Riff Raff, Opinions/Editorials

I have a particular dislike for bookkeepers and accountants who commit fraud and embezzle from their employers. The act is vile and the person committing the fraud betrays their employer’s and co-workers’ trust willingly and continually over period of time through lies and deception.

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:02pm

Civic leaders increasingly recognize that the arts, creative place-making and arts tourism not only provide social and cultural benefits to our community but economic benefits as well.

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:16pm

As Founding Father James Madison once said, “A Popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it is but a Prologue to a Farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both." Will the July 27th School Board meeting be a farce, tragedy, both, or neither?

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 5:49pm

My earliest memories of Southside Rebel Pride came when I was in grade school, watching my two older brothers play football for the Rebels. My oldest brother played on the offensive line, and when he was a senior my middle brother became the starting quarterback as a junior.

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:05pm

It’s that time again; unbelievably, it has been five years since we completed a countywide reappraisal, so it’s time to do it again.

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 4:06pm

The trust and transparency deficit with Fort Smith municipal government took another hit Friday (July 10) when Mayor Sandy Sanders admitted – maybe unwittingly – that the Board broke state law during a more than two-hour executive session held after the sudden resignation of City Administrator Ra

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 8:59pm

Ray Gosack’s sudden and unexpected resignation as Fort Smith’s City Administrator without a hint of the reason begs one to speculate as to the why. Speculation isn’t reliable in finding the truth, but it doesn’t cost anything. So let’s speculate.

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 7:37pm

My first bill, the Resilient Federal Forests Act, passed the House of Representatives on Thursday (July 9). It is bipartisan legislation that will give the Forest Service the tools it needs to better manage our national forests.

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 1:35pm

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


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