The Arkansas Razorbacks lost to both Mississippi schools this year in football, but at least the state leads in another, more important area: the number of adults age 25-64 with college degrees.
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The Avilla/Zion Community Garden won’t end hunger, stop childhood obesity, reform welfare, clean up the environment or reinvigorate the American community by itself. But it’s a start.
A newspaper’s opinion page can be depressing. Let’s be thankful today. This is, after all, Thanksgiving.
DARDANELLE – In a superintendent’s office built sometime in the 1930s, school administrators are explaining how Dardanelle High beats — in biology, almost doubles — the state average on high school end-of-course exams.
Sen. Mark Pryor released an ad last week criticizing his opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, for a number of votes related to Social Security and Medicare, including raising the eligibility age to 70 starting in 2024. The ad says Pryor instead voted to cut waste.
It’s a crisp November afternoon, and construction workers are finishing the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial behind the Capitol. Johnny Reep is there, too, talking to crane operators, describing the memorial, and remembering what it took to get to this point.
Maybe state employees should be paid based on how much they’ll be missed when they miss a single day of work.
For months, Beth Anne Rankin wrestled with whether or not to run, again, for Congress, even though she had lost twice before. In the end, she said no.
Could there be a state government shutdown, considering the federal government shutdown was so much fun? It wouldn’t go that far, but the way state law is written could help create extended legislative stalemates in the coming years.
Twenty-nine members of the Senate and House met for the first time Wednesday to try to do what Congress has been unable to do for a while — govern responsibly and undramatically on a deadline but without creating a crisis.
I’m for term limits, but my wife, Melissa, is really for them. One six-year term for everybody, and then they should return to real life, she says. To illustrate, she recently asked this: What if jurors were elected?
If you see a dollar bill stamped in red with the words, “Not to be used for bribing politicians,” there’s a chance it was marked by a famous ice cream maker while he was visiting Arkansas.
Monday of last week, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., took the 8:55 a.m. flight from Little Rock to Washington, as usual. He hit the ground running that afternoon and didn’t stop much until he was on the plane headed back to Little Rock Thursday afternoon. He spent 30 minutes with his family and then headed to a fundraiser — mostly close friends, he said, who listened as he talked about the personal difficulties of serving in Congress. It was nighttime before he was home.
First, an admission: Journalists like to quote studies by experts, particularly if we agree with them, because they convey absolute truth about subjects that aren’t completely knowable. Then we cover ourselves by adding the words “allegedly” and “reportedly,” in case the expert is proven wrong.
At the Cotham’s in the City restaurant near the Capitol, two potential candidates for governor are eating lunch at the same long table.
Timothy Massad, overseer of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, told a Little Rock crowd at the Clinton School of Public Service Sept. 26 that the money the federal government spent on TARP – for the banks, AIG, and the auto industry – has been largely paid back. In return, he said, the economy and financial system were saved and a second Great Depression averted.
We’re well into the second week of this shutdown, and it’s really starting to matter. How are we going to get out of this?