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Arkansas session tests governor for future fights

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson appears unlikely to face any insurmountable obstacles in his push for incentives to lure a defense project to the state, or any of the other major items on his agenda when lawmakers convene this week. But the special. . .

PFC Jared Hunter forced to make a shameful choice

Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep. But he found that marijuana helped. It took the anger. . .

Transgender: Another fad indicationg society out of whack

Our nation was established with understanding and respect for natural law. The Founders realized that attempting to change human nature was futile. This nonreality orientation would evolve into a nonfunctioning society. Perversion of nature produces guilt,. . .

Mayors need to talk before filing lawsuits

Before filing lawsuits and counter-suits, the mayors of Walnut Ridge and College City need to take a deep breath and relax. Their second order of business should be to set up a meeting so they can sit down and listen to each other's concerns and the reasons why. . .

Should secret political donors be disclosed?

About 70 people turned out for a political demonstration Tuesday on the State Capitol steps — a fraction of the number who would have appeared if the subject were a controversial social issue, but I've seen plenty of smaller crowds there. The issue was campaign. . .

The false god of politics

If you visit Mount Olympus, you will see scores of crumbling statues to false gods once worshipped by ancient Greeks. The same is true in Rome, where statues of political gods, notably those named Caesar, lay in ruins. We are more sophisticated today. Moderns. . .

The center needs a voice

Hillary Clinton's move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists in the wings of presidential nominating politics — and a corresponding diminution of the power of the center. "Social and demographic shifts mean that no. . .

Collapse of Iraq falls on Obama, not Bush

You want hypotheticals? Here's one Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it's the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an. . .

Roundabout coming: Boon or nightmare?

I love the headline on a column written in June 2010 by Mike Frassinelli of The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. — "N.J.'s oldest traffic circle celebrates 85 years of confusing motorists." I lived in New Jersey for about five years, encountering traffic circles in...

Does Arkansas need more March madness?

Arkansas has long been voiceless in the presidential primary process. By May, when Arkansas voters head to the polls to vote in presidential primary elections, many early candidates have been removed from the ballots after being handed defeats in states that go. . .

Mayor keeps his eye on priorities

It may not be the sexiest capital improvement project in the city's history, but it likely will save lives, better ensure children get to school on time and put an end to the road-rage frustration of the motoring public who traverse it. Yes, it's just an overpass. . .