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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: Gerig played key role

Apr 04, 2016 3:01pm

The late nineteenth century and early twentieth century was a time of rapid construction in the United States. To build a modern nation, the country built railroads, harbors, dams, bridges, and...

Lee Hamilton: There’s too much secrecy in government

Apr 04, 2016 1:45pm

We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet government is moving behind closed doors, and this is...

Steve Brawner: Cuba: Trade embargo, or free trade?

Mar 29, 2016 3:46pm

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford’s 1st District in eastern Arkansas is home to half the nation’s rice acres. Cuba imports 400,000 tons of rice a year, mostly from Vietnam. So yeah, he’s for opening up...

Steve Barnes: State a deep shade of red

Mar 28, 2016 2:42pm

Ask any bartender: drinking at lunch has practically ended among the employed of all occupations. Which is why you need the evening hours to find Democrats who believe Hillary Clinton has even a...

Kenneth Bridges: Henderson State has Methodist roots

Mar 28, 2016 2:39pm

In the 1880s, Arkadelphia was an ambitious community looking to its future. And the city decided that its future lay in education.

Ouachita Baptist College had opened in 1886 on the grounds...

Steve Brawner: Disorder in the court

Mar 22, 2016 8:00am

Apparently we’ll spend the rest of the year with a 4-4 split on the Supreme Court, with the current vacancy left unfilled after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. So here’s a scenario. Hillary...

Kenneth Bridges: State’s place in Louisiana Purchase

Mar 21, 2016 2:24pm

A young and still fragile United States had managed to stay out of the bloody wars stemming from the French Revolution in Europe, but events seemed to slowly entangle the nation in the conflict....

Lee Hamilton: Before you reject the system, understand it

Mar 21, 2016 2:23pm

If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up with politicians, they’ve lost faith and...

Steve Brawner: For West Memphis students, it’s all connected

Mar 16, 2016 11:27am

The late Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller used to say that the education system is like a string of water pipes laid end to end but not connected. In West Memphis, they’re connected.

The high...

Steve Barnes: Trump carries Conway County

Mar 14, 2016 2:09pm

Allen Gordon, an attorney, former state senator and seasoned politico, went to the polls on March 1. Born and reared at Morrilton and elected repeatedly as a Democrat in the years before term...