Since writing my last weekly newspaper column for publication on Dec. 29, ending a run of more than 40 years, I can’t say I’ve missed the regular deadlines. But I have missed having an outlet for expression, which is important to a writer.
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After writing this column weekly for more than 40 years, I’m going to retire “Behind the News” after one more next week.
With their costs soaring, U.S. colleges and universities have begun to rely increasingly on part-time faculty members, or adjuncts, to teach many classes. Adjunct compensation generally is so low that unionizing efforts have sprung up on many campuses.
Major college athletics has become big business, though playing the games at the highest levels of the NCAA is certainly not profitable for most institutions.
As this season’s winning NCAA football teams jockey for position in postseason playoffs and bowl games, those who didn’t win at least half of their games begin the process of regrouping in hopes of doing better next year.
The Governor’s Working Group on Highway Funding has issued its preliminary recommendations, and it’s safe to say that the 20-member task force didn’t find any magic solution for more highway revenue.
Arkansas legislators are having trouble doing the right thing, and they’re paying for it in bad publicity, if not legal trouble. Three of them made headlines last week, one with a national broadcast that put the state in a bad light.
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A company hired by the Arkansas Legislature to study the state’s unique “private option” Medicaid program has produced its million-dollar report, totaling more than 300 pages. No doubt to the disappointment of some lawmakers, the consultant recommended keeping the plan with some modifications.
Our political leaders tell us by their inaction that they can or will do nothing about the relentless series of massacres, especially on school campuses, in this country.
Historically, the best method for building and maintaining state and federal highways is the one our political leaders are avoiding like a tax increase. ThatÕs because it would be a tax increase.
Instead of finding a way to provide more money for higher education in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is offering a plan to talk about what higher education could do if it had more money.
As the college football season kicks off this week, the arms race for athletic supremacy has escalated.
Jimmy Carter, who didn’t get much love as the 39th American president, has become much more revered since he left office in 1981. That’s why the news last week that he is fighting cancer hit so hard.
With a new attorney general who bragged in her campaign about being a gun-toting woman, we had reason to expect that Arkansas might gear up its efforts to administer capital punishment to those waiting for justice on the state’s “Death Row.”
While the first “debates” featuring the 17 Republican presidential candidates produced lots of fire and smoke, nothing much of substance came out of the.
Two of the most haunting images related to Thursday’s murder of military personnel in Chattanooga, Tenn., illustrated the jarring fact that the victims had no way to defend themselves.
While much of the public attention in the wake of the June 17 Charlotte, S.C., church massacre has been focused on the Confederate battle flag, little has been said or done about the violations of existing gun laws that allowed the shooter easy access to the weapon he used to kill nine people.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to build a wall on its side of the Mississippi River bridge at Memphis to keep Arkansans out, starting in 2017.
Attorneys for Dylann Roof, accused of murdering nine people on June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., will at least consider a plea of insanity for their client. The case against him is rock solid, and he is a despicable young man without a defense otherwise.
Somebody in the upper ranks of the Arkansas State Police apparently wants the agency to keep accident reports secret from the public. Maybe it’s the natural police penchant for keeping details close to the vest, or maybe it’s just the bother of compiling them for public consumption.
Thanks to Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas General Assembly, we will be talking politics, or at least listening to political messages, during the 2015 holiday season. In a special session last month the Legislature passed a bill moving the state’s 2016 political primaries from May 24 to March 1, and the governor, who had supported the action, signed it into law.
Several new state officials have fired up the debate on whether Arkansas citizens can carry a gun openly, contradicting an attorney general’s opinion and the stance of most law enforcement officers.
The steamship Sultana, which exploded, burned and sank in the Mississippi River near Marion on April 27, 1865, may eventually gain its rightful place in American history, thanks to a determined group of historians and descendants of its victims.
‘Tis the season for tuition increases, and almost all of Arkansas’ public colleges and universities are getting in on the action, which complicates things especially for first-time students and their parents.
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