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Chorus against beggars growing

Apparently, there's a growing chorus of Northeast Arkansas residents appalled by all the beggars panhandling at practically every major intersection in Jonesboro. A reader called me on Tuesday wanting to know if we would do a story warning the public not to give. . .

Democrats find their candidate

If you're an Arkansas Democrat, the glass-half-empty perspective is that your candidate for governor apparently is going to be Jared Henderson, a 39-year-old political newcomer you've probably never heard of. That's also the glass-half-full perspective. It's a. . .

No king but Caesar

In September 1862, a group of Chicago ministers sent a "memorial" (or long letter) to President Abraham Lincoln in which they made a theological argument for the elimination of slavery. Lincoln had also heard from Southern clergy who used the same scriptures to. . .

Using religion as a pretext for exercising prejudice

It was unavoidable that the struggle by sexual minorities to gain the equal treatment that the Constitution promises them would devolve into silliness and that the majestic courts of the land would have to get their dignity sullied in order to resolve the. . .

Women's rage unleashed

That special place in hell everyone keeps talking about is getting mighty crowded. The ball got rolling in 2016 when former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright quipped that there was a "special place in hell for women who don't help each other." At the time,. . .

What should we fight for?

"We will never accept Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea," declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna. "Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine." Tillerson's principled...

A diamond found in Walnut Ridge

Recently, while taking time off from the job, my better half and I decided to get out of town for a day trip to Pocahontas to get a milkshake at Futrell Pharmacy's soda fountain. On the way, while passing through Walnut Ridge, Kellie suggested going to the Walnut...

On alert for 'contraband newsprint,' other hijinks

In August, Donald Trump asked for a certain newspaper clipping, thus throwing the White House into the Trump version of DEFCON 2. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly dispatched two aides to investigate how the clipping had gotten to the president without being. . .