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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: 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...

Steve Barnes: Researching the opposition

May 24, 2016 9:19am

Opposition research, as it’s called, has been underway for decades. Every public utterance by Hillary Clinton has been vacuumed from the public record: newspapers, magazines, television and radio...

Steve Brawner: Special session might not be so special

May 18, 2016 9:57am

State legislators are heading back to Little Rock — for the third time this year.

This time, it will be for (hopefully) a three-day session whose primary purpose will be to find about $50...

Kenneth Bridges: Caraway was a reformer first

May 17, 2016 8:31am

Thaddeus Caraway was a quiet and persistent worker his whole life. Through this, he became an important voice for reform in the early 1900s.

Caraway was born in 1871 on a farm near...

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:...