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OPINION : REX NELSON: Missing the mark

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

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

OPINION: REX NELSON: Taking out the trash

posted: 02/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 11

I'm in a bad mood by the time I reach the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newsroom in downtown Little Rock most mornings. It's not because of anything that has happened at home or work. It's because I drive Cantrell Road (which doubles as Arkansas 10) from west Little Rock. From the top of Cantrell Hill to the Episcopal Collegiate School, I must look out my window at the mounds of trash along the road.

OPINION: REX NELSON: To Stuttgart and back

posted: 02/14/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

I'm often asked for a one-day itinerary that will provide an overview of how Arkansas developed through the decades. That's almost impossible to accomplish in a single day. But if limited to one day, a trip from Little Rock to Stuttgart and back is as good as it gets. That route will allow you to combine educational stops with good eating, a requirement for all of my road trips.

OPINION : REX NELSON: Conway gets it

posted: 02/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

During the Christmas holidays, with our two sons home from college, my wife and I decided that the four of us would go out for a nice dinner. We live in far west Little Rock. Our destination: Downtown Conway.

OPINION : REX NELSON: Checking in with new owner of Hot Springs' historic Arlington Hotel

posted: 02/10/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

It was August when we last checked in with Al Rajabi. I had breakfast with Rajabi at the Sheraton Four Points on South University Avenue in Little Rock, a hotel he purchased in May 2014. Rajabi completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of the hotel. Shortly before our breakfast meeting, he bought the historic Arlington Hotel and immediately went into battle with the city of Hot Springs.

OPINION: REX NELSON: Hailing Slovak's heritage

posted: 02/07/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

They'll gather on the Grand Prairie of Arkansas this Sunday for the fourth annual Heritage Day at Slovak. Many of those in attendance will attend the 11 a.m. Mass at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. Mass will be followed by a potluck lunch. The parish hall will be filled with people who have brought photos and other memorabilia concerning one of Arkansas' most fascinating communities.

OPINION : REX NELSON: Quality of place

posted: 02/04/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

When speaking about the new approach to economic development, I sometimes use this line: "Ten years ago, I would have called you crazy if you had told me that craft breweries are an important part of the development puzzle. Now, I believe that to be true."

OPINION: REX NELSON: The sound of children

posted: 02/03/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

I'm having lunch at Little Rock's Lost Forty Brewing with John Bacon, the chief executive officer of eStem Public Charter Schools. EStem has been in the news lately because of growing pains at its new high school on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. But it's not the high school that's on my mind this day. I'm instead thinking about the almost 112,000-square-foot warehouse a few blocks from Lost Forty that eStem is transforming into a second campus for students from kindergarten through the ninth grade. That school eventually will serve 1,300 students.

OPINION: REX NELSON: Creating East Village

posted: 01/31/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

For years, I've had a routine that I consider my guilty workday pleasure. I attend a noon lecture at the Clinton School of Public Service in downtown Little Rock. When the lecture ends at 1 p.m., I get in my car and navigate through the aging industrial district on the east side of the city for a late lunch at Sandy's Homeplace Cafe on East 15th Street. There might be fried chicken livers, chicken fried steak or chicken pot pie on the buffet. The vegetables often include okra, peas, cabbage and rice. There's both brown and white gravy.

OPINION: REX NELSON: A conservation ethos

posted: 01/28/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 12

There are few predictions that can be made with confidence these days when it comes to national politics. In Arkansas, though, it's safe to assume that Republican control of state government will continue for a long time. The surprise in this state wasn't that the shift from Democratic to GOP control happened. It was how quickly it occurred.






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