Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
* ROMNEY'S DEBATE WIN: All agree an aggressive Mitt Romney drove the presidential debate last night and "won," for most scoring. Will it move voters? Should it move voters? After all, neither Romney nor President Obama moved from the essential positions that make them decidedly different candidates.
It's true, however, that Romney's disingenuousness (dishonesty, if you prefer) in trying to paper over his punishing pro-wealthy ideology, particularly in his super-secret tax plan, might have been taken to yet another level. The fine points of facts and policy don't matter much in debate assessments, however. Hard to imagine how Romney doesn't get some benefit from last night. And hard to imagine the president won't change course from cool defense the next go-round.
It's all on YouTube, if you dare.
* EXPULSIONS IN WYNNE: My Cross County correspondent says the Wynne School Board settled last night on semester expulsions for two white students implicated in the hazing of a black football player who had a noose put around his neck.USA Today has provided some detailed reporting on the real estate investments that landed Razorback football coach John L. Smith in bankruptcy court with some $40 million in outstanding debts. It reports criticism given Smith by a Kentucky judge after he claimed, in justifying nonpayment, that he hadn't understood the deal. Said the judge in awarding a judgment against Smith in a civil suit:
"Smith is a sophisticated businessman capable of understanding terms and entering into legally binding contracts. Having failed to either read or comprehend the significance of the ... provisions, he may not now assert that he was fraudulently induced to sign."
Yeah, well, some people thought he was a sophisticated football coach, too.
* HILLCREST FARMERS MARKET GOING YEAR-ROUND: Good news from Pulaski Heights Baptist Church. Its popular sidewalk farmers market, held each Saturday at the church on Kavanaugh is going year-round. Full details here. When weather dictates, the market will move into the church gym. Meat, eggs, preserved food and baked goods aren't subject to seasonal whims and farmers say fall crops also will extend the availability of fresh vegetables, along with greenhouse-grown items. One farmer is promising strawberries in December. Food trucks will continue to be part of the attraction, along with a friendly neighborhood vibe.
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