• Issue of
  • Jul 26 - Aug 1, 2018
  • Vol. 44, No. 47
  • Best of Arkansas
Digital Edition


  • The Observer
  • The Newseum

    As you know if you watched this space, The Observer and family are recently returned from our summer sojourn in Washington, D.C., having hit all the monuments and a good bit of the Smithsonian museums, plus several of the greater and lesser burger joints and burrito rollers on Capitol Hill.


  • Loving libraries
  • Autumn Tolbert
  • Loving libraries

    Over the weekend, Forbes published an article from Panos Mourdoukoutas, the chairman of the Department of Economics of Long Island University and a frequent columnist, calling for all public libraries to be replaced by bookstores. Specifically, Amazon bookstores.
  • Tags:
  • Max Brantley
  • School grades flunk

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's veteran education reporter, Cynthia Howell, wrote this week about the third-year use of a new standardized test, ACT Aspire, for judging public school students. A key factor was missing in the discussion about Little Rock schools.
  • Ernest Dumas
  • Leading with lies

    The past week's tweet storms illustrate with stunning clarity the secret to both the disgrace and miraculous survival of Donald Trump after 18 months of spectacular failures. He controls the news of the United States.
  • Gene Lyons
  • Trump takeover

    How long do you suppose, before the initial "R" signifying "Republican" is also understood to mean "Russian?"


  • Pearls About Swine
  • Five big questions

    On the precipice of prior Razorback football seasons, Pearls has set forth a few questions that face the team as the season draws near. For 2018, the inquiries far outnumber the certainties, as you might expect, because there's been a coaching change for the fourth time in 11 years, and it comes on the heels of one of the lowest points in recent memory for an Arkansas fan base that is starving for a team that actually contends.



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