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To get more, pay more

"A living wage is a first step. At $7.25 an hour, many employees may not be motivated to give it their all. After all, what’s in it for them?"

My dad raised me to give a full days labor for a full days pay regardless of the wage. While I did start at the bottom, I did not stay there long because of my fathers teachings! If only we could bring back an ethical America

May 3, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

PB leaders unite against violence after Thanksgiving slaying

I'm happy this group is attempting to do something about the increases in violent crime and I suggest they need look no further than today's paper for the answers. "I lost my baby's daddy...for no reason at all" coupled with a broken (catch and release) criminal justice system are the root causes for the increases.

December 23, 2013 at 6:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prosecutors urge change in parole system

Sounds like the catch and release policies of the last 30 years are catching up with us. Repeat violent offenders such as this should, without delay, meet the executioner.

December 23, 2013 at 5:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

COMMENTARY After the apocalyse

I'm a conservative and I agree that health care reform is needed but based on the costs, I don't see the "Affordable Care Act" as a viable solution. I am 47 and earn just enough to not receive any subidies though I am far from "well off".

According to the health care exchanges website, my wife and I could get the basic silver plan offered by Ambetter of Arkansas for $752/month which does not sound unreasonable until you look at the plan. Keep in mind, this does not include dental or vision.

$4000 deductable
$40 copay after meeting deductable
Generic drugs $20
Preferred name brand drugs $50
Non preferred $100
Specialty drugs $250 after deductable
Emergency room visit $250 after deductable
Hospital stay $1000/day after deductable
Maximum out of pocket expense $12,700/ year.

With yearly premiums of $9024 and with closely managing doctors visits, I could see this plan costing my wife and I at least $12,000 each year. Somehow I do not see this as being affordable. Fortunately my employer provides a better plan and I pray that they do not go the way of other entities and force employees onto the exchange. I plan to retire in 7 years and begin a second career and can only hope that I will have employee provided coverage there because it will be difficult to survive these "affordable" rates.

October 2, 2013 at 1:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Conversation worth having

John please do not refer to Zimmerman as a "security cop". He is and was but a private citizen acting as a member of a community crime watch with no police powers or even those of a security guard. I can only image why you chose to refer to him as such. Fan the flames John, fan the flames.

July 23, 2013 at 11:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The fallacy of redistribution

Populist there are racists in every city with every state. There are white racist, black racists and racists of every other ethnicity. Had the Herman Cain campaign not erupted in scandal he would very likely be the republican candidate today... so come on now.

October 14, 2012 at 1:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The fallacy of redistribution

Populist your cries of racism are ludicrous and your continual references to Arkansans as Bubbas is insulting, shallow and ignorant. Some of the best democrats or politicians in general hailed from this state. If your man loses it will be due to his failed policies rather than the color of his skin. Just because someone differs with you in the direction they wish the nation to take does not merit your insults. Its the same old liberal mantra- when all else fails- employ slander, cry racism, utter lies and hope something sticks.

October 14, 2012 at 12:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The fallacy of redistribution

By your comments I take it that none or very few of the children in children's classes suffer from the maladies mentioned in my previous comment. So perhaps I was correct about the home environment being just as or perhaps more important than the academic environment which lends itself to the fallacy of redistribution. Each of the students you mentioned have at least one parent that is working and that are not solely dependent upon redistribution for their survival. You also mentioned that many of the best students live in apartments or townhouses and while they may not be as nice as mansions on the hill, they are certainly a far cry from being housing projects or section 8 houses in ghetto's. You cannot compare those types of children to the ones that I speak of- they live completely different lives.

October 13, 2012 at 8:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The fallacy of redistribution

You are correct in that education is the key to ending poverty but improvements to primary and secondary education can only achieve so much. The true problem with our educational system are the homes from which the students come- not the schools. For the most part children who are raised in homes where education or even the child is not a priority will seldom achieve academic or other types of successes particulary when the parent is financially rewarded for the childs poor performance, a.k.a. SSI. Children learn how to live from the examples set by their parents- not their teachers. Schools are to provide for the academic education of a child while the childs home provides for their moral education. Teen pregnancy is a moral issue as even well educated but immoral teens become pregnant.

I am happy that your children are doing well and are able to attend what I assume are nice schools within the public school system but I cannot help but wonder why the schools are so nice. What percentage of your childrens peers receive free or reduced lunches? How many come from single parent families or have parents who have been murdered or are in prison? I would really like to know your best estimate to these questions. Could it be that your childrens classes are better because their peers have better home lives?

October 13, 2012 at 11:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The fallacy of redistribution

Aw Inquire, the liberal mantra at work. When all else fails lets spread rumors and lies in hopes of convincing everyone of a scandal. Misinformation and out right lies seem to be all that liberals can believe in.

October 7, 2012 at 5:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )