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GENE LYONS

Arkansas Times columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Award winner and co-author of “The Hunting of the President” (St. Martin's Press, 2000). His column is distributed by the Newspaper Enterprise Association. You can email Lyons at eugenelyons2@yahoo.com.

Articles by GENE LYONS

Commentary: Killings backfire on terrorists Commentary: Killings backfire on terrorists
11 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Murder, even political murder, is easy. Any idiot can pull a trigger. The temptation to attribute superhuman cunning to terrorists must be resisted. Often they’re as politically incompetent as they are ruthless. [Read More]
Commentary: Veronica Rutledge and our gun cult Commentary: Veronica Rutledge and our gun cult
12 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
That Idaho mother shot to death by her 2-year-old son in a Walmart store? Judging by Veronica Jean Rutledge’s biography, you can be just about certain that she’d driven to the store wearing a seat belt, with her little boy buckled carefully into his car seat. [Read More]
Commentary: Defending 'The Dog Whisperer' Commentary: Defending 'The Dog Whisperer'
13 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Since the election, Barack Obama apparently doesn’t care whom he offends. In a TV interview with Barbara Walters, the president-elect insulted her dog, a Havanese named Cha Cha. [Read More]
Commentary: Obama's fourth quarter Commentary: Obama's fourth quarter
14 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
President Barack Obama’s strongest detractors have never decided if he’s a tyrant or a weakling. Right up to the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans scorned his fecklessness and inability to lead. [Read More]
Commentary: Rape numbers exaggerated Commentary: Rape numbers exaggerated
15 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
If the great Rolling Stone campus rape hoax proved nothing else, it’s that True Believers make lousy reporters. I’ve always found it useful to keep in mind what my brother and I call the state motto of our native New Jersey: “Oh yeah, who says?” [Read More]
Commentary: Rolling Stone's inexcusable errors Commentary: Rolling Stone's inexcusable errors
16 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Like the best crime fiction, Rolling Stone’s infamous article about a purported gang rape at the University of Virginia was vividly written. I’m embarrassed to say that it almost convinced me. [Read More]
Commentary: Sometimes a tragedy is just that Commentary: Sometimes a tragedy is just that
17 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Sometimes a tragedy is just a tragedy, and not necessarily a melodrama pitting good against evil. No heroes, no villains, just a terrible misfortune and a damned shame. [Read More]
Commentary: Big data and man's best friend Commentary: Big data and man's best friend
19 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
As I write, the love of my life is off to the state penitentiary. I expect her back at the farm in late afternoon. She’s a volunteer with Paws in Prison, an organization that matches homeless dogs with inmate trainers. [Read More]
Commentary: 'Animal House Republicanism' Commentary: 'Animal House Republicanism'
20 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
This too shall pass. In the bipolar gong show of Washington politics, it’s the Republicans’ turn. Count on them to opt for televised spectacle over governing. It’s what they do. [Read More]
Commentary: Citizens United ruling resonates Commentary: Citizens United ruling resonates
21 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Look at it this way: At least the 2014 midterm elections are over. Maybe the most clueless pronouncement ever made by a U.S. Supreme Court justice was Anthony Kennedy’s comment in the 2010 Citizens United case arguing that unlimited “independent (campaign) expenditures ... [Read More]
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