Gene Lyons

10/23/2014 - 2:23pm

    "First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror ..."

    -- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933 Inaugural Address

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10/16/2014 - 1:22pm

    One afternoon two weeks ago, I did my best to calm a friend who'd become fearful that her son would contract Ebola in Syria. The young man had enlisted in the National Guard. She knew the U.S. was bombing ISIS terrorists there, and that people were...

10/09/2014 - 2:56pm

    When we moved to our Arkansas cattle farm, a friend lent us a book titled "A Straw in the Sun." Published in 1945, Charlie May Simon's beautifully written memoir of homesteading here in Perry County, Arkansas during the 1930s was long out of print -- maybe because the...

10/02/2014 - 4:20pm

    Tell your Mama

    Tell your Paw

    I'm gonna send you back to Arkansas

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09/25/2014 - 11:50am

    Maybe next time, they'll award the Nobel Peace Prize at the end of a politician's tenure rather than the beginning. There was always something mildly farcical about the Swedish committee recognizing President Obama's lofty rhetoric in advance of...

09/18/2014 - 4:19pm

    We ended up adopting Fred due to his incorrigible stubbornness. Originally bred to track game, basset hounds can be amazingly persistent. It sometimes appears that when their noses are working, their hearing shuts down.

    Fred, however, could hear...

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