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REX NELSON: Missing the mark

By Rex Nelson

This article was published February 18, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

The Arkansas Legislature is back in town. You can break out the stale old jokes about hiding the women and children.

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DoubleBlind says... February 18, 2018 at 7:51 a.m.

Amen. The Ledge is stinking with knuckle dragging preachers and crooks like Hester, Rapert and too many others to name. They aren’t worth the burlap bags in which they should be drowned. I’d settle for them all to be sent packing in the next election.

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DoubleBlind says... February 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

There is an excellent article in The Guardian called ‘Under Trump, America's religious right is rewriting its code of ethics.’ I won’t cut/paste here. I do urge everyone, esp evangelitard legislators to read it. It will be like looking in the mirror for them.

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deitrablackwell says... February 18, 2018 at 11:51 a.m.

Thank you Rex! As a person who has several members of her family who have earned art degrees, I too am tired of people denigrating the arts as worthy of study. One member is a college associate professor in ceramics; another is the designer on the product development team at a Fortune 500 company. A third has just graduated with a BFA in Furniture Design, works for a local custom furniture company, and is on his way to graduate school in Art. You can see his first conference table in the Windgate Center for Art and Design. All three are graduates of the UA Little Rock Department of Art and Design. After a career in Music, full time and part time, I have opened my own jewelry business after taking metalsmithing and other art classes. There are myriad career opportunities for people with degrees in the arts.

May I also add that while Bart Hester belittles dance, he was perfectly happy to have his own college degree funded by a baseball scholarship, apparently subsidized by we hard working tax payers. Baseball is a much narrower professional field than the arts, and thus with Bart Hester’s logic, a far more frivolous endeavor.

Please continue to lift up professions associated with preparation provided by the arts.

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Wingers says... February 18, 2018 at 11:59 a.m.

Excellent opine Rex!! Unfortunately too many in the new Republican Party don’t really get it!! An educated citizenry is one that has empowered itself to succeed.

And we have way too many in the Ledge thinking that OUR MONEY is their money to freely hand out! Now that a few have been caught with the proverbial hand in the cookie jar maybe we can get back to some honesty in government.

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KnuckleBall says... February 18, 2018 at 3:44 p.m.

Good Article Rex, This little state has produced some very good companies over the last 60 years. Major players in the markets around the globe but to listen the people in the legislature we are spending to much money on education, our state restricts people from making a living from having to have a license to be a tradesman (plumbing, electrical and hvac) plumbing and electrical licenses require 4 years of an apprenticeship school. The current group wants to do away with those licenses and open our borders to people from other states that don't have the same requirements as the Great State of Arkansas. The legislature has been trying to do away with those programs for the last 5 years. If people don't speak up this time next year when they meet again, those tradesmen license may go away..!!!!

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RBear says... February 18, 2018 at 3:54 p.m.

Great column Rex and you hit at the issue we face in the state. There can be a balance of education, but our lawmakers have been opting against higher education funding. Our governor is advocating a tax cut of $180 million that could have gone to investment in education. I can tell you that as one who fits in that income bracket I would prefer the state keep that cut and invest it in future minds. The amount saved is minuscule in my budget, but the lack of talent in our state is monumental in business need.
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With regards to Hester, he is one of the deplorables of the Ledge because of the GIF grant. Giving to someone in his church so they can do retreats in Branson, MO? How is that investing in our state? Hester is one of those who has been a blemish on the advancement of our state, with his anti-LGBT legislation definitely putting the state in the negative with corporations. They want safe places for their employees and when legislation like that exists, their employees don't feel safety in their communities.

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Razrbak says... February 19, 2018 at 8:23 a.m.

Revitalization in downtown Little Rock and development of swanky digs for white folk will be an interesting factor in the LRBOD Ward 1 race.

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Boathouse says... February 19, 2018 at 4 p.m.

At one time in the not too distant past Arkansas was home to a state senator whose mantra when referring to females was “keep them home, barefoot and pregnant “....someone needs to check Hester’s DNA; he is bound to have come out from under the same rock!!

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