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I know this week is Christmas, and you’d expect a message about loving one another and putting Christ first this holiday. But, I think I’ve harped on that subject for quite enough. It’s the people in...
My daughters kept themselves occupied for the nearly three-hour drive from our Rogers home to Petit Jean State Park for our annual summer vacation. There were some summers where they became restless...
Education, and some of its various “supplemental” issues, proved to be interesting, if not disheartening, subject matter for most of this week at the Capitol. On Monday and Tuesday, the joint...
“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” goes the French proverb credited to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” It’s not that a society or...
February is American Heart Month, so it’s an appropriate time to think about our kids’ heart health.  Many parents experience anxiety around the more serious childhood illnesses that could affect...
It’s official! I’m a parent of two middle school students. Cameron finished up his time at Monticello Intermediate School this week as Jordan prepares to enter the eighth grade next year. Friday,...
Any state’s parole system must establish a difficult balance. You want to give those who have served their time a second chance to be productive citizens. By the same token, you want to keep the...
Well it’s been three weeks since I left my boys in Alabama with their grandparents. While I have enjoyed the quiet, I am ready for them to come home. Jimmy and I will go get them this weekend so they...
Greetings! What a fun week I’ve had—most of it. My week began with an informational meeting to discuss a study of the broadband delivery system to Arkansas’ public schools (K-12). The idea is usage...
As you may, or may not, have heard last Wednesday Governor Beebe called a Special Session of the Arkansas Legislature to “fix” the problem surrounding the Public School Employees insurance’s...
Greetings! As stated earlier, this week we’ll look at the present situation with scholarships and the state lottery scholarship in particular. Declining lottery revenue and an increase in students...
The Cub Scout Pack 69 celebrated the organization’s birthday Monday night with its annual Blue and Gold Banquet. The event showed the parents what the boys have been working on all year as well as...
Coming up with a column topic every week can be tough, and I’m always relieved when something funny, stupid or ironic happens to me because it means that I’ll have something to write about. I also...
It was a big weekend for journalism-related  news, as well as journalism-related “news.” On Saturday, Helen Thomas passed away at the age of 92. She was informally known as the “Dean of the White...
This has been a truly interesting week filled with joy and headache and heartache, but that’s life, isn’t it? I’ll start with some good news and potential joyous news. Not only has Monticello...
Few feelings in the world are worse than that first sign that you’re about to get sick. It may take the form of a tickle at the back of your throat, or you might suddenly notice you are flushed, or...
I’m not a sports person, by any stretch of the imagination, but I find myself strangely drawn to the Olympics. Not the summer ones, just the winter. For some reason, I can’t get worked up about...
Most of the legislators and staff have been a twitter this week with final preparations for the 68th Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference held July 26-30, in Little Rock. Each year...
Throughout my time as Governor, we have seen many twists and turns in the national economy that have made their impact known in Arkansas. Throughout both the tumultuous and brighter times, I’ve been...
Years ago my sister traveled to the Ukraine on a mission trip. She worked among the indigenous Christians on a number of worthy projects, and when her time ran up, she returned home with a heart full...

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