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Subscriber onlyModerately Republican long before hard-right Republicanism rose to power in Arkansas, the Impact Management Group of Little Rock is a prominent political consulting firm that walks a delicate balance. Continue reading...

Comptroller Appeal Looks Unreasonable

Subscriber onlyTrust is a crucial factor in the employer-employee relationship. That's true in the private sector and even more so in the public sector, where employees are entrusted with money taken from residents and companies through the power of taxation. Continue reading...

Between The Lines: Lottery Shifts Plan In Search Of Money

Subscriber onlyLottery-related news broke on two fronts last week. Both involve money, or rather the lack of it, from the games that fund college scholarships. Continue reading...

Alcohol Gets Rough Ride In Lowell

Subscriber onlyAre alcohol sales at public festivals and events harmless acceptance of relaxed, modern social mores or do they represent acquiescence to harmful behavior just because everyone else is doing it? Continue reading...

Commentary: Judge's Actions Hurts Impartiality of Judiciary

Subscriber onlyThe controversy surrounding Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio has raised an important question about judicial independence as Arkansas nears the May 20 party primaries and judicial elections. Continue reading...

Back on the line

Subscriber onlyDr. Merlin Augustine, founder of the M&N Augustine Foundation, was beaming Saturday as he mingled in crowds that came and went from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cavernous activities hall at Fayetteville’s Central United Methodist Church. Continue reading...

Self-Sustaining Should Be Goal

Subscriber onlyI received the ballot for the assessment increase and director candidates in Bella Vista. I feel the assessment increase is a joke. One of the reasons listed is it will attract new residents. Do you believe that? Continue reading...

Commentary: Getting To Know Tom Cotton

Subscriber onlyYes, Northwest Arkansas, there really is a Tom Cotton, and he's not just that evil looking guy in the TV commercials. Continue reading...

Early Meeting Time Strains Participation

Subscriber onlyOne of the biggest obstacles, other than apathy, to local political participation is time. Many residents lead busy lives. Continue reading...

Public Viewpoint: Bad Apples In Bella Vista Spoil The Bunch

Subscriber onlyThe old adage is one bad apple can spoil the whole batch. Well, we now have two in our midst. Our problem in Bella Vista is we can’t remove these bad apples from the batch. Continue reading...

Commission To Arkansans: Feed Me!

Subscriber onlyAddiction can be a horrible thing. Once one gets used to a certain level of whatever the addictive substance is, the appetite becomes insatiable. Like Audrey II in "Little Shop of Horrors," the addiction demands "feed me!" Continue reading...

NWA Elections Aren't Simple Any More

Being Right on Babies and Guns is No Longer Enough

Subscriber onlySuddenly our politics matter. How much things here at home will change due to this new-found importance just dawned on me. Continue reading...

Commentary: Cities Cannot Live On Growth Alone

Subscriber onlySeveral years ago, an extremely successful local developer made an offer to the Fayetteville City Council he figured they couldn't refuse. Four hundred trees, he announced, would be his gift to the city. I no longer remember exactly why he proffered what he considered a generous enticement, except that it had to do with tree issues in developments, where wooded areas were being leveled in order to plant subdivisions and apartments. Continue reading...

Commentary: High School Graduation, Changed Lives Just Weeks Away

Subscriber onlyIt doesn't seem possible, but it went by even faster this time. Continue reading...

Growth Doesn’t Equal Diversity

Subscriber onlyThe quote expresses a universal sentiment: Continue reading...

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