• Isaac Alexander
  • Issue of
  • Mar 20-26, 2014
  • Vol. 22, No. 4
Digital Edition


  • The Observer
  • Call me Trimtab

    The Observer went over to the Statehouse Convention Center on Monday for an appearance by Jeff Bridges, AKA Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, AKA Rooster Cogburn 2.0, AKA Otis "Bad" Blake from "Crazy Heart," the role for which he won an Oscar. Bridges was in town, sharing the stage with the governor and the CEO of Share Our Strength and an elementary school principal, to promote Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, which seeks to give school kids a nutritious breakfast first thing in the morning before class.
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  • The Week That Was
  • It was a good week for Tom Cotton

    It was also a good week for Morril Harriman. It was a good week for Judge Mike Maggio, Sheridan High School, Arkansas's 12-week abortion ban, Jack Gillean, Pulaski Technical College and Gary Meador.
  • Letters
  • Hope for something better

    Occasionally, letters to the editors of our various media outlets here in Arkansas reveal the sentiments of those who do not put much stock in the Bible.


  • Editorials
  • Still the same

    Watching a young Asa Hutchinson operate in the smartest-guys-in-the-room-style of Washington politics in the 1990s, the Republican Party's Grand Old Man, Richard Nixon, said, "I find the way his jib is trimmed appealing. What about you, Hank?" "Ach du lieber," Kissinger replied.
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  • Editorials
  • We can see clearly now

    If Asa Hutchinson has been wildly overrated over the years, Mike Beebe has been, by many of us, vastly underrated. "Oh sure, he's been a successful legislative operator," we've told each other. "But to what ends? And he's had some questionable friends and allies."
  • Words
  • Livestock report

    This being an election year, many trite old political terms will be brought out for another interminable go. One such is dark horse. I recently stumbled across the fact that dark horse was created by none other than the Ol' Diz. No, not the great right-handed pitcher from Arkansas, Dizzy Dean. The other one.
  • Gene Lyons
  • Ryan needs Swift kick

    Reflections upon the recent holiday: The first time my wife saw tears in my eyes was in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, at the tomb of Jonathan Swift. The brilliant 18th century Irish satirist was my first and most enduring literary hero, a towering figure who Yeats thought "slept under the greatest epitaph in history" — composed by Swift himself.


  • Big Piph at Stickyz
  • To-Do List
  • Big Piph at Stickyz

    Sweet Charity at Reynolds in UCA, Rich Homie Quan at Clear Channel, Patrick Sweany at White Water, Kevin Kerby at White Water, Pedal-Palooza at First Security Amphitheater and The Salty Dogs at South on Main.
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