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Marketing key to keeping doors open, business brisk

It never ceases to amaze me the number of new businesses that open and have absolutely no marketing plan — or money — to get customers through the front door. I admire people who go into business for themselves. It's a tough road, especially those first few years. . .

Justices dithering on same-sex marriage ruling

Sometime this summer the U.S. Supreme Court will almost certainly put an end to the debate over whether government can refuse to recognize the union of couples of the same sex. That will leave the winners and losers a few more months to wring the last emotional. . .

What to do about secular stagnation

Secular stagnation is said to exist when the economy experiences persistently low levels of economic growth characterized by a level of savings that exceeds the level of private investment. There is mounting evidence that secular stagnation is becoming a global. . .

Arkansas has players but no clout in 2016 fight

LITTLE ROCK — With a former first lady facing a clear path to the Democratic nomination and an ex-governor inching closer toward another bid in the GOP contest, Arkansas has no shortage of big names in the 2016 White House race. But instead of being a key player. . .

Parental school involvement: A double-edged sword

A widely held belief in our culture is that more parent involvement in schools results in a better academic environment. Close teacher and parent contact should increase communication and trust. This bond between teacher and parent would supposedly facilitate the. . .

Criticism of Comey's comments misguided

In the category of "no good deed goes unpunished," we now have the speech of FBI Director James Comey at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He said some remarkable things. The first is that he requires all his agents and analysts to visit the museum so that they. . .

Another costly VA boondoggle

Here's another disturbing but all-too-common example of how the federal government continues to fail hard-working taxpayers by flushing our money down a rat hole. The story goes like this: Little Rock's Veterans Affairs Medical Center received an $8 million grant. . .

A tricky two-step in the Middle East

President Barack Obama has been trying since his September 2013 address to the United Nations to convince Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies that the United States is truly committed to their security. So far, he hasn't been very successful, but he'll try again. . .

Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

When postal worker Doug Hughes — otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says. He must be a believer in miracles because he might have been shot down — and probably. . .

A 10-bill limit for lawmakers

During an 81-day session, Arkansas state legislators considered 2,200 bills and passed 1,288 of them into law. That's a lot in a short amount of time. The session was relatively brief. The legislative volume was not out of the ordinary, but were there really. . .

County, Jonesboro should have recycling programs

Living in a rural area, I'd love the opportunity to have curbside recycling available in my neck of the woods. But it isn't. I try to recycle what I can, but I could certainly do better. Jonesboro residents have access to a wonderful recycling program, even the. . .

Obama’s Nixon doctrine: Anointing Iran

In December, President Barack Obama said he wished to see Iran ultimately become a "very successful regional power." His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider: n Gulf of Aden: Iran sends a flotilla of warships. . .

Grading schools an injustice to the mission of education

If you've spent any time at all in school, you've been graded, and you know that can be a terrifying experience. Outside of school, we live almost exclusively on a pass-fail system that doesn't quantify our efforts to function in the world. But in an effort to. . .

ESPN reporter gained fame, lost humanity

One hardly knows where to begin. There is much that could be said about the captured-on-video, made-for-the-water-cooler tirade by ESPN reporter Britt McHenry that lit up social media a few days ago and earned her a one-week suspension. McHenry, livid that her. . .

Flunking civics should no longer be an option

It's an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our times. A pollster asks: "What do you think about the level of ignorance and apathy in the country?" The person replies: "I don't know, and I don't care." Each week, Jesse Watters of Fox News interviews mostly. . .

Of God and law in Arkansas, Tennessee

After watching a legislative session that saw the passage of a bill allowing the construction of a monument to the Ten Commandments, I was seeing red. Red state, that is. That and a bill making it illegal for judges to use foreign laws on which to base decisions...