• Issue of
  • Oct 10-16, 2012
  • Vol. 39, No. 5
Digital Edition


  • Three stooges
  • The Big Picture
  • Three stooges

    Excerpts of printed material from three Arkansas Republicans currently running for the Arkansas House of Representatives drew national attention this week after they were published by the Times' Arkansas Blog.
  • The Insider
  • The smoking scalpel

    Joann Coleman, a scrappy lawyer, has been raising questions about the proposed affiliation between UAMS and St. Vincent Infirmary Health. The institutions are exploring a way to combine efforts, but hesitate to use the word "merger" and insist that the public nature of one institution and the Catholic nature of the other will not be compromised.
  • The Insider
  • Fox in the henhouse

    A lengthy ballot means a lot of races for minor offices won't get the attention they deserve on election day. For example: races of the Pulaski County Quorum Court, the county governing body, rarely capture much attention.
  • The Observer
  • The Community Pianist

    The Observer and Bride of Observer (henceforth known as BOO... because we said so, that's why) were motorvatin' through Stifft Station a while back, coming down Plateau Street, to be specific, when Boo spied a young man playing the piano on his front porch, surrounded by candles.
  • Letters
  • An open letter to Rep. Jon Hubbard

    My name is Clayton Lust, I am a PhD candidate in history at the University of Houston. I recently read comments attributed to you on arktimes.com, and to say I was horrified is an understatement. I have spent the last nine years teaching at the college level attempting to correct interpretations such as yours.
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  • Jay Barth
  • A battle for Arkansas's reputation

    The greatest force limiting Republican gains in Arkansas politics has been the party's ongoing weakness in recruiting candidates to run under the party label. Even in strong GOP years, the party lacked the candidates to take advantage of favorable tides. Indeed, cycle after cycle, Republicans did not even offer voters an alternative for many posts.
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  • For Obama
  • Editorials
  • For Obama

    If it's true that united we stand and divided we fall, America will come crashing down should Mitt Romney be elected president. He's already declared half the citizenry worthless, and said that as president, he'll concern himself only with the others. All those deemed unworthy of Romney's attention are low- and middle-income Americans, people who, unlike Romney himself, had no rich father's shoulders to stand on. These are the people who most need a friend in the White House. Romney promises the back of his hand.
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  • Bob Lancaster
  • Hitting the road

    Fall fell recently and I missed it. I was thinking about something else. Probably some political foolishness that in the end won't amount to a hill of beans, as none of it ever amounts to a hill of beans. A hill of beans amounts to more of a hill of beans than anything that ever sprouts up in the mind of Antonin Scalia. But when fall falls something of giant consequence has occurred. Or recurred.
  • Words
  • He said, she said, they said

    "Maybe this individual will come to their senses before they get back into society." A reader who saw this quotation in an article about a prisoner seeking parole disapproves of the pairing of individual (singular) with their and they (plural).
  • Gene Lyons
  • Debating a world-class BS artist

    Barring a total meltdown — such as forgetting to wear pants or calling for war with Canada — there was no way Mitt Romney wasn't going to be declared the winner of his first debate with President Obama.


  • Big K.R.I.T. at Juanita's
  • To-Do List
  • Big K.R.I.T. at Juanita's

    Also, Brad Paisley at Verizon, Stars at Revolution, Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Music Festival on Mulberry Mountain, the Arkansas State Fair, Harvest Festival at Wildwood, Tav Falco in Fayetteville and A.J. Croce at Juanita's.
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