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Study: Private option more expansive than Obamacare

The enemies of Obamacare and Arkansas's peculiar version of it, the "private option," exposed what they hoped would be a dirty little secret the other day: The government spends more on the private option than it would have spent on plain-vanilla Medicaid, the. . .

Cotton farmers need relife from hail storm

Monette, Black Oak, Lester, Leachville and the homesteads around them are small farming communities where residents look out for one another and work hard to provide for their families. Last Monday's early morning hailstorm that essentially wiped out an estimated. . .

U.S. citizens have a right to protest, even in Ferguson, Mo.

Last week, a federal judge told us what we already knew. Namely, that police in Ferguson, Missouri, violated the rights of protesters demonstrating against the shooting death of Michael Brown. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry struck down an ad hoc rule under. . .

Walking a tight rope on the private option

Before a group of Kiwanians on Wednesday, Republican House candidate Dan Sullivan said he didn't support the private option, but he said no one wanted to "pull the rug" out from under the 211,000 Arkansans covered under the state's version of Medicaid. . .

Ebola vs. civil liberties

Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation. It will stop the epidemic "in its tracks." And yet nurses Nina Pham and Amber. . .

Themes same, tone new in Arkansas debate

ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press FAYETTEVILLE — Based on their back-to-back televised debates, the hotly contested race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton boils down to one question: Do voters hate President Barack Obama or. . .

A feminist by-product: He is always guilty

By Domenick J. Maglio, Sun Guest Columnist "Girl power" has blossomed into full blown "woman power." Even though the media and the Democratic Party have promoted the "war against women," the actual facts paint a very different picture. Men have lost considerable. . .

Blessed be the caregivers

A man my age grows up wondering: Could I have hit the beach at Normandy? How would I have handled being trapped near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, thousands of Chinese pouring over the border and a bitter winter coming on fast? What about Vietnam, or later. . .

Putting family, government 'freebies' into perspective

It takes nearly eight hours to drive from Jonesboro to the northeast Kansas town where my son lives and I was raised. The other bonuses of the trip are I get to spend time with my mother and two of my three sisters. This time I decided to fly Air Choice One to. . .

Pastors fight censorship challenge

Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its. . .

Reality of war comes into your living room

War! Imagine that you're on the front line in battle. Bombs exploding, bullets whizzing past your ear. The soldier next to you is slowly bleeding to death. Worse yet, you've run out of ammunition. Correction — you never had any ammo to begin with. You didn't even...

A little panic might be helpful

Now, now, let's not panic. Yes, we have a second Ebola patient infected after treating the Liberian man who apparently concealed his exposure to this often-fatal disease, but this is no reason to panic. "It's bad news that another person is sick," Dallas County. . .

The chasm-bridger vs. the true believer

Which of these two paragraphs makes the most sense to you? The problem with Congress is that nobody goes to Washington and fights for what's right. America needs elected officials who will stand on principle. We got into this mess because too many politicians go. . .

Both sides of alcohol amendment have similar interests

The battle over Issue No. 4 on Arkansas general election ballots, at least in financing the campaign messages, is between those who would like to sell alcoholic beverages and those who would like to continue selling alcoholic beverages. Issue No. 4, whose popular. . .

Green cards, visas impact salaries of college grads

The second quarter report on the economy has it growing at a real rate 4.2 percent, which is good news. The problem is that wage growth is still anemic for most Americans. In April, the average hourly wage for American workers was $24.31, but during the past 12. . .

Nothing to fear but panic itself

WASHINGTON — Richard Preston, whose 1994 book "The Hot Zone" brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had ripped open, exposing him to a potentially fatal toxin. "I started to feel giddy,". . .