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Riff Raff, Opinions/Editorials

In Arkansas, economic development manifests itself in many ways. In the past 10 days, we've seen a constant stream of announcements that will bring good jobs and new opportunities to our State.

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:51pm

As the last month before the Nov. 4 general election draws near, activity has resumed to kick around that political football known as the Arkansas Private Option. There have been many a scrum of Legislative hearings on the Private Option in Little Rock.

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:48pm

“Population growth drives about half of all economic growth,” according to Thomas Piketty, the author of the bestselling book Capital in the 21st Century. If population growth accounts for about half of economic growth, then the people of the River Valley should consider these numbers.

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:25pm

Some or all members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors often gather at a restaurant following their regularly scheduled voting meetings. The media has not received advanced notice of such meetings.

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 5:25pm

A kink in the format may leave many disappointed that a platform for foreign affairs is not on the program in the first, and at present only televised debate, between U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 12:07pm

State Rep. Charlene Fite, R-Van Buren, apparently didn’t get the memo.

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:15pm

My last post, which I wrote soon after the troubles began in Iraq, noted that the treasure and blood we poured out into the sands of Iraq had not brought stability, peace, and freedom to that land, nor even a reliable source of o

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 2:54pm

It was September 2013 when the Fort Smith Board of Directors encouraged city staff to do more to incorporate compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles into the city fleet.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:07pm

Thirteen years ago this Thursday our world changed. The unimaginable happened. We will never forget that morning: where we were, who we were with, what we saw, what we said, what we did, how we reacted, how we mourned, and how we came together.

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:17pm

With every passing year, science and technology grow more and more important to economic success. It is research that fuels technology's advances and creates opportunities for tomorrow.

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 9:48pm

As the former director of the Arkansas Employment Security Division (now the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services), and a professor of human resources development for Webster University, I have long been an advocate for higher education, and specifically the need for career-focused education

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 7:59pm

About a year ago I wrote an article entitled “Cattle markets move past summer lows.” The title of this article reflects how far we have come and serves as a reminder that the current cattle and beef market situation is the result of a market run that began over a year ago.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:44pm

Business owners are trained to think about the future. There are seminars on goal settings, business planning, and budgeting. There are books on management succession, strategic planning and disaster recovery and trade magazine articles with technology or economic forecasts.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:36pm

Dear Senator Mark Pryor:

Successive survey data and most political handicappers suggest that you would have a tougher time getting re-elected this coming November than you have ever had in your entire political career.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:08pm

Another academic year is underway, and we are one step closer to 2020. That is the predicted date when three-fourths of the jobs in Arkansas will require advanced skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics: the STEM disciplines.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:04pm

Comes now Kaitlin Stephens serving as a timely example to students returning to school: Do stuff. Do a lot of stuff. Do a lot of different stuff. Do a lot of different stuff AND keep your grades up.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 7:34pm

Most people can predict and foresee their future. Granted we can’t see specific things like the date of our death or what the Dow Jones average will be in on the last day of 2016. But we have written our own future and we don’t realize it.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 1:14pm

This notion that a majority of Fort Smithians are anti-progress and aren’t willing to pay the bill for socio-economic improvements is absurd and an unfortunate and ill-considered response among those frustrated by voter rejection of a library millage increase.

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:01pm

Two savvy state Senators from far flung Arkansas cities have come together with a really good idea.

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 11:10am

In my last posting I wrote about the constitutional power of Congress in the act of taking the nation to war.

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:51am

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