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Groups ask state high court to strike voter-ID law September 1, 2014 at 3:52 p.m.

The system wasn't broke until the Voted ID law crap was enacted and the law itself is the problem, not voter fraud.

It's interesting how purposefully ignorant folks keep themselves when faced with the fact that Republican legislators bamboozled the public about voter fraud. They went Boo and all the chicken littles ran around screeching that the sky was gonna fall if we didn't have voter ids.
You'd have a better chance of finding an image of Jeezus on Miley Cyrus's panties than you would discovering a voter fraud infraction at your local voting precinct. Come to think of it, that's what most of these idgits must've been sniffing when they got so het up about passing this crummy law.

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Letter-grading plan for schools will go on view August 30, 2014 at 9:25 a.m.

Why are private schools not included?
Why one letter grade overall which is oversimplifying a complex set of measurements?
If people are against Common Core, wouldn't they also be against testing for results on a similar basis?
Since a reporting system is already in effect, isn't this re-inventing the wheel and being overly bureaucratic?
Education has long been plagued by such gimmicks dreamed up by overheated legislators. Funny -- that this idea comes from a group of politicians that most folks give an F grade to on a consistent basis.

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2 dead in shootings in Alexander, police say August 23, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

"fatality shot" is a new one -- did spell check run amuck or did the writer confuse his nouns and adverbs? Will nurses now check your vitalities or your vitals??

It's vitality important!!

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Foes explore ways to block anti-bias law August 22, 2014 at 5:46 a.m.

Gotta make the world safe for bigots.

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It's taken long enough July 17, 2014 at 7:28 a.m.

This editorial uses a restaurant analogy which can also apply to a category of schools: alternative learning schools. This is where at-risk, disruptive students are sent when they become too difficult to handle in the traditional school setting. In other words, they are serious behavior problems.
So, imagine that restaurant scenario again which the editorial writer dreamed up. But, this time the customers are unruly, rude, and don't particularly want to be there anyway. Should you blame the restaurant under these circumstances??
Unfortunately, this is the mindset of those who wish people to omit facts from educational reform discussions and would rather pontificate from their ivory thrones away from reality.
Fort Smith Superintendent Benny Gooden, who gave a 25-minute speech to the board in defense of Belle Point Alternative Center in Fort Smith, said Belle Point is “a place of last resort” for high school students who are not succeeding in a traditional learning environment. Behavioral issues, troubles with the law, substance-abuse problems, pregnancy, poverty and homelessness are common among the students the center serves, he said.

The goal is to return each student to a traditional school if he or she begins achieving, so by its very nature Belle Point cannot maintain the level of academic success expected of traditional schools, Gooden said.

“The assumptions and rubric you’re using may be appropriate for some schools, but it’s not appropriate for our school,” he said.

Several board members said they agreed that alternative schools should be evaluated differently, as did newly appointed state Education Commissioner Tony Wood.

“I think success for these kids has a different definition,” Wood said.

But according to the editorial writer: One size fits all.

Must be true because the editorial writer who has not been out there to see what's really going on in these places has decided it must be so.

Accountability without sensibility is not accountability.

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Miss misquoted July 16, 2014 at 5:33 p.m.

Must point out that Greenberg has been guilty on several occasions of using strawmen arguments which is definitely a case of putting words into the mouths of their opponents. Sometimes he has folks talk like gangsters to make sure we understand that they're really bad guys who disagree with him.
And who can forget how much he fell over himself trying to backtrack about supporting civil unions and I recall that the quotes credited to him were verbatim.
No...Greenberg is far from innocent when it comes to how he portrays those he's writing against.

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Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage July 16, 2014 at 2:38 p.m.

The lying liars are first to get a word in.

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Miss misquoted July 16, 2014 at 7:32 a.m.

"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."

Bill Cosby

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Letters July 15, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.

Joe W. - to the untrained eye and mind, many things are boring.
Actually dry paint can be very interesting -- go to Crystal Bridges or the Arkansas Art Center and see what I mean. It's amazing what you can see when you know some things to look for and have a little knowledge of art history.

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Democrats do dumb July 14, 2014 at 5:23 p.m.

New headline: Gitz Goes Gaga

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