• Issue of
  • Nov 18-24, 2004
  • Vol. 2, No. 44

News

  • The Insider
  • Insider Nov. 25

    You can officially add Dr. Carl Johnson of Little Rock, a member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and the Little Rock Airport Commission, to those eying a race for lieutenant governor.
  • The Insider
  • Insiders Nov. 18

    Has Jennings Osborne gotten special treatment in road construction on Cantrell Road?
  • Smart Talk
  • Smart Talk Nov. 25

    This is probably nothing. But we can’t help but pass along a snatch of conversation we overheard last week strolling among the hordes on Clinton Avenue during library dedication week.
  • The Observer
  • The Observer Nov. 25

    We live in an aging neighborhood and so welcomed a young couple that built a new house on a vacant lot near us not long ago. The house is true to the neighborhood aesthetic in size and design. A welcome addition in just about every way. Except one.
  • The Observer
  • The Observer Nov. 18

    The Observer picked up a copy of the Batesville Daily Guard in our office the other day, and saw a large and momentous headline: “Van Atkins to close.” The article explained that the last two Van Atkins stores in operation, one that had done business in downtown Batesville for 51 years and another at Monticello, were closing their doors for good.
  • The Week That Was
  • The week that was Nov. 17-23

    It was a good week for … LITTLE ROCK. Despite a miserable, rainy day, the Clinton Presidential Center opened with a ceremony worthy of the giant facility — diverse music, four presidents, uplifting speeches, a big crowd and worldwide TV coverage.
  • Letters
  • Letters Nov. 25

    I was shocked to see state Rep. Steven B. Jones, a Democrat from Crittenden County, supporting a Republican candidate in the District 7 Senate race in Washington County. He needs to keep his snotty, meddling nose OUT of races in Northwest Arkansas and he needs to check his loyalty to the Democratic Party.
  • Letters
  • Letters Nov. 18

    The forces of religious right(eousness) have spoken in the presidential election. Soon gay marriage and abortion will be illegal everywhere; school prayer will be permitted again. But why stop there? Let’s REALLY go back to the good old days when piety swung a huge stick in American life. I look forward to the return of:

Columns

  • Editorials
  • Talk about smirking

    The corporate media never tired of being unfair to Al Gore in 2000, misquoting or ignoring things that he said, attributing to him things that he didn’t say, mocking everything from his choice of clothing to his kissing his wife. This year, it was Howard Dean that got the presshounds’ hackles up. He was too short, too loud, too Democratic. They haven’t stopped just because Dean’s candidacy and the election are long over, either.
  • Max Brantley
  • Funny money

    I tend to trust Richard Weiss. But that doesn’t mean the head of the state Finance and Administration Department is not a politician as well as a bureaucrat. You don’t work for Bill Clinton, Jim Guy Tucker and Mike Huckabee without survival skills. I’ll give Weiss the benefit of the doubt on his state revenue forecast for next year. But I have to note how very small numbers made a big difference, maybe even to the future of our state
  • Max Brantley
  • Gone to cover

    Where have all the petty people gone? You know who I mean. The people who thought the word “lie-brary" was cute even after they’d written it for the thousandth time.
  • John Brummett
  • Elusive building, like the man

    I agree with Hillary Clinton when she says her husband¹s new presidential library in Little Rock reflects him perfectly. But I see it and him differently from the way she sees them.
  • John Brummett
  • Elusive building, like the man

    I agree with Hillary Clinton when she says her husband’s new presidential library in Little Rock reflects him perfectly. But I see it and him differently from the way she sees them.
  • John Brummett
  • Jim Crow rides crimson tide

    No wonder the team calls itself the “crimson” tide. Alabama surely must be the reddest state of all. I refer to the political and cultural identity of a state as defined by its vote in the presidential race. Red means pro-Bush. More to the point, and to mince no words, red means claiming superior moral values and having that provincial declaration rendered hollow by behavior.
  • Ernest Dumas
  • Worried about Bush

    If you can believe a New York Times/CBS News poll, most Americans are just a little worried about what President Bush has in store for the country and their pocketbooks the next four years.
  • Ernest Dumas
  • Bible-based government

    Democrats ought to be excused for a certain amount of lamentation after their electoral defeats, but they ought to banish from their midst the pharisees who say that Democrats need to pray louder and boast more about their faith and piety if they are going to beat Republicans from here on. Jesus had some predictions about what would happen to such people and it did not comport with winning elections.
  • Bob Lancaster
  • Grace '04

    Thanks for the turkey, if seasonal political figures of speech are admissible. Thanks for whoever came up with the idea of the little paper cup for the cranberry sauce. Thanks for spyware. For Vioxx. For $2-a-gallon gasoline. For Birdstone. For Ravel’s Bolero. For talk-radio blowhard inexhaustibility.
  • Words
  • Words Nov. 18

    “I read in the Nov. 4 issue of Arkansas Times the following regarding shrank and shrunk: ‘Though shrank appears more often in American writing, shrunk is “an acceptable alternative past tense in American English,” according to CGEU [the Cambridge Guide to English Usage].’ Apparently CGEU doesn’t know the difference between the noun alternative and the adjective alternate, but I would have expected you to catch that.”
  • Words
  • Words Nov. 25

    Do as they mean, not as they say: Harper’s magazine published what it said was an excerpt from “a guide intended to help foreigners understand the idiosyncrasies of British English.” Some examples:
  • Bob McCord
  • Revisiiting 1963

    With former President Bill Clinton’s library about to open, the Little Rock Rotary Club decided last week to invite a speaker who helped show the world the tragic and mysterious thing that happened to a president 41 years ago.
  • Bob McCord
  • A respite from anger

    For the half-century I have been a newspaperman, I have never seen the anger and hate aimed toward the Democrat and Republican candidates running for President this year. It was the first time I ever heard people say they would leave the country if their candidate didn't win. Bush was attacked as an idiot, Kerry as a liberal, phony war hero.
  • Warwick Sabin
  • Huckabees R Us

    Governor Huckabee receives a fair amount of criticism in these pages, and while most of it is motivated by honest disagreements on policy, he would be justified in thinking that sometimes our exuberance translates into the kind of personal attacks we always should try to avoid.
  • Warwick Sabin
  • Reap what you sow

    The American national holiday, Thanksgiving, celebrates the first autumn harvest of some of our earliest British settlers. With the help of the natives, the group that landed at Plymouth Rock was able to grow enough food to sustain themselves through the winter months to come

Entertainment

  • More picks Nov. 25-Dec. 1
  • Picks
  • More picks Nov. 25-Dec. 1

    In a treat to get the whole family into the holiday spirit, the Moscow Ballet will bring its “Great Russian Nutcracker” to Robinson Center Music Hall on Friday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m.
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  • Ronnie Hawkins, part II
  • Arkansongs
  • Ronnie Hawkins, part II

    Two days younger than Elvis Presley, and once among those hyped to be his heir, Madison County native Ronnie Hawkins did not become “the next Elvis” in America. But Hawkins did become king of Canadian rock ’n’ roll.
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  • Jim Harris
  • Franken helps ease the pain Franken helps ease the pain

    The small protest gathering outside the Arkansas Repertory Theatre on Monday night, before Al Franken’s benefit appearance, was rather pitiful looking. Dragging their children into the mess, the protestors held signs alleging that Juanita Brodericks’ allegations about a long-ago unwilling encounter with Bill Clinton was true. It never ends.
  • Music and Clinton at Old State House
  • Best Bets
  • Music and Clinton at Old State House

    We know Bill Clinton likes his music, and the Old State House Museum is filling the bill with free shows from Arkansas musicians 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday as the Clinton Presidential Center opening celebration winds down.
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  • Advice Goddess
  • Reality Czech

    I dated this guy for 10 months, and spent the entire time battling his “I’m not good with commitment” stance. Although I was tortured that he would never commit or tell me he loved me, I stayed because I felt so deeply for him. The month after we quit speaking, I discovered he’d gone to the Czech Republic and gotten married!
  • Advice Goddess
  • Chump change

    Several months ago, I met this amazing woman. We fell in love quickly, and everything seemed perfect, but it turned out she’d been speaking with her ex-husband about reuniting all along. He subsequently moved back in.

Cartoons

Dining

  • What's Cookin'
  • What's cooking Nov. 18

    Time Out Corner Cafe has opened at the southeast corner of Markham and Scott streets, on the first floor of the Heritage West building.

 

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