Paul Greenberg

Posted March 18, 2015

How interpret a law to mean the opposite of what it says? That's no big problem for lawyers; it's more their specialty. For why would you need sophisticated legal scholars if the law were clear without their services?

Posted March 17, 2015

The pen may be mightier than the sword, but perhaps only if it comes with a fully automatic assault rifle with RPG attached.

Posted March 11, 2015

A friendly critic wants to know why go on and on about historical events when this is supposed to be a column mainly about current events, not past ones.

Posted March 10, 2015

Leonard Nimoy has died at 83.

Posted March 09, 2015

It is not often that a ghostly figure from the past is not only embodied in a present-day politician but addresses the Congress of the United States -- which is what Israel's embattled prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, did last Tuesday.

Posted March 07, 2015

The good news is that Arkansas' legislature is taking education seriously this session.

Posted March 03, 2015

Journalism has thrived on scandal since there's been journalism. For who except a saint wouldn't take vicarious pleasure in reading about how the mighty have fallen? Especially when pride, as usual, has gone before the fall. Maybe saints don't read the papers, but we lesser mortals may not consider our morning coffee complete without a look at the headlines. And when it comes to scandal, some of us don't just scan the headlines but devour every word. Consider that a confession.

Posted March 02, 2015

Now it's come out that John Kerry and the administration's other foreign policy masterminds have been withholding details of Washington's coming deal with Teheran from our "ally" Israel. There are some things, they figure, it is better the Israelis not know.

Posted February 25, 2015

Last week our president and commander- in-chief responded to the latest wave of terrorist attacks around the world by -- calling a seminar.

Posted February 19, 2015

For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

Posted February 18, 2015

The first domino -- Greece -- in the long row comprising the European Union is wobbling and about to fall, and could take the whole EU and its common currency, the euro, down with it someday. Maybe someday soon.

Posted February 17, 2015

These days I scarcely know where to turn next in the public prints, there's such an abundance of cheery news from the upper regions. Clearly you have things well in hand up there.

Posted February 12, 2015

The message on the phone was there waiting for me after a long day and longer week at work. The news was sad but not unexpected. Like the death of a dear aunt who had been putting up a good fight for years. The time to let her go in peace had finally arrived.

Posted February 10, 2015

Tom Cotton, the still new U.S. senator from Arkansas, combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, native of Yell County (just like "True Grit's" Mattie Ross), graduate of Dardanelle High and Harvard University (both undergraduate and law school), he's always told it with the bark off.

Posted February 06, 2015

It may have been Goethe who said there is nothing so frightening as ignorance in action, and it certainly has been active of late, especially when it comes to vaccinating kids against diseases that once killed and crippled and scarred and generally ravaged millions. Like smallpox, diphtheria, mumps, measles ... the whole catalogue of curses.

Posted February 05, 2015

LITTLE ROCK -- Hide the women and children, as the old-timers used to say in these parts, for the Arkansas legislature is back in session.

Posted February 03, 2015

Report from the waiting room: Down the hall in this great maze of a modern medical center there is another clinic, one advertised with a big sign pointing the direction there and saying something about beauty. It apparently specializes in cosmetic surgery.

Posted February 02, 2015

The headliner of this year's Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock come April is John Waters, the filmmaker who delights in upending the stuffy stereotypes of the art world, a culturally confined universe that may be roughly defined as whatever crowd-pleasers the museums are showing this year.

Posted January 30, 2015

It's a slim little book that had a powerful impact as this country and the rest of the world hovered on the edge of war in 1939: "Mrs. Miniver" by Jan Struther, which began as a collection of short newspaper columns in the Times about the daily life of an English household in suburban London. Then it became a popular novel, and eventually a classic movie (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon).

Posted January 27, 2015

History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. That observation has been attributed to Mark Twain but, much like Dorothy Parker in our time, old Sam Clemens tended to get credit for any saying that is wise, witty and compact. Talk about history rhyming: The unending news dispatches out of Ukraine might as well have been written in rhyming couplets.