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Why views on same-sex marriage have changed

If you would have asked my opinion on same-sex marriage a couple years ago, I would have told you that marriage is between one man and one woman — the foundation of a moral society down through the millennia. If you asked me today, I'd say my opinion has changed.. . .

Lucky to be free

Independence Day means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Few use the day to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted each day. It's a shame that many only view Independence Day as a paid holiday off work, a day to grill burgers. . .

Gay marriage, Obamacare show where GOP stands

Every word written in the vast collection of judicial opuses in the gay-marriage and Obamacare decisions last Thursday and Friday were penned by the Supreme Court's five bitterly divided Republican justices. The four Democrats — two appointed by Bill Clinton and. . .

A salute to those who made our nation great

I salute ... the editor of a colonial newspaper who shut down his paper rather than pay the Stamp Act tax of 1765; his last edition proclaimed liberty as "the greatest blessing human beings can enjoy"and taxation without representation as being "fettered with the...

These divided states

Last Monday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson decided to end Arkansas' participation in the state's current end-of-the-year Common Core PARCC exam, despite the fact that the State Board of Education had voted to do the opposite. It was only the fourth biggest story of the. . .

A modern version of 'massive resistance'?

James Burns: A salute to those who made our nation great. After the Supreme Court's historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as "massive resistance." It doomed the South to a losing ba. . .

Obama delivers a speech for history

"This whole week," said President Barack Obama, "I've been reflecting on this idea of grace." That was the turning point of Friday's eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the Charleston, S.C. minister who was, with eight of his congregants, murdered by a racist terrorist. . .

Same-sex marriage only the beginning

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." What Winston Churchill said in 1942 following a British military victory in North Africa might also be said about Friday's narrow 5-4 decision by the. . .

The GOP’s view from under the sand

If you're old enough to recall how the landslide election of Lyndon Johnson over the hapless Barry Goldwater supposedly spelled the end of the Republican Party, or how Ronald Reagan's election amounted to a revolution that put the Democratic party on the mat until. . .

Dealing with mentally ill criminals costs state heavily

Attorneys for Dylann Roof, accused of murdering nine people on June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., will at least consider a plea of insanity for their client. The case against him is rock solid, and he is a despicable young man without a defense. . .