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Kenneth Bridges: Rector’s family connections important for state’s sixth governor

Mar 24, 2015 7:03am

Henry M. Rector had a fiery temper that matched the politics of the years leading to the Civil War. As the sixth governor of Arkansas starting in 1860, Rector would lead the state as the war began...

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Matthew Pate | Pear-ish the thought of spring

Feb 11, 2015 1:25pm

As I let the dogs out to do their morning business, I saw the first harbinger of spring. The row of quince beside my back gate has begun to bloom. The blossoms are a deep rosy pink. They’re always...

Ken Bridges | Founding of Philander Smith part of Arkansas Renaissance

Feb 09, 2015 3:56pm

In the 1870s, in spite of the pain of Reconstruction, a Renaissance began to occur for Arkansas as some of the most important colleges in the state were born. Part of this flowering of knowledge...

Nate Strauch | Vestige of an embargone era

Feb 04, 2015 7:37am

If you’re not familiar with names like Yasiel Puig, Jose Fernandez, Aroldis Chapman and Jose Abreu, it’s safe to say you’re not much of a baseball fan. Each of those 20-somethings is arguably the...

Lee H. Hamilton | Can we have a regular Congress?

Feb 04, 2015 7:30am

You probably didn’t notice, but the Senate passed a milestone a couple of weeks back. Before 2015 was a month old, senators had already had a chance to vote up-or-down on more amendments than they...

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....

Nate Strauch | American gripers

Jan 28, 2015 1:49pm

When I was a kid just past the age of enjoying G.I. Joes, I stumbled upon a great book called “Marine Sniper,” a 1988 nonfiction tome about the Vietnam War career of Carlos Hathcock — at the time...

Nate Strauch | Free college isn’t a solution to any problem

Jan 21, 2015 1:14pm

Most of the backlash to President Obama’s proposal to make community college free for all students centered around that four-letter word at the heart of the matter. Pundits pointed out, correctly...

Lee Hamilton | It’ll never be time for term limits on Congress

Jan 21, 2015 11:36am

It didn’t get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to the ranks of people on both sides of...

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.

This is not the...

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...

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