Riff Raff, Opinions/Editorials

Recent numbers reflect well on the Fort Smith metro economy, but there remains a four-letter word that makes unpleasant a more in-depth conversation: Jobs.

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:19pm

Some Iraqis are now beginning to say the country should be divided into regions composed of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds.

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 2:02pm

Recent political history has it that the Democratic Party tends to “fall in love” with its presidential nominees, while the Republican Party tends to “fall in line” behind the presumptive leader of the Party as its presidential nominee.

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 6:26pm

When businesses become customers of other businesses, the interactions between the companies can be very instructive, providing each company with “how to” lessons, and many times with “how not to” lessons.

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:25pm

Let’s take a moment and talk about the late Jack White and leadership and paperclips.

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 5:10pm

Despite the talk radio criticism facing him today, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is a conservative justice and quickly becoming one of the greatest figures in modern American history.

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:16pm

The murder of nine people inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., by a 21-year-old addict and self-identified white supremacist, has re-ignited a debate over the Confederate battle flag.

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:13pm

Our state has a problem. We don’t handle contract procurements very well. Recently, the Department of Human Services (DHS) has received deserved attention for mismanaging multiple eligibility contracts. It’s a big problem, but it’s not new, and the solutions aren’t all that complicated.

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 2:24pm

In 2009, a 21-year-old interior design major at the University of Arkansas took a risk, trusted her gut, and started her own business on just $100.

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 5:21pm

Despite Arkansas’ reliance on the manufacturing industry for economic growth and jobs, manufacturing within the state has languished. According to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Arkansas’ manufacturing GDP has grown at an annual rate of less than 1% per year since 2002.

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 6:09pm

The first meal I ate in Cuba included rice. So, did the last meal. As did most of the meals in between during my five-day trip to Cuba. Rice is a staple food there and it explains a great deal about the Cuban culture and current relations with the United States.

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 6:50pm

A few weeks ago, I was in Silicon Valley in California. Last week, I was in Newport and Batesville. Saturday, I leave for Paris and Germany. The locations change but the business remains the same — economic development for Arkansas.


Sun, 06/14/2015 - 2:10pm

The media in Arkansas is buzzing about how some public officials are claiming that “open carry” is legal in Arkansas, and that it has been since Act 746 passed in 2013.

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 6:57pm

As I deliver today’s radio address, the floodwaters in our state’s rivers finally should be cresting. In the coming days, the weather forecast calls for no rain and sunny skies across much of the state.

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 5:33pm

Imagine living in a place where you live within easy walking or bicycling distance to a university where you can take in first rate plays and musical performances; or a place you can walk to a vibrant downtown with numerous places serving good food and live music.

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 8:14pm

The irrelevance of the office of mayor in Fort Smith is a structural deficiency that needs to be corrected.

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 7:04pm

In a previous post, I outlined the tortured history of Iraq in which I noted Iraq is an artificial nation with deep divisions that was held together Saddam Hussein’s brutality.

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 2:48pm

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


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