delusion, and those who practice it most effectively practice it best upon themselves. Obamacare and Arkansas's peculiar version of it, the "private option," furnish a good case study. Gallup released a survey. . .

Why Hillary got it right

"Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle." —Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, Aug. 10 Leave it to Barack Obama's own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total. . .

Proposal to abolish state office doesn’t go far enough

Two state senators want to lead an effort to abolish the lieutenant governor's office, and they make a good point. But they're not thinking big enough. Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis, and Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, said last week that they will push a bipartisan. . .

Police chief's office no place for a bully

Is it us, or is the irony so thick that you could choke on it? The newspaper is the promoter and defender of the freedom of speech. The police chief is the defender of the citizens of Jonesboro. Police Chief Mike Yates says that he didn't give up his First. . .

‘Theater of the Absurd’ in Ferguson, Mo.

It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called "Theater of the Absurd." These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work. What reminded me of this is. . .

Arkansas' other health care reform

Let's play a word association game. I write "health care reform." What comes to mind? Probably "Obamacare," and probably, if you live in Arkansas, not in a positive light. You might next think, "private option," the state program that uses federal dollars under. . .

Police chief's conduct merits prompt dismissal

I got the disheartening news about 8 p.m. Monday. Sunshine Crump, our police and courts reporter at The Sun, couldn't take it any more and quit. What she couldn't take is the kind of intimidation, bullying and personal attacks that no one — including a good. . .

Israel held to an unobtainable standard

Back in 1980, an Israeli diplomat met with Ronald Reagan as he was running for president. Reagan was furious over the hostages being held in the American embassy in Iran and told the diplomat he could not understand why the U.S. didn't do what Israel would have. . .

Public loses when information withheld

Herbert Lock was one of my favorite cartoonists when I first became interested in newspapers. But as talented an artist as he was, he was wise beyond the stroke of his pen. He once said something that I found so profound that it solidified my desire to wear a. . .

Why government openness matters

Guest columnist One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that al-Qaida posed, but because the age...

New post shows Arkansas as battleground

LITTLE ROCK — With the hiring of a state director for the first time in Arkansas, the Human Rights Campaign has highlighted how much of a battleground the state has become in the fight over equal rights for gays and lesbians. So far, however, gay rights advocates. . .