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A judge rules : Good news for us?

posted: 01/27/2015 3:08 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge in Washington state ruled earlier this month on a case that likely sets a national precedent for preserving the cleanliness of our own state's natural waters and streams such as our treasured Buffalo National River.

Keep data open: An unnecessary bill

posted: 01/25/2015 2:03 a.m. Comment 1

Rep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville, may have good intentions in wanting to exempt academic research data as it's being gathered by state universities from provisions of the state's Freedom of Information Act.

An interesting plan

posted: 01/24/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Every so often I meet those with innovative ideas generated in the public interest that not only seem likely to work but save a ton of our tax money in the process.

The life we live : Quality or quantity?

posted: 01/20/2015 2:58 a.m. Comments 5

Visiting with a friend over breakfast the other day, the subject of quality versus quantity of life came up over eggs and crispy bacon.

Tenacious turmoil

posted: 01/18/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

All the smoke endlessly billowing from the conflicted community of Tontitown appears to have erupted into flame with the announcement of a state police investigation into activities of the newly elected Mayor Paul Colvin and a city councilman.

The Gearhart legacy

posted: 01/17/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Capable, caring leaders, the ones who actually listen to others and make decisions in the overall best interest, are increasingly difficult to find in our increasingly conflicted society.

Hugs, applause and a tuba : Victory celebration

posted: 01/13/2015 3:09 a.m. Comment 1

There were plenty of back slaps, lots of applause for a job well done, and who knows how many hugs as hundreds of happy folks celebrated their surprising victory at the Inn of the Ozarks following their 21-month battle with Southwest Electric Power Company.

Question of legacy

posted: 01/11/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

I was privileged last week to speak to a room of welcoming members of the Bella Vista Kiwanis Club at their breakfast session that began even before the sun peeked above the hills surrounding the Concordia subdivision.

Goff deserves clemency

posted: 01/10/2015 2:09 a.m. Comment 1

Now that Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson stands poised to take his oath of office in a couple of days, I'm using today's space to appeal yet again for him to review the travesty of a conviction in Carroll County nearly 20 years ago.

Farewell to the poet : Godspeed, Miller

posted: 01/06/2015 3:08 a.m. Discuss

It saddened me deeply to learn Friday that a man and friend I've greatly admired and cared about for 20 years had departed this strange world we are told began, so appropriately in his case, with "The Word."

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