Governor Asa Hutchinson successfully pushed a computer coding program for public schools during the recently concluded Legislative Session. Hutchinson seeks to crank out 6,000 computer coders each year.
Funding for a 35-mile multi-use trail system in Fort Smith wasn’t rejected because voters don’t like trails. It wasn’t about the trails. Never was. It was about trust. It was about transparency. It was about neither of those two things being commonly associated with city government.
Despite all the advantages Hillary Clinton has going for her in the upcoming 2016 presidential elections cycle, she does have some vulnerabilities and challenges that could at best diminish the importance of her potential victory
Not long ago, I was in Hot Springs as the Arkansas Arts Council named the 2015 Arkansas Living Treasure recipient. It’s a big deal. This year’s honoree was Lorrie Popow, who is famous for her Ukrainian Egg Art.
Where there is no vision, the people perish, at least that is one translation of Proverbs 29:18. Although I have no ecclesiastical or apostolic authority to change the Bible, I believe restating this proverb as a positive statement is just as true. Where there is vision the people prosper.
Editor’s note: This essay has been edited to reflect that Sen. Cotton did indeed address the media following his lone “No” vote, and that Sen. Cotton called out the other Senators in an address prior to the 98-1 vote on the Iran treaty issue.
Speaking recently at the Arkansas Trucking Association’s Annual Business meeting in Hot Springs, Gov. Asa Hutchinson dropped a few names or positions of names likely to be on the working group on Highway Funding.
The City Wire encourages Fort Smith voters to renew the 1% street tax program for another 10 years, and to vote for using 5% of the street tax to fund construction of trails and greenways in and around the city.
As you may be aware, Fort Smith voters will go to the polls on May 12. The ballot will include renewal of the 1% sales tax that for the last 30 years, having first been approved by the voters in 1985 and renewed in 1995 and 2005, has been used for streets, bridges and associated drainage.
A recent commentary by me suggesting that we make Fort Smith a place that caters to the retirement crowd was not well received by all. My tagline, “Fort Smith is a great place to die,” didn’t pass muster as my suggestion for our city’s marketing theme.
I’ve been thinking that someone ought to say some nice things about Andrea Lea, our Republican Auditor of State from Russellville. She’s done much over the years but is easy to forget today, as she’s been quietly doing her job and avoiding headlines, not creating them.
The Fort Smith area, as noted in a recent commentary, has many great attributes for retirees, but Fort Smith also is a great place to live for families and community leaders are doing more to attract and retain young professional
Fort Smith embraced selling its frontier heritage to tourists in 1955 when Mayor H. R. “Happy” Hestand appointed Judge Paul Wolfe to lead a committee to restore the Parker courtroom and rebuild the gallows.