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Self-pity can be politically fatal

By Mark Shields In polls of American historians conducted over the past 17 years by C-SPAN, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt have consistently ranked -- along with George Washington -- among the three best U.S.. . .

Our high court

The Independent Citizens Commission did not take action this past week when it was asked to give an 11 percent pay raise to members of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Some states have compensation commissions that recommend salaries for their high court justices, or. . .

Recognizing our officers

We received a call Monday asking why flags were at half-staff that day. Sadly, here in Arkansas, there were two reasons. Monday was National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and flags are flown at half-staff in recognition of...

Weekend protests in Virginia: Strange Fruit, 2017

BY CONNIE SCHULTZ Please, somebody tell these boys it's 2017. Last weekend, several dozen white people, most of them male and all of them loud, swarmed Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest a City Council vote to...

Comey and the Saturday Night Massacre

By Pat Buchanan History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx. On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon's White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried. . .

Trumpty Dumpty

By Jim Hightower Comandante Trump, El Jefe, the gringo strongman! That's the image our current Commander-in-Chief seems to be cultivating. He has surrounded himself with generals, he cavalierly threatens war. . .

A call to Democrats

Dear Editor, It is my understanding that we have an extreme shortage of local Democratic political candidates here in Greene County. Democrats should run for something, and not just when they think that...

FBI Director Comey and #Russia

By Connie Schultz The Trump administration is foundering at breakneck speed these days, and it can feel overwhelming just trying to keep up. #Russia As I write this, less than 24 hours has passed since President Donald Trump...

Recovering from the storms

It has been a harrowing week for many families in Northeast Arkansas, as well as other parts of the state, because of damaging wind and rain. As people try to recover as soon as possible, there are many of us who are eager to...

Break the chains

By John Stossel My head spins. Before President Trump was elected, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai came on my TV show, upset because President Obama ordered his agency to regulate the internet. For the first time, "Decisions about how. . .

False alarms are dangerous business

It is encouraging to see the City of Paragould is considering an ordinance to charge businesses and industries with chronically faulty fire alarm systems. As City Councilman Jeremy Biggs, chairman of the Ordinance Committee...

For hope, stick with millennials

By Connie Schultz On college campuses across America, spring semester is coming to an end. This can be an emotional time, I've discovered, for those of us who relish the company of these millennials. No one warned me about...

A growing response to a growing need

Paragould's annual Clean Sweep weeks have grown over the last few years. This is a good sign, not only because of the Paragould Economic Development Corporation's dedication to organize these efforts, but because of the...

Spicer's regret is not enough

By Connie Schultz It started in 1939. Nazi Germany launched its euthanasia program, using poison gas to kill people whose only crime was to be mentally ill or physically disabled. They were unworthy of life, the Nazis had...

Capital punishment -- A 'dead' issue

Does capital punishment deter criminals from killing people? The only realistic answer is "No," it does not. Is capital punishment "cruel or unusual" punishment? The "death penalty" is certainly not unusual because it has been...

A perfect time to shape up

National Public Health Week will be observed April 3-7. Across the state health units are encouraging the public to learn more about the Arkansas Department of Health and to visit their local departments. This year the theme for...

Dear Trump supporters: Maybe try to understand us

By Connie Schultz The windowsill over my kitchen sink is an altar of sorts, full of small framed photos of our grandchildren and other mementos to keep me grateful. The square ceramic tile leaning against the window started out...

Curbside recycling encouraging

It's good to see curbside recycling coming to Paragould. Pick-up of recycled items is scheduled to start on April 4. The $15 recycling bins that can hold up to 18 gallons are available in the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 301...

For women, what comes next?

By Connie Schultz International Women's Day is a once-a-year acknowledgment of what women do every day of the year, which is to keep the world afloat with our labor -- paid and unpaid. March 8 fell on a Wednesday this year. Here...

Mark of the beast

To the Editor, I am writing in regard to the "Faith" page in Friday's newspaper. I agree with Rev. Miller, "Christians will not have the mark of the beast." And I want to say the the book of Revelation is certainly preparing the...

Transparent government and the fourth estate

Part of the First Amendment is critical to a transparent government, one which is intimately examined by what has been termed the "fourth estate." "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or...

Advertising opportunities

The Northeast Arkansas Solid Waste Management District is wondering what to do with about $107,000 it has that comes from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. As reported in The Daily Press on Wednesday, the...

New rules, same humans

By Connie Schultz On Tuesday morning, less than an hour after U.S. officials deported Guadalupe Olivas Valencia to Mexico, the 45-year-old man leapt to his death from a bridge that connects our two countries. BBC News reported...

Trump & Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Dear Editor, In an article in The Jonesboro Sun it warns people to beware of the new administration regarding changes to these programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid). The president's budget...

Deadly stretch of highway needs to be widened

We have reported on many fatal crashes between Marmaduke and Paragould on Highway 49. At least 11 of the 14 fatal crashes along that stretch since 2006, that Daily Press staff writer Gary Exelby found from Arkansas State...

It's called lying

BY CONNIE SCHULTZ Her name was Miss Nelson. I don't recall her first name. She didn't seem to need one. She taught fifth grade at West Elementary School in Ashtabula, Ohio. In the fall of 1967, my mother dropped me off in her...

A call for journalism activists

BY CONNIE SCHULTZ Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany, talked about himself in the third...

We are not the enemy

BY CONNIE SCHULTZ On the last day of December, this was Donald Trump's greeting for America -- via Twitter, of course: "Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just...

Area legislators see complicated session ahead

The upcoming Arkansas Legislative Session begins at noon on Monday. There will be many issues to be dealt with, and one that local State Sen. Blake Johnson, representing Senate District 20, and State Rep. Jimmy Gazaway,...

On the trail of the future

Paragould has had a good year with growth as we pointed out with one of our year-in-review articles in today's Weekend Edition. Besides job announcements we saw many ribbon cuttings for new businesses, we saw new construction,...

First we decorate

By CONNIE SCHULTZ The day after Thanksgiving is usually when I begin decorating for Christmas, but on Nov. 25, I turned to my husband on the verge of despair. "I don't know," I said. "I don't think I have it in me." The sound of...

'Thankful and proud'

On Wednesday, Paragould resident James Balcom shared with The Daily Press a resent correspondence he had with Paragould Fire Chief Kevin Lang. Balcom's email to the Fire Chief was dated Nov. 29, 2016. The subject was...

Get downtown for Christmas

The sights, sounds, and spirit of Christmas can already be found in downtown Paragould. Painted windows and other holiday decorations are in place. There are plenty of opportunities for us to enjoy our community during this...

It starts with gratitude

The day before Thanksgiving, I woke up at 5 and bolted out of bed to get a head start on a day full of preparations. That plan derailed in the time it took me to turn on the shower and brush my hair before sticking my hand under the running water. Ice-cold....

Looking down the road

This past week an attempt to increase the amount of millage levied for real and personal property for the Greene County general fund was voted down by the Greene County Quorum Court. The motion, proposed by Justice of the Peace Tommy Grooms (R-Dist. 5), would...

Be thankful for our youth

This week The Daily Press reported on Crowley's Ridge Academy students who went to work raking and bagging leaves in an effort to better their community during their Spiritual Emphasis Day. We told you about Greene...

Thank you, veterans

After a contentious presidential election this year followed by unrest throughout parts of our country, it was good to be in Paragould on Friday -- Veterans Day. It was good because there was a celebration of veterans. For the...

Keep up the turnout

As of Friday voters broke the Greene County early voting record from our last presidential election in 2012. By the end of voting Friday there had been 7,589 votes cast. A total of 7,193 votes were cast in early voting in...

Our View: A good sign

Whether it is done by people who can't vote, for whatever reason, or just because voting isn't enough for them in expressing their political views, those who remove or destroy campaign signs could be so much more constructive with their energy. This week we...