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Steve Brawner: More gets done with fresh governor

Being governor is not a job where practice makes perfect. In fact, in many ways, a governor is at his or her best as a beginner.

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Saturday 02/28/2015
From the editor: Just takes a little to help out a lot

"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Friday 02/27/2015
Rep. Jeremy Gillam: Legislation brings new college opportunities

Census data shows that 22.4 percent of Arkansans over the age of 25 have taken college level courses but have not finished their degrees. That is just over the national average of 21.2 percent.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Steve Brawner: Cursive didn’t need state mandate

This is the part of the legislative session where I look forward to lawmakers going home, because they do not always listen to me.

Tuesday 02/24/2015
Roy Ockert: Road bill threatens governor’s budget plans

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s carefully crafted budget for fiscal 2016 is already in some difficulty. That’s hardly unexpected since it was built largely on stilts.

Saturday 02/21/2015
From the editor: Caution slips by when ice on road

" ... Keep sound wisdom and discretion ... then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble."

Friday 02/20/2015
Dorothy Warden: Washington, Lincoln led nation to what it is

When I was in Miss Crook's second grade we would take pictures of George and Abe, lay them on the big windows and trace their profiles.

Wednesday 02/18/2015
Steve Brawner: Captain Legislature’s rescue needless

Arkansas is now a Republican state, and there is a strain in Republicanism (and in the Democratic Party, and in human nature in general) that seeks to assert power. It has already happened once in a big way this legislative session. Legislators should resist the temptation to do it again.

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Roy Ockert: Conservatives like ‘big brother’ legislation too

Conservative politicians get themselves elected by preaching limited government, local control and individual freedom, but when they get a chance to govern, they often forget their principles and start passing laws that would, in theory, make liberals proud.

Monday 02/16/2015
Steve Brawner: Gitmo not place where terrorists should rot

“In my opinion the only problem with Guantanamo Bay is there are too many empty beds and cells there right now. We should be sending more terrorists there for further interrogation to keep this country safe. As far as I’m concerned every last one of them can rot in hell, but as long as they don’t do that then they can rot in Guantanamo Bay.”

Saturday 02/14/2015
From the editor: Ill wind blowing for power line project

"And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, 'Peace! Be still!' And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

Friday 02/13/2015
Jeremy Gillam: Proposed amendments to be heard

Our state constitution was written in 1874.

Wednesday 02/11/2015
Governor should enjoy this while it lasts

We are witnessing the smoothest legislative session in recent memory, thanks to its placement on history’s timeline and the political skills of the state’s leadership, particularly Gov. Asa Hutchinson. He should enjoy this while it lasts.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
Letter to the Editor: Paxton family grateful for care, prayers

Dear Editor,

Monday 02/09/2015
Steve Brawner: Welcome to Greenbrier High U

Faulkner County is the home of three degree-granting educational institutions — the University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College, and Central Baptist College. Soon there will be a fourth — Greenbrier High School.

Saturday 02/07/2015
From the editor:No going back, only forward from here

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

Friday 02/06/2015
Dorothy Warden: Music won't stop even though club has

In the fall of 1913, Mrs. E.E. Candor, Mrs. E.H. Wright, Kate Lightle, Amanda Dye, Mrs. Emmett Snipes, Mrs. P.A. Robertson, Mrs. E.B. Tucker and Mrs. E.A Robbins began a tradition of music.

Thursday 02/05/2015
Letter to the Editor: Indoor pool can be drained

Dear Editor,

Tuesday 02/03/2015
Roy Ockert: Committee should reject executive sessions bill

From what originally appeared to be an honorable attempt to improve the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, state Rep. Nate Bell, R-Mena, is now pushing a bill that would strike at the very foundation of the state’s model access law.

Monday 02/02/2015
Steve Brawner: Medicare shift would be good for budget

If you’re a person who reads this newspaper section or clicks on this column online, you’re probably aware of the national debt and maybe a little concerned, but you’re not crazy about reading 700 words about it.

Saturday 01/31/2015
From the editor: Lack of online sales tax no fund for budget

“For the Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,’ and, ‘The laborer deserves his wages.’”

Friday 01/30/2015
Dorothy Warden: School lunches improved from past

In 1941, the food processing for public school students was transformed.

Jeremy Gillam: House brings tax relief to Arkansas

I am pleased to report that just three weeks into the session, the House has accomplished our goal to bring Arkansans the tax relief they deserve.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Steve Brawner: Hutchinson tackles health care issue accurately

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s health care reform speech last Thursday was what the State of the Union address ought to be but rarely is — an accurate definition of a problem respecting both sides, followed by a solution that actually has a chance of being enacted.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
Roy Ockert: Free college investment, not giveaway

President Barack Obama proposed in his State of the Union address last week that two years of community college be free for responsible students across America. The kneejerk reaction of some, predictable with anything this president advocates, is that Obama wants yet another giveaway program.

Friday 01/23/2015
From the editor: Crossing line between rules, rights

"Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people."

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