John Brummett

Gone to the DoG

We're now longer carrying John Brummett's column in this space.

Obstruction is the preferred conservatism

Is there greater conservative virtue in opposing federal health reform, period, or in saying it ought to be implemented locally instead of from Washington in the event we are unavoidably laden with it?

A fate not quite as bad as prison for Lu Hardin

There is no crime in being overly and transparently solicitous for the purposes of aggrandizement and personal political advancement. That's simply acute neediness, a common and benign human frailty.

Can we talk? Can we get anywhere?

Dialogue is good. It would be even better if someone would venture off script every once in a while.

With the oath comes a blindfold

We need to stop handing out blindfolds to appointees to state boards and commissions immediately on their taking oaths of office.

Right, wrong and UCA

Ousted president Allen Meadors may be a victim.

A new civil rights struggle in LR?

We aim for closure, not perfection

Sometimes belief is a personal choice, not a logical deduction. Sometimes people would rather be finished with something than right about it. You hear people talking more about closure than about perfection.

Irony abounds as religion arises

If you want irony, pop open a can of worms on religion, on those who claim it and those who don't.

These aren't French impressionists; these are Hogs

Henceforth, if you get a hankering to try to make money by putting out merchandise adorned with the phrase "we didn't come to paint," you will need to get permission from the University of Arkansas athletic department, which probably will turn you down.

It's a crafty deal — good, too

Remember what that old guy with the silver hair - Clinton, I think was his name - always said. It was not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Ross is running, but I repeat myself

If you don't believe it, talk to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, with whom Ross likely will tangle in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

It may get personal in debt-limit end game

With Aug. 2 now only days away, the grown-ups in Washington are starting to engage in serious discussions toward a resolution of the debt-ceiling imbroglio

Read their lips: No new taxes

What has happened over the past four of five days in Washington is instructive. What has happened over the last three or four days in Little Rock has been unsettling.

Fayetteville's snow day goes to high court

That snow-day controversy in Washington County Circuit Court in Fayetteville has now been elevated to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Texan wooed by Arkansas kook caucus

Texas Gov. Rick Perry represents everything that 20 of the most extreme right-wing Republicans in the Arkansas State House of Representatives want in their next president.

Is truckers' highway program falling apart?

The trucking industry's plans to raise state diesel taxes by a nickel a gallon over 10 years via referendum may be unraveling in the face of an anti-tax mood among Arkansas voters.

McDaniel's manna gets more criticism

An appearance of a groundswell emerges against Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's getting to divvy up large sums of legal settlement dollars that occasionally flow to the state.

The audacity of Paul Ryan's whining

At some point if the nation is to solve its problems, one of the political parties is going to have to forgo getting revenge for the preceding rhetorical dishonesty of the other.

While we were sleeping ...

A few observations last week's annual Arkansas Rural Development Conference in Hot Springs.