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Matthew Pate | Help wanted none found

Jan 28, 2015 1:50pm

I live in Pine Bluff. Despite its considerable problems there’s a lot to like about my hometown. The part I like best is my hundred year-old house, not far from Lakeside United Methodist Church....

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Matthew Pate | When might defeats right

Jan 14, 2015 12:03pm

Last week Islamic terrorists with historic ties to al-Qaeda stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French newspaper. In the ensuing melee 12 people were murdered.

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Nate Strauch | Fewer tickets? The humanity!

Jan 14, 2015 12:02pm

Nearly six months have passed since the death of Eric Garner — a petty criminal suffocated to death by New York City police, mid-arrest. He was suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes — and the...

Steve Barnes | A tale of two legislatures

Jan 12, 2015 6:18pm

A new year, two new legislatures: one for the state and the other for the nation, both bodies under solid Republican control. The mantra, endlessly repeated, of the GOP leadership in Little Rock...

Dr. Ken Bridges | Dizzy Dean colorful to the end

Jan 12, 2015 4:19pm

Baseball’s Dizzy Dean became an unforgettable personality in a game known for unforgettable personalities. Born Jay Hanna Dean in Lucas in western Arkansas’ Logan County in 1910, his baseball...

Nate Strauch | The winds of urban guilt

Jan 07, 2015 3:43pm

When I was in junior high school, my family relocated from Denver to a tiny speck of a town on the Eastern Plains of Colorado; a part of the state that’s inhabited by few and appreciated by fewer...

Matthew Pate | Tall and tan and young and lovely

Jan 07, 2015 3:41pm

Thus begins a new year. I don’t really make much in the way of resolutions. I find that life has enough rules without imposing a bunch of new ones on myself. It may be that I’m so much of a...

Nate Strauch | That’s (unfortunately) showbiz

Dec 31, 2014 8:54am

Many things happened on Christmas Day this year that were par for the yuletide course. Presents were opened by rapturous children and then quickly forgotten. Millions of people darted to and fro,...

Dr. Ken Bridges | Clarke goes from Ozark to Helena to Governorship

Dec 29, 2014 2:21pm

As a youngster, friends all described James P. Clarke as “determined.” He was angry, passionate, and obsessive about ideas. Clarke’s passions would create many enemies in an up-and-down political...

Matthew Pate | Fated flocking and rifles redeemed

Dec 23, 2014 4:47pm

It’s hard to know what will make a lasting Christmas memory. I don’t know if the two I’m about to relate are my most favorite, but they’ve stuck with me for many years. Both just happen to center...

Nate Strauch | Merry. Christmas.

Dec 23, 2014 4:47pm

During halftime of the Monday Night Football broadcast last week, something extraordinary happened. Chris Berman ended his football commentary with a phrase so rare, the EPA is likely shortlisting...

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