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Planning puts smart brake on sale

As recently reported in The Commercial, the Pine Bluff City Council Development and Planning Committee recommended the full council consider a measure imposing a moratorium on the city sales of property zoned for commercial use until more detailed guidelines are developed.

Old grudge new fodder

Last week The Commercial reported on yet another kerfuffle between mayoral candidate Theodis “Ted” Davis and his former associate on the Jefferson County Board of Election Commissioners, Stu Soffer. Like the swallows returning to San Capistrano, these individuals never disappoint in their political theatrics.

White Hall millage round 2

The city of White Hall has done a lot of growing over the past couple of decades. From traffic lights to businesses and all manner of residential developments, White Hall is growing up. One thing that hasn’t kept pace with all this growth: The White Hall High School. If you were a student there in 1981 the core amenities would look pretty familiar.

Tired approach awakens resources

It is so refreshing to see government working as it should. Last week The Commercial published a report detailing innovations in the Jefferson County recycling program. In specific, the article highlighted a process in which the county produces and sells fuel made from discarded tires.

Prisons, diamond clad and breaded

Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the upcoming awards presentation, there’s been a bit of a furor over the demonstrable lack of diversity among the current cohort. While those nominated certainly reflect the demographic character of those in charge of nominations, they aren’t very reflective of the U.S. population. In specific, the nominees in most of the major categories are all white.

Landmark slips slowly away

A few days ago The Commercial reported a recent act of vandalism at the historic Saenger Theatre located in downtown Pine Bluff. While thieves destroyed property and took things that weren’t theirs to take, the real damage is found in what they have exposed. They have cast a harsh light on Pine Bluff’s darkest secret: nobody cares.

Obesity costs more than health

It’s an old familiar feeling: Arkansas sitting atop a “worst” list. Thankfully, we’ve managed to stay off many that we used to inhabit. Unfortunately, a new study by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, titled “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America,” found that Arkansans are on average, the most obese people in the entire nation.

Court looking for a sign

A recently reported by The Commercial, several members of the Jefferson County Quorum Court have voiced their support for an ordinance regulating the placement of campaign signs. We applaud this move. As fractious as local campaigns have become, we need a few strictures, and this is a good place to start.

Editorial: What’s in a gown?

Chances are, if you’re from the Natural State, it’s a fact about which you’re proud. While all of us likely have things we wish were different about the state, at its core, we know we come from a good place. Arkansans tend to have a strong identity and we don’t mind telling people how much we love our mother state.

Bonnie Briney

BRYANT - Bonnie Faye Patton Briney, 76 of Bryant passed away September 17, 2015. She was born February 3, 1939, daughter of the late, Lawrence Patton and Mabel Kennedy Patton. Bonnie was a homemaker and a Baptist. Her parents, one son, Michael Briney, step mother, Vivian Patton, two sisters, Pat Dalton and Shirley Minor and six brothers, Billy and Hamp Patton, Robert, Dee, Charles and Gene Sandlin preceded her in death.

Confusion about code enforcement

In 1945, the British author, George Orwell, published his allegorical novel, Animal Farm. It is from that work that we get the famous political contradiction, “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.” In Pine Bluff today, we have ample evidence that this kind of thinking isn’t reserved for fictional pigs and chickens.

When the backbeat began

This week in 1955, Richard Wayne Penniman of Macon, Georgia, made musical history. Better known to the world as “Little Richard,” Penniman walked into a New Orleans recording studio and laid down the early rock and roll hit, “Tutti Frutti.” What most don’t know, the song Little Richard presented to legendary producer, Bumps Blackwell, and the one that was finally recorded were very different.

Why We Should Take More Syrian Refugees

In the months before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell sometimes invoked what he referred to as the Pottery Barn Rule: “You break it, you own it.” The obligations of ownership are now coming due, in the form of millions of refugees desperate to escape the strife of the Middle East.