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DeGray water plan best for community

Arkansans are an odd bunch when it comes to summer weather. We like having cooler temperatures because it means we save money on air conditioning, but we hate not being able to fully enjoy the Natural State, which in turn affects the businesses that depend on summertime visitors.

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The Larry Pillow story

The English statesman and orator Edmund Burke once said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." This is so true and applies to much of our society today.

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The importance of history

WASHINGTON -- The monumental tapestry triptych by Marc Chagall, hanging in the State Hall of the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, hints at some of the artist's own memories, including from his childhood in Vitebsk, Russia. But these float among images of Jewish history: of Moses with his tablets, of David with his harp. Images of wandering and vulnerability: a village burned, a dead body surrounded by six candles, standing in for 6 million. Images of return and security: pioneers, soldiers and a new flag among the nations.

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Saudi challenge: The Islamic State

WASHINGTON -- With Iraq and Syria ablaze, the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia seems almost an afterthought. But Riyadh will be a crucial, if quixotic, ally as the U.S. seeks to mobilize Sunni Muslims against the terrorist Islamic State.

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