When a proposal is denounced by both Republicans and Democrats, it usually means one of two things: It’s a really bad idea or it stands to get into somebody’s pocket too deeply.
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Last week President Barack Obama signed an executive order limiting the types of military surplus that can be sold to civilian law enforcement.
I have a suggestion for Gov. Hutchinson, who, at this writing, has yet to issue his formal call for a special legislative session this month. He will ask the General Assembly to approve a multi-million dollar bond issue to help a big defense company win an even more valuable contract to build armored vehicles at its Camden plant.
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The U. S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill Wednesday to throttle the once-secret National Security Agency program that collects and stores data from nearly every landline or cellphone call made or received in the United States.
As recently reported by The Commercial, the Pine Bluff School District has contracted with Nashville, Tennessee-based From the Heart International Educational Services for consulting services. Such arrangements are commonplace, but this one creates more questions than would normally be anticipated.
So it appears we are going to have a special session of the General Assembly later this month. Fine, if you believe that “economic development incentives,” as they are sometimes termed, to private industry bear fruit sufficient to outweigh the costs. Or not so fine, if you’re among those who regard such state subsidies to be “corporate welfare,” in the words of one (Republican) member of the legislature.
Seventy-five years ago today, Winston Churchill ascended to the position of British prime minister. In his first address to Parliament as prime minister, he outlined the coming arduous tasks and their concomitant sacrifices.
Today we note the 70th anniversary of VE-Day, the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in Europe. The unconditional surrender of the German war machine exacted a monumental toll on all sides. It positioned the United States for a post-war industrial boom; while setting Europe on a course for rebuilding and partition.
You know statesmanship in your community has reached rock bottom when a member of the city council publicly castigates a teenager for daring to be politically engaged. Sadly, that’s exactly what happened at the most recent meeting of the Pine Bluff city council when Alderman George Stepps thought it appropriate to criticize Ridgway Christian School senior William Fells III, who gave a speech at the April 20 meeting.