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Re: “How they roll in Rogers, Ark.: More from the Ben Lipscomb file

First, let me add my heaping scorn on Womack and Lipscomb and remind you they were acting and writing in their government roles when they did so – which is even more shameful. Stephen Coger is one young Arkansan whom we DESPERATELY hope will return to public service in Arkansas.

His work in third-world countries is exactly the training and experience he will need to implement if he returns.

We have one offspring of Coger's generation here and one freshly gone far, far away. A parent's job is to try, rationally, to advocate for what is best for their young adult child. Can we honestly ask them to stay? If they are progressive and believe in equality, we're asking them to do Peace Corps/grassroots political organizing in their own state – at ground level in an unfriendly atmosphere with the odds stacked against them.

If they – as all young people are – should be beginning their careers set on earning enough to keep themselves and someday a family, can we advise them to stay in one of the poorest states during an an economic struggle?

If they are LGBT, forget it. Move – with our blessing. I will cheer and cheer Fayetteville's city council and mayor for the courageous and right-minded vote for an all-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance. But that was an ordinance, not a state law. Will Arkansas ever pass an ENDA? Yes, but we will probably be the 50th state to so do or we will have it federally passed in order to make Arkansas comply.

As I consistently maintain, I am certain the country will be a more just and equal nation in 20 years because I know more than a few Stephen Cogers. They inspire me.

Will the Stephen Cogers of Arkansas return? Will HE? If I were his mom, I don't know that I could ask him.

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Posted by mag on 08/24/2014 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Monday's open line, plus a note on Rockefeller regulators

Thanks for the birthday wishes (especially for telling my age, Plainjim! haha) but especially hurray for good health among our Usual Suspects. So glad to see you, eLwood! This blog hops when everyone is present and correct. Thanks again.

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Posted by mag on 08/05/2014 at 1:22 AM

Re: “The Pryor-Cotton debate open line

Best wishes, eLwood! Comedy opportunities abound! Take advantage!

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Posted by mag on 07/24/2014 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Walmart, so far, indicates it won't join Target in refusing gun toters

My workplace is tiny – about six folks in the pleasant, coverted-house office every day. I don't want a gun in it and know all my employees well enough to ask cordially both if they have one and not to bring it inside. So far, no one's packing or insulted. We're not retail but we have a few clients and visitors who come through. Would you all post a small sticker on the front door or not? Interested to hear opinions.

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Posted by mag on 07/17/2014 at 7:37 PM

Re: “The not-so-sizzling-summer open line

NVR, thanks for the link to the fine Smithsonian story. That was very interesting.

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Posted by mag on 07/13/2014 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Fort Smith school leader rips legislature's insurance 'fix'

Dr. Gooden could probably serve as a key part of the solution if he were consulted. He has kept the Fort Smith Public School District in the black and extremely able to upgrade schools regularly, accommodating growth and the natural shifts in population density a city experiences over time. He and his staff have been tremendous financial managers and the salaries of district employees are healthy and rising. We also have a good retention rate of qualified teachers.

Take a look at the annual report of the school district for 2013, where costs and expenditures are outlined in easy-to-understand graphs and charts.…

We don't want to do without him, but I have no doubt Dr. Gooden would be an asset (notice he said they didn't ask) to any administrative group seeking better solutions for the insurance program.

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Posted by mag on 07/13/2014 at 8:17 PM

Re: “TGIF open line: Plus, a historic session and a new Supreme Court clerk

Thank you for the link, Norma. I watched "Broken Heart Land" and it was excellent, if tragic. I recommend it as well. The parents of a Norman, Oklahoma teenager who killed himself and the activism they pursue in their grief is wrenchingly sad. Perhaps some Arkansas families could relate and reach out sooner to reassure and support their own gay, lesbian or transgender relatives or friends. When your son or daughter dies, he or she is not your "gay child." That person is your baby, your own beloved child. The bereaved parents in this documentary had not turned their son away but they do wish now that he had felt more confident they would love him no matter what. They're doing now what they wish they had done when he was alive – trying to create tolerance and equality.

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Posted by mag on 06/27/2014 at 7:02 PM

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