Riff Raff, Opinions/Editorials

Despite several versions of on-line petitions and even a harsh rebuke from the chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson will not issue a “veto” this session.

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:23pm

One of the big issues in this year’s Legislative session had to do with “re-homing” of adopted children. It seems that plenty of Arkansas lawmakers decided that practice is a terrible idea.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:59am

John Burris, a political consultant and former Arkansas legislator, recently opined about how Arkansas’ budget has changed for the better. That heading caught my attention, as I am disappointed with the proposed budget.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:49pm

Change is hard to see while it’s happening. I don’t know how my hairline got so high and thin. I just know I looked up one day, and there it was, retreated. Let’s say the state budget is kind of like that: changing slowly. Except in a good way, unlike my situation.

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 8:24pm

Much of our thought process is language-based. As a consequence, our vocabulary and understanding of language can determine the quality of our thinking and understanding about life.

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:58pm

Startling word leaked out of the state Capitol this past week. Arkansas voters in November 2016 may not face a referred Constitutional Amendment submitted by the Legislature of the 90th General Assembly.

Say what? You can’t be serious.

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:45pm

The good Senator Tom Cotton isn’t acting like the farm boy from Yell County who was dominant in his campaign commercials. Those small town, farm values he loaded up in Dardanelle on the half-ton farm truck for his trip to D.C. must have fallen off somewhere around Walnut Ridge.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:19pm

United States Senator Tom Cotton last week wrote a letter to the Iranian Ayatollah, stating that the President’s on-going nuclear negotiations with the terrorist state are ill conceived and non-binding.

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 6:09pm

In a recent address for the U.S. Marshals Museums lecture series, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was quoted as saying “The Constitution means what it meant when our fathers adopted it.

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 10:46am

Back in November there were hints, niggling little bits of rumor, that the world’s most famous painting of jimson weed (Datura stramonium) might be coming to Bentonville. And sure enough it has.

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 10:44am

Considering the busy schedule of many who read The City Wire, it borders on unreasonable to ask you to watch a 25-minute video produced by a junior high student in Arkansas that tells the story of a troubled teen from Kansas.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:15pm

One of the things I learned in law school is Arkansas is unique in that it is unusual in that there is no express or implied warranty of habitability.

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:33pm

One of the most common reasons I hear for opposition to Fort Smith changing its form of government to the mayor/council for is cronyism. I personally think this argument is limiting. Cronyism is available to any form of government including our administrator/director form.

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 7:11pm

A loud public outcry has risen this past week over the revelation that Rep. Justin Harris, R-West Fork and his spouse, Marsha, after legally adopting two young girls, “gave” these children to another non-related couple to raise.

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 7:09pm

If or when the post-Great Recession history of Fort Smith is written, a leading candidate as an historic marker in the economic recovery will be the recent and well-attended cold and muddy groundbreaking that was birthed by the near-death of a Fort Smith hospital system.

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:50pm

Religious liberty is at the heart of our constitutional freedoms.

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:52pm

An academic approach to heritage begins with the understanding that “heritage” is not equivalent to history or historical facts. Rather, heritage is an appropriation of the past that is used for present-day purposes.

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:39pm

This past week, retired Circuit Judge David Burnett, now state Senator David Burnett, D-Osceola, let his temper get the best of him.

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:15pm

Before getting too far into this column, let me make it perfectly clear that I despise driving while intoxicated (DWI) checkpoints.

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 8:49pm

One of the most pressing issues that Gov. Hutchinson must face during his first term in office is how to address our costly prison system.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:58am


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