In his book “The Collapse of Complex Societies,” anthropologist Joseph Tainter examines why civilizations such as the Roman Empire fell apart. Rome was powerful and seemingly invulnerable to decline, at least to its inhabitants.
This past week, I returned from what is likely to be my last international trade mission as Governor of Arkansas. The journey to three European countries showcased the full range of all that can be gained through in-person contact with current and potential international investors.
Lottery ticket sales improved during the recent fiscal year in Arkansas Lottery satellite offices in Springdale, Jonesboro and Camden, but it is still a losing business proposition to have three separate, free standing offices with two full time employees.
It may just initially be two trucks from a municipal water department, but the move this past week by Springdale officials toward acquiring and testing utility vehicles powered by compressed natural gas is likely to be an historical marker for alternative energy use in Northwest Arkansas.
We shall watch and see if the move to relocate the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Redemption Center from Springdale to Fayetteville results in a firestorm of protests in the political world of Northwest Arkansas.
One may admire the perseverance of Fort Smith City Directors Kevin Settle and Mike Lorenz in their effort to quash any discussion of how the city handles its legal needs, but their passion is raising more red flags among citizens not prone to cynicism, conspiracy or WTF!?
When in-state trucking CEO Steve Williams talks about being for more, new and higher federal taxes on diesel fuel, which could help with the dwindling federal Highway Trust Fund, he is indeed becoming a political maverick.
Today’s economy is more competitive and more complicated than it was fifty years ago. Oklahomans entering the workforce today are not just competing against Texans; they are competing against Americans in all 50 states, and workers in Mexico, India, Europe and China.
The back and forth advertisements from Arkansas gubernatorial hopefuls Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross often elicit an emotion a more disciplined journalist would not reveal. And that emotion is this: We’re gonna miss Gov. Mike Beebe when he’s gone.
There is some confusion surfacing in the Arkansas Governor’s race. Here we sit just past the 4th of July heading into the November election cycle with two distinct Arkansans vying for the state’s top executive spot.
The corpus of the Fort Smith regional economy is not a fully recovered patient but we should pause to take note of recent positive developments. The developments may offer even the most cynical in the region accommodation of a sliver of hope in better days.
I have called the Arkansas General Assembly to Little Rock for an extraordinary session, often referred to as a special session. There are legislative issues to be addressed before the next regular assembly convenes in January.
The recent advances of the ISIS insurgency in Iraq, which threatens to undo what this country poured so much blood and treasure into is disturbing to many Americans, particularly veterans of the conflict, who are left with the question on their lips, “what was it for?”