Riff Raff, Opinions/Editorials

The Arkansas Supreme Court, waiting until almost the last minute, finally affirmed what Gov. Mike Beebe tried to tell the Legislature back in 2013. And that was this: Any tweaking of the fundamental right for a person to cast a ballot in the state of Arkansas is unconstitutional.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 5:59pm

Owning a small business is no easy task. Starting a business from scratch, however, requires a mental deficiency or youth. My own excuse decades ago was youth.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:27pm

Dear Congressman Cotton:

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:10pm

Now comes the Steel Horse Rally holding great potential to become an event annually drawing thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to a downtown Fort Smith that through private and public development is moving closer to becoming that “cool” place we all knew it could be.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 2:34pm

Education continues to be our top priority in Arkansas, and we know that one of our biggest educational challenges is increasing the number of Arkansans who earn college degrees. This week, we received positive news reinforcing our long-term progress toward that goal.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 2:04pm

The youngest old lion in the pride of Arkansas’ politicians from the era of “retail politics” roared loudly this past week. And like him or not, his words still ring true.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 12:33pm

The U.S. Department of Labor Promises help is on the way. What comforting words ... help is on the way. But why don’t I feel better?

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:36pm

As elections approach, we hear much about what candidates and potential office holders will do when they arrive in Washington, D.C. One of the constant themes is the need to reform the IRS tax code and institute a balanced budget for the national government.

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 7:43pm

Every two years Arkansans are asked to vote on issues and this year there are five statewide ballot measures certified for the Nov. 4 ballot. Three of the five were referred to the public by the Legislature.

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 7:40pm

For too many years, when Arkansans talked about the price of their health insurance, good news was rare. For decades, costs have increased annually, hurting working families and leading to many companies dropping coverage for employees.

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 7:38pm

In Arkansas, economic development manifests itself in many ways. In the past 10 days, we've seen a constant stream of announcements that will bring good jobs and new opportunities to our State.

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:51pm

As the last month before the Nov. 4 general election draws near, activity has resumed to kick around that political football known as the Arkansas Private Option. There have been many a scrum of Legislative hearings on the Private Option in Little Rock.

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:48pm

“Population growth drives about half of all economic growth,” according to Thomas Piketty, the author of the bestselling book Capital in the 21st Century. If population growth accounts for about half of economic growth, then the people of the River Valley should consider these numbers.

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:25pm

Some or all members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors often gather at a restaurant following their regularly scheduled voting meetings. The media has not received advanced notice of such meetings.

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 5:25pm

A kink in the format may leave many disappointed that a platform for foreign affairs is not on the program in the first, and at present only televised debate, between U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 12:07pm

State Rep. Charlene Fite, R-Van Buren, apparently didn’t get the memo.

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:15pm

My last post, which I wrote soon after the troubles began in Iraq, noted that the treasure and blood we poured out into the sands of Iraq had not brought stability, peace, and freedom to that land, nor even a reliable source of o

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 2:54pm

It was September 2013 when the Fort Smith Board of Directors encouraged city staff to do more to incorporate compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles into the city fleet.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:07pm

Thirteen years ago this Thursday our world changed. The unimaginable happened. We will never forget that morning: where we were, who we were with, what we saw, what we said, what we did, how we reacted, how we mourned, and how we came together.

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:17pm

With every passing year, science and technology grow more and more important to economic success. It is research that fuels technology's advances and creates opportunities for tomorrow.

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 9:48pm


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