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Kenneth Bridges: Gould spins trains into gold

Jun 20, 2016 10:14pm

The late 1800s was the age of the railroad. Trains steamed across the hills, valleys, and plains of a growing United States, steadily bringing distant communities closer together. Thousands of...

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Kenneth Bridges: Happy birthday, Arkansas; state turns 180

Jun 14, 2016 8:26am

For 180 years, Arkansas has been a state. While Arkansans have long enjoyed their status as the twenty-fifth state, Arkansas had to jump over many political hurdles to reach statehood.


Steve Brawner: Casinos good bet to make ballot

Jun 08, 2016 12:06pm

Where Arkansans practice pure democracy – we make the laws rather than elected officials doing it – is in the ballot issues. This year, those led by citizens could be a lot more interesting than...

Bob Moos Don’t miss out on these savings on your prescription drugs

Jun 07, 2016 8:04am

If you’ve ever gone a day without your medications or cut your pills in half to make them last a little longer, there may be relief for you. People on a tight budget can get help paying for the...

Kenneth Bridges: Quitman’s college was short-lived

Jun 07, 2016 7:05am

“A full belly is little worth while the mind is starved,” wrote the nineteenth century southern novelist Mark Twain. More Arkansans realized in the 1800s that the path to future prosperity and...

Brenda Miles: The Ditch

Jun 07, 2016 7:02am

Note: This piece was inspired by my dear friend J.V. McKinney of North Little Rock, who wrote about his integrated baseball field in Forrest City.

It wasn’t really a ditch, but that’s what...

Steve Barnes: Hillary’s secrecy could lead to more problems

Jun 07, 2016 6:52am

We were lunching, a trio: two journalists and another native Arkansan, a veteran of Washington politics, including service to Bill and Hillary Clinton in their eight White House years, and who...

Steve Brawner: Donald Trump and Dale Bumpers

Jun 01, 2016 11:38am

The late Arkansas Sen. Dale Bumpers and Donald Trump have had two things in common: similar names, and their skillful use of a similar communication technique when running for their first major...

Kenneth Bridges: A tortured, poetic path

May 30, 2016 1:42pm

John Gould Fletcher had a privileged but sheltered upbringing in Little Rock at the end of the nineteenth century and became one of the nation’s most celebrated poets of all time. Though a gifted...

Steve Barnes: We are all interconnected

May 30, 2016 1:40pm

We’re interconnected, aren’t we? The Middle East, Arkansas, its governor and General Assembly, its Highway Commission. And the little old lady in Pine Bluff who is driving a car a third smaller...

Steve Brawner: Two Governors

May 25, 2016 9:57am

No two individuals are alike. This past week was a reminder of how that’s the case with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his predecessor, Gov. Mike Beebe.

Hutchinson called legislators to Little Rock...