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Economic growth is missing ingredient

This year’s Republican presidential race has generated an unusual number of unusually bad ideas — Donald Trump on Muslims, Ted Cruz on carpet bombing, Marco Rubio on male footwear. It has also has produced one of the best: Jeb Bush’s 4 percent plan.

Priorities and the Hogs

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines “juxtaposition” as “the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side.” On January 27, an interesting one occurred at a University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees meeting.

Cruz, Rubio and God

If you attend a Republican presidential event on the campaign trail, you may come to wonder if you made a wrong turn and ended up in church. If you are not a believer — an evangelical Christian believer, that is — you may feel ever so slightly unwelcome.

Former Arkansans, in Iowa, New Hampshire

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.

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.

Royalty at the White House

On December 21, 1970 one of the more curious meetings with a sitting U.S. president took place. Photographs from that meeting are kept by the National Archives and Records Administration. Of the millions of images maintained by the National Archives one might guess that the most requested photo reproduction request would be of something like a battle scene or a poignant moment form the civil rights struggle. You’d be wrong.

New era in animal keeping

We are heartened at the imminent opening of the new Pine Bluff Animal Shelter. After decades of backward-looking management and a facility that can only be described as medieval, the city is poised to inaugurate a new era of progressive, humane and positive animal keeping.

Ugly reflections of self

An evocative set of findings has just been released by the Harvard University Institute of Politics (IOP), at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. The GFK-Knowledge Panel survey from which the observations are derived, tracks the opinions of 2,011 18- to 29-year-olds, members of the so-called “millennial” generation. Some of the findings support the view that millennials tend to be more narcissistic than their parent’s generation.

One hundred year board meeting

Even if you have been living under the proverbial rock, you’re likely aware that this weekend is the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth. I am an unapologetic Sinatra fan. I have been since high school. Oddly enough, my love of Ol’ Blue Eyes may have begun as the result of a magazine offer.

Dollarway failed yet again

For years The Commercial has published reports covering one cataclysm after the next at the Dollarway School District. Whether it be the failures of district administration or the teaching staff or the policy and financial irresponsibility of the school board, the district has become an abject failure. With the predictability of the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, the Arkansas state Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to place the Dollarway School District under state control.