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Harper Lee's recently published book

Subscriber onlyWell, I purchased Ms. Harper Lee's book "Go Set a Watchman" the first day it went on sale. Continue reading...

Asa hangs his mortar board on ACT, not PARCC

Governor exercises his power for a change in state testing of students

Subscriber onlyThe fallout from the abrupt change in the way Arkansas' public schools will test student performance in April now rests squarely upon the shoulders of Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Continue reading...

A summary of a bad deal

Subscriber onlyThe TV news and other media are ablaze with headlines saying "Americans skeptical of Iran Deal" or "Senator says Kerry was fleeced." My take on this is that while all of them are correct it makes no difference. The Iran deal is a done deal and there will be no going back, at least or until a Republican occupies the White House. Get over it. Continue reading...

Letter to the Editor

Subscriber onlyRe-fighting a 150-year-old battle Continue reading...

Alone in West Texas

Subscriber onlyThe first year I worked in Midland, Texas, I rented a room in a private home. It was pretty nice -- just a bedroom, a private bathroom and a private entrance. Continue reading...

Legal immigrants among us

Subscriber onlyAll my life I've heard that we are a land of immigrants, and I'm proud that we are. But right now I am perplexed -- really perplexed and conflicted. I'm beginning to wonder just how welcoming we should be. I believe that recently we've become too welcoming for our own good, and if we continue on the path that we are on it will be at our own peril. Continue reading...