Riff Raff, Opinions/Editorials

On Tuesday (May 26), a panel of judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled against the request to lift the hold on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 8:30am

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.

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 6:04pm

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.

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 11:26pm

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

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 10:05am

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.

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 5:18pm

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.

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:03pm

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.

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 8:27pm

One of the best-kept secrets in Fort Smith is a non-traditional approach to learning created by Italian physician, Dr. Maria Montessori, in the early 20th century.

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 7:44pm

A lot has changed in Mom’s world.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:11pm

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.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 6:49pm

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.

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 11:03pm

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.

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 4:10pm

I want to address why we have had historically a two party dominant political system this country. Note that I wrote “dominant” here, as there have been and are today other organized parties.

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 4:00pm

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.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 7:19pm

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.

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 7:31pm

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it.

– H.L. Mencken

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 5:47pm

While the 90th General Assembly finally ended this past week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson quietly celebrated his 100th day as Arkansas’ 46th Governor.

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 5:30pm

Raising of Fort Smith sewer rates in a process that will more than triple the average bill by 2017 is not a problem. It’s not welcome news, but we’ve been living below costs for too long.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:12pm

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

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:59am

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.

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:21pm


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