Every media personality I’ve heard talking about the Oct. 5 presidential debate – from MSNBC to Fox News, from the traditional networks to PBS, and even including statewide bloggers – seem sure that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won, and President Barack Obama lost.
Kindly allow me, City Council member and Democratic Candidate Adella Gray, to accept my invitation to respond to a well-written guest commentary from my opponent, Republican Representative Charlie Collins of Fayetteville.
American higher education is at a crossroads. Federal and state funding cuts, rising student loan debt, an increased demand for graduates and competition from for-profit online institutions are challenging the centuries-old model of public higher education in our country.
The opportunity to identify oneself as brilliant or boneheaded via free speech is a beautiful thing – maybe the best of things our American democracy bequeathed to us, its ideological progeny, more than two centuries ago.
This past Friday morning I turned on the television in time to see a discussion between CNBC’s Squawk Box hosts and Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter and the school’s dean, Nitin Nohria. These gentlemen are smart, reasonable people.
The thing that pisses me off more and more with each election cycle is not the BS we hear from politicians or political groups, it’s the folks who allow the politicians and political groups to sway their vote.
On a recent Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C., President Barack Obama told an adoring Democratic National Convention that the nation’s problems can be solved with “common effort, shared responsibility,” and “bold, persistent experimentation.”
Just when you thought you could forget about the fiscal cliff and focus on the Republican and Democratic conventions instead, along comes the Congressional Budget Office to remind us of the impending threat.
Words and phrases such as “medical marijuana,” “legal” and “the state of Arkansas” lack a history of spending much time together. After all, most people in these parts have for years and years strongly believed in fighting the spread of illegal narcotics at every turn.
Let’s travel once more into the most dangerous ground in today’s political environment, which would be the damn-near abandoned beautiful valley of calm in which compromise, moderation and careful deliberation focused on long-term results and solutions was previously practiced.