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Steve Barnes | Happy Birthday Lauren

Jul 29, 2014 4:23pm

Dearest Lauren,

Something happened in the year since my last letter, something so predictable it was like the sun rising and yet so strange it was if it rose in the west: you grew. I’d guess...

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Law enforcement agencies plan DWI, speeding, crackdown

Jun 23, 2014 4:58pm

Arkansas law enforcement agencies will increase sobriety checkpoints and patrols as part of a two-week crackdown on drunken driving and speeding that will begin Saturday, the Arkansas State Police...

KEN BRIDGES | 100 years later: One of state’s oddest legal arguments remembered

Jun 20, 2014 10:29am

What would have seemed like an ordinary election became one of the most bizarre legal controversies in state history – all of it over the office of lieutenant governor.

Between 1907 and 1913...

KEN BRIDGES | Schools faced with choice

Jun 12, 2014 10:22am

The decision had been sixty years in the making, but when it came, it was like an earthquake across the South. The Supreme Court handed down the Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 4, 1954...

EDITORIAL | Don’t Look For Prison Crowding Solutions In Special Session

Jun 12, 2014 10:13am

The overcrowding in Arkansas’ prisons and jails is an important public-safety issue. It is too important, in fact, to appear as an afterthought in a special session this year.

Two possible...

STEVE BARNES | Government must satisfy veterans’ needs

Jun 05, 2014 9:27am

The first to die from Arkansas was Michael Vann Johnson Jr. of Little Rock. He was a medical corpsman 3rd Class, assigned to the 3rd Marine Detachment. “A big kid,” his sister was quoted as...

MATTHEW PATE | It’s not a doll

Jun 05, 2014 9:25am

It was the worst business decision I ever made. I regretted it almost immediately; and I have thought back upon its folly ever since. I was probably 12 years old. I fancied myself too big for...

Nate Strauch | Freedom *of speech* may not contain actual freedom

Jun 05, 2014 9:35am

There are two essential ingredients to any argument: a disagreement, of course, but a topic of ambiguity, as well. If an argument lacks that latter element, it’s not really an argument anymore, as...

EDITORIAL | Water Resources Development Act Good News For Arkansas

May 29, 2014 10:59am

A Congress not always known for bringing joy to Arkansas last week passed a bill likely to have a significant positive economic impact on the state.

The Senate by a vote of 91-7 and the...

MATTHEW PATE | Redefining what free speech is

May 22, 2014 9:33am

While I make no bones about being lifelong Democrat, I’d like to think I don’t embrace everything just because it’s got donkey on it. Of course, I tend to go that way more than the other, but I...

MATTHEW PATE | Never a cannibal when you need one?

May 15, 2014 2:18pm

A few weeks ago I wrote about my affection for the 1960s sitcom, Gilligan’s Island. On a US Airways flight last Thursday from Reagan National to Little Rock I came to a realization about the show...

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