One of the main reasons Arkansas’ prison system is so crowded that more than 2,500 state inmates are being held in county jails can be blamed on the fact that so many keep coming back for more punishment.
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At the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on Environment & Development on June 14, 1992, President George H.W. Bush and the leaders of 177 other nations signed a document known as “Agenda 21.” At the time it was considered a conservative planning paper designed as a guide to sustaining the development of an increasingly crowded world.
A United Nations document known as Agenda 21, originally signed by the United States and 177 other nations in 1992, has become the bogeyman for many causes opposed by members of the Tea Party movement.
One of the best things about being retired from full-time newspaper work is that I have time to read about something other than current events. I have made a small dent in my library and moved a few new books to the top of my reading list.
While covering a pre-election meeting of the Independence County Democratic Central Committee around 1980, I noticed that everyone there had gray hair or no hair. No young people were in the room.
Regardless of who wins today’s general election, congratulations are in order to the small group of the rich people who funded the attack ads that have flooded our television broadcasts for weeks. They have convinced the vast majority of Arkansas citizens that all politicians are dirt.
Early voting in the 2014 general election is well underway, and we can all rejoice in the fact that the most expensive, most negative mid-term election in American history will soon be history.
The battle over Issue No. 4 on Arkansas general election ballots, at least in financing the campaign messages, is between those who would like to sell alcoholic beverages and those who would like to continue selling alcoholic beverages.
Probably the closest to a sure thing among the five issues that will be on Arkansas general election ballots Nov. 4 is “A Proposed Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage,” listed as Issue No. 5.
The first thing you notice about Issue No. 3, the third proposed constitutional amendment referred by the Arkansas General Assembly to the Nov. 4 general election ballots, is its length. If passed, it would add more than 7,000 words to our 1874 Constitution, which is already too long.
The shocking murder of North Little Rock real estate agent Beverly Carter has raised many questions about how such a tragedy could happen and what we can do to prevent similar ones.
Among the ballot issues that we will face in the Nov. 4 general election are three constitutional amendments referred from the General Assembly’s regular session of 2013. That’s the maximum number allowed per session, which is probably one of the best restrictions of all in our 1874 Constitution.
It wasn’t really surprising that Mike Beebe would choose to donate his gubernatorial papers, other media and memorabilia to Arkansas State University, but his announcement Saturday made a small group of ASU insiders and supporters especially happy.
Even the reform-minded Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics doesn’t seem to know what to do about the march toward professionalism in major college sports programs. The commission met last week and, according to a commission news release, vowed to “intensify its efforts to promote changes that better align athletic programs with institutions’ educational missions.”
Arkansas voters will apparently face five ballot issues in the Nov. 4 general election. That’s apparently because a lawsuit has been filed questioning the legitimacy of one issue, and its outcome could affect another.
Arkansas needs to change its system of selecting judges, and we need to do it before the people who elect them lose confidence in their courts.
Two state senators want to lead an effort to abolish the lieutenant governor’s office, and they make a good point. But they’re not thinking big enough.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is working to pave the last gravel state highway. It’s an 8-mile stretch of road that runs north from Crawford County into Washington County in Northwest Arkansas.
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education will use $1.6 million of the state’s “rainy-day funds” to pay for a larger-than-usual number of Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships this year.
The state’s general election campaign really got under way Friday with a series of debates sponsored by the Arkansas Press Association during its annual convention in Hot Springs.
Capitalism sometimes clashes with the interests, even the morality of potential customers.
Although slight in stature, John E. Miller was a giant in the Arkansas Legislature during most of the 40 years he served there. Miller died Wednesday night at his home in Melbourne at age 85.
Arkansas sheriffs don’t seem to be getting much sympathy in response to their plea for a legislative solution to a dilemma caused by the state’s latest “get-tough-on-criminals” effort.
While most folks have been pre-occupied with the issue of whether gay people should have the right to marry, efforts have been under way quietly to make a social change in Arkansas law that would affect far more people.
Two recent developments in college athletics, not necessarily related but certainly relevant to each other, threaten the future of the National College Athletic Association’s control over amateur sports on campus.