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Kenneth Bridges: Fletcher a poet, knows it

May 24, 2016 12:01pm

The poetic souls in our lives often see the beauty and rhythms of the world. They will strain to listen to those hidden symphonies of nature or human life. Sometimes they will be inspired to put...

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Steve Barnes: Our car-killing highways

May 17, 2016 7:49am

“You want the good news first or the bad news?” he asked.

The question is shopworn no matter its context, no matter the caller. But this was the guy at the tire emporium we’ve used for years...

Steve Brawner: Return of the Democrats?

May 11, 2016 9:23am

The last eight years have been really bad for Arkansas Democrats. The last few months have been a little better.

Democrats controlled Arkansas politics for 140 years. As late as 2008, the...

Steve Barnes: Trump, state of the GOP

May 10, 2016 10:21am

It is difficult to envision U.S. Sen. John Boozman losing his re-election bid this November, but you have to give his opponent credit for giving it his best. Lonoke’s Conner Eldridge, the...

Steve Brawner: Trading an empty nest for a full house

May 04, 2016 10:07am

Maria and her three younger sisters needed a home, while John and Tricia Goyer had too many empty bedrooms. Thankfully, they solved each other’s problems.

The story starts 27 years ago, when...

Kenneth Bridges: Pittman a true innovator

May 01, 2016 7:03pm

The twentieth century opened a door for innovation in science and technology. Great minds steadily unlocked the mysteries of the world and made life better for countless people. One of those great...

Steve Barnes: Politics are local

May 01, 2016 7:00pm

Some political notes, local, state and national:

“All politics is local,” the late Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill once asserted, suggesting — correctly — that liberal Massachusetts (Note:...

Steve Brawner: Why did Key replace Kurrus?

Apr 27, 2016 11:47am

Reporters have biases, and I’ll admit to mine: Two of the government officials I like the most are Johnny Key, the state’s education commissioner, and Baker Kurrus, the soon-to-be-former Little...

Steve Barnes: In Memory of Ray Thornton

Apr 26, 2016 10:42am

The night before Ray Thornton of Arkansas died I was reading a biography of Adlai Stevenson of Illinois. And making notes about Adlai and Arkansas (the connections abundant and well-known) and...

Kenneth Bridges: Remembering Veron Seay

Apr 26, 2016 10:24am

Veron Seay was not a woman people will read about in the history books. She was not famous, but she was the kind of person that the world was better for having around.

She was born Lois...

Steve Brawner: The larger debate: how Arkansas works

Updated: Apr 19, 2016 5:14pm

Note: This post has been updated.

This debate at the Capitol over health care is difficult to write about day to day because things change quickly. So let’...