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Shouting again fills Little Rock schools meeting

Some demands call for "expanding birth-to-kindergarten programs; and adding to the number of school-based health clinics in the district." That's a huge part of the problem. These services, "wrap-around services" is the buzzword, have nothing to do with core mission of teaching, yet are becoming more and more common (and costly for the school districts) because other key building blocks of a functioning society like families, neighborhoods and churches have broken down. So either we completely rethink and restructure our public school system to fulfill all those roles, which would require a great deal more money and government oversight, or we start holding individuals much more accountable for their actions. However, the latter is contrary to the current trend of assigning blame to society/"empire" at large. PopMom has outlined some good common-sense possibilities, but I fear they won't find much resonance in our current victimhood culture.

August 28, 2019 at 9:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

EDITORIAL: It's not about health care

Bravo, 23Cal. Nice refutal of the erroneous statements of the editorial.

August 23, 2019 at 10:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Little Rock explores raising trash fees

This is collected as part of the UBS bill, right? The water company just started charging about $2/month for generating a customer bill in the first place, so really, our rates have already increased. Different vendor, but part of the overall arrangement.
We'd all, including our Earth, be better off if we could reduce our trash and hence, our rates. We're encouraged to waste simply by the size of our trashcans and the weekly pickup. I compost and recycle a lot, so there are maybe 4 little plastic bags in my trashcan each week. A forward-thinking leader would stimulate a discussion of how we can change our throw-away mindset.

August 15, 2019 at 10:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

SEARCH BY SCHOOL: More than 5,000 students in Little Rock School District chronically absent for year

Aren't the high schools with the highest rates of absenteeism the same ones recently identified with the highest rates of student arrests?

August 12, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Queries focus on Arkansas gardener's deal: Tourism chief defends axing of bigger contract for celebrity

Engagements on Social Media don't necessarily translate into visitors, orders from Arkansas merchants, booking of conventions and other real-life activities that generate revenue. Anybody can click a "like" button, but only few will actually make a trip here. Yes, Social Media can heighten interest, but it's still a long between noticing a post and "doing" something that actually benefits Arkansas and its residents. Let's not get too excited about the numbers of followers and likes.

July 25, 2019 at 9:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Henderson State trustees accept president's resignation, appoint acting replacement

With such sweet exit deals, i.e, one-year, paid sabbatical, return to work and president salary for a business professorship, it's no wonder the top had no incentive to exercise financial prudence and responsible stewardship. It's a shame that this non-payment of tuition could get so out of hand. At my alma mater, deadbeat students were dropped from classes at the end of second or third week.

July 19, 2019 at 12:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

$15 minimum wage passes in House

The higher minimum wage could make it all the harder for unskilled workers to find employment as they will face competition from higher skilled job seekers.

July 19, 2019 at 11:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

REX NELSON: A chef reminisces

"It was the favorite spot for my wife and I to dine out before we had children."

Not "I." "Me." The sentence requires the objective pronoun.

July 10, 2019 at 12:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dems want Acosta to quit for role in financier's sex plea

Tim Griffin brought Acosta to Little Rock recently to serve on a panel discussion about workforce development.

July 9, 2019 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Test data dash Little Rock district's hopes

The ASPIRE chart shows that NLR is not performing any better. Another state take-over in the works?

July 8, 2019 at 1:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )