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Oust Key, give back Little Rock School District, panel says April 29, 2016 at 9:08 a.m.

This situation is getting like a bad soap opera. I pose these questions....where have these "concerned citizens" been for the last 20+ years as the LRSD was dying a slow death? Weren't some of this same group critical of Baker Kurras as being a non-educator when he was appointed superintendent? Wasn't Shane Broadway the dems darling originally selected to head the Ed Dept.? Was he the same non-qualified person as Key?
Is the city of Little Rock any better managed with both a mayor and city manager? Or have they just added more to the cost of government?
School districts don't suddenly turn to crap overnight. And they don't get fixed overnight either. Stop the pissing and moaning, and try to do something positive other than criticize and complain.

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Poore says 'entry plan' in works for Little Rock district April 24, 2016 at 11:24 a.m.

"Closing public schools and opening private ones". Is that the conspiracy? The last time I peddled a resume the big-business cronies wanted to see my education background and results. Has that changed? Businesses in central Arkansas need an educated work force. New businesses planning to locate here need the same. You can't provide that without a public education system that works. Private schools are not affordable to the masses, and Charters don't have the infrastructure to handle the load.
What all citizens of this city should want is a professionally run, economically administered, politically insensitive school system where the focus is on the children. There is much room for improvement. If you believe the teacher's union is part of the conspiracy, then they had better get their act together because they have contributed to this problem for for years and years and years with the help of those 95% who vote Democrat. Look where it got the LRSD. Only now do we have a Republican administration trying to fix a 20 plus year old problem. Baker K. was demonized as a white, businessman when he was appointed.

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What just happened? April 21, 2016 at 5:36 p.m.

Thanks POP. It rare you agree with me. Kurrus is too smart to ever get involved in politics by seeking office. And that is the supreme compliment I can give him.

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New $20s to bear Tubman's face April 21, 2016 at 9:14 a.m.

What's next? Caitlyn Jenner on the front of the newly redesigned 2 dollar bill...and his family of 2 dollar women on the back? Joking aside, as to the 20's, MLK would have been a better choice.

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What just happened? April 21, 2016 at 7:27 a.m.

For twenty years or possibly even more the so-called city leaders have ignored the problems facing the LRSD. The city focus was on the river market, Clinton Library, River Rail and artsy-fartsy projects in the downtown corridor.
One city director recently questioned why they supported a $22 million tech park when the LRSD was in flames. I guess because it was another gift for the real estate developers who seem to rule. Another city director asked if the LR Board could take over management of the LRSD.
Meanwhile, parents who really cared about their children but couldn't afford five-figure private school tuition were handed alternative..Charter schools. They welcomed them as an alternative to moving out of the metro area.
Parents made Charter schools their choice. And 6,000 more are waiting. There has to be a reason. Was it that they are so much better, or was the LRSD just so much worse? Kurrus was on the right path to addressing this, but his support was too little too late.
The city visionaries have been too busy trying to save the downtown area from the I-30 corridor expansion.

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Seeds for peaking purses set long ago April 15, 2016 at 10:48 a.m.

Horsemen are benefiting from increased purses thanks to casino style slot machines. Games of skill is a farce. These are simply slot machines. Oaklawn has been successful in convincing the naive and ignorant that skill is involved. What have the horseplayers got in all this? A better class of horses at certain times during the 50+ days. Still pay for parking, programs and the boxes and seats that are vacant except on a few days of the week. Oaklawn takes credit for "free admission" when state lobbying laws gave that to us. I don't blame the Arkansas Dem-Gaz for playing along with this facade. Oaklawn does spend many $$$ advertising. I continue to go there and am thankful that I don't have to drive through Memphis on the way to Tunica anymore. Let's add a few casinos to Hot Springs and complete the 15 year project.

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Asbestos discovery tacks on $210,000 to tech park's costs April 14, 2016 at 9:55 a.m.

Another wasted $210,000 in real estate. There is a near vacant building downtown
with a beautiful setting that should have been the home for this tech park. But, that solution didn't put any money in the hands of the developers.....and they supported this sales tax increase and expected to be rewarded......$22,000,000 is a handsome amount.

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The responsible vote April 13, 2016 at 6:11 p.m.

Jake - How would you define this statement in response to a request for money by some individual, "I'm going to HELP you today, but I'm not going to SUPPORT your ass forever". I guess it depended on how you want to use the words. Liberals see them as synonyms. I don't. I didn't bring Jesus into this discussion, only responded in mock fashion to it. And to another posting, Medicaid expansion IS welfare for those you receive it. Can I get an amen?

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The responsible vote April 13, 2016 at 9:53 a.m.

Jesus was a conservative Republican. He preached HELP for those in need. But help was not meant to be SUPPORT as we have let it become today. Yes, we should fund this new version of the private option. And we should continue to find additional ways to ween the welfare crowd off this "cancer" that has made them second class citizens.

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BRUMMETT ONLINE: Odds in an odd year April 13, 2016 at 9:35 a.m.

Timber - I'm stocking up on good Bourbon, red wine and maybe even some "medical weed" if my Colorado friends come through.

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