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Teachers, principals gear up for new evaluation systems July 31, 2014 at 7:02 a.m.

This Arkansas Department of Education is trying to implement systems used by better school districts across the country. Of course, the teachers need to be evaluated. Keep up the good work.

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Asa's taxing situation July 31, 2014 at 6:57 a.m.

We live in a world of too many forms and too much bureaucracy. The man made a MINOR mistake as do we all from time to time. Many lawyers and judges have paid their bar dues late. It is quite natural that one would simply pay the county assessors bill without even thinking that it contained a deduction for a homestead exemption and without thinking that the law provides you may only have one of them even though you reside in two places. I expect that Asa pays more than 6 figures in taxes a year. Give him a break. You are too much the Mike Ross cheerleader. I don't know why you like him so much.

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Superior Industries to shutter Rogers plant, cut 500 jobs July 31, 2014 at 6:40 a.m.

HSL,

NAFTA was just the beginning in a long series of trade agreements and relaxation of any standards for US imports from foreign countries. I think we get our Chinese products via China's membership in the WTO from 2001. The point is that the American worker who works for at least minimum wage and in OSHA protected work conditions cannot produce products as cheaply as someone working in a garment factory for a dollar a day. We've given away many of our unskilled jobs, and our education system has not produced enough skilled workers. Liz Warren from MA may be running for President against Hillary. Warren is much too liberal for me, but I do think that our trade agreements should do a better job of protecting the American worker. Our economy works if you are well educated or live in a wealthy area, but we have pockets of poverty across America where the schools are bad and job opportunities are few.

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Superior Industries to shutter Rogers plant, cut 500 jobs July 30, 2014 at 7:51 p.m.

Y'all need a history lesson. The Republicans, including GHW Bush, signed an agreement in principle for NAFTA. NAFTA, CAFTA, and other similar agreements were designed with the thought to end the American protectionist legislation which ensured that our minimum wage, child labor, and OSHA law protected products would not have to suffer from unfair competition with other countries where children can slave away in unsafe conditions. The Democrat candidate for president in 1992, Jerry Brown, opposed these agreements as being unfair to the American worker. Ross Perot ran as an independent against these agreements as being unfair to the American worker. Clinton favored these agreements and received widespread support from big money. Nobody cared too much because in the early 90s, we did pretty well because we were not in wars and the technology explosion helped the economy. However, these agreements took away many of our unskilled jobs. Clinton signed these into law with Republican support. The Republicans and Clinton are responsible for these laws. (Carville once said that Hillary told Bill that these were a bad idea.) The future of prosperity depends on a more educated workforce and higher skill jobs. If our schools produce enough high functioning techies and skilled people, we do not have to worry about competition from poorer areas. However, Arkansas is a poor state with a large percentage of poorly educated, unskilled people. Arkansas was hurt badly by NAFTA and CAFTA etc. The poor whites in Arkansas now seem vulnerable to blaming all their troubles on a black president. History of the last 20 years in a nutshell....

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Revised data: U.S. grew faster in 2nd half of 2013 July 30, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

All I know is that I see "Help Wanted" signs on the East Coast. My husband is doing lots of sales and purchases of businesses--which is his bread and butter during a strong economy. The neighbors are all remodeling their houses, buying new cars, and going on nice vacations. Times are looking good to me. The poor parts of Arkansas have been poor since the Civil War. They will remain poor until the level of education improves.

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Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel July 30, 2014 at 3:50 p.m.

Packman,

In 2012 those voters with postgraduate work voted for 55% for Obama and 42% for Romney. There are intelligent Republicans. Asa is not too shabby. Your darling Sarah is just not one of them.

Pat,

This is a discussion forum. We simply are pointing out that the Republican, Sarah Palin, is not a positive presence in the Republican Party. Karl Rove has said the same thing.

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Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel July 30, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Yes. I agree. I don't think Sarah Palin is a whore. She is not very bright, but she is not a whore.

Pat,

I am just making an observation. I admire many hardworking, poorly educated people, but then they don't go around pretending to know something about constitutional law. Obama has not committed any high crimes or misdemeanors. While people could argue that Billy boy's lying under oath was worthy of impeachment, there really is no basis for impeaching Obama. Palin is trying to promote the impeachment of the president of the United States because she disagrees with him politically.

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Hutchinson to pay homestead penalty tab July 30, 2014 at 11:04 a.m.

I don't think a $150 a year mistake on property taxes constitutes a big deal. Remember the Assessors office sends the amounts owed out assuming that there is a homestead exemption. Somebody probably just paid the amounts due without thinking. Now, Ross, on the other hand, knew what he was doing when he sold his rinky dink pharmacy for between a million and a million and a half. Oh yes, and he votes with the new owners and receives campaign contributions from them.

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U.S. economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring July 30, 2014 at 10:56 a.m.

Thank God that Obama restored stability in the markets and consumer confidence.

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Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel July 30, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.

Nwar,

Agreed. The impeachment talk is just crazy, and it makes the Republicans look bad. This is not what the Republicans need before the midterms. Even Karl Rove said this the other night on Fox. Palin is an embarrassment, but she is popular among the poorly educated and anti-Obama crazies.

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