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Covered in fog

Sadly, a decades-long state newspaper subscription ended with the realization the paper would not publish an article opposed to the Democrat-Gazette's editorial page ideas (Sept. 16) about how to operate public education, especially in Little Rock.

The state newspaper flaunts the "darn good" charter schools and tells the academic distressed schools "they just have to get better." Almost $1 billion was spent to improve our schools, and to no avail. Therefore, according to the state paper, the poor people with minimal or no support must somehow improve their plight, even to the point of being competitive with the much ballyhooed charter schools. Obviously, the editors cannot see very well in the fog caused by keeping their heads positioned in the clouds.

The powerful people (PP) knew money would not solve the school problem. Because they have money to waste, that was not a concern. Nor are they open to ideas that could improve public education. They knew that eventually the government would come to the same realization: money, even a lot of money, would not solve the problem. Finally, because the government capitulated, the PP can legally separate themselves from the weaker, less fortunate folks. Moreover, they can say, with clear conscience (after all, they spent almost a billion dollars), "Well, the schools will just have to get better, won't they?" Can you see the callous, cruel, conniving stinking thinking of the PP?

Read what the heavily funded Forward (really Backward) Arkansas (a PP ploy) writes about troubled schools:

"Academic Distress: All schools in academic distress and pre-academic distress receive support and interventions that enable them to transform their school cultures, dramatically improve student achievement, and sustain their improvement over time."

In all that codswallop, can you find any real help? In a sacred text, the son of God states, "By myself, I can do nothing." I know what he means about being by himself. This writer cannot even get Baker Kurrus to talk over a cup of coffee.

Since the 1970s, the idea of village education has been written about (that is about to end because both papers for different reasons will not promote the idea), but meaningfully discussed in public only a few times. Village education keeps the children together for 13 years in a family-like environment that builds character. Character development, for example, will help end the brutal murders in our city. Now, village education can only be given mere mention in the context of writing about something else. In his seventh decade of life, the author is running out of time. The vision of village education in Little Rock could end when he does.

Note to myself: Do not mention Hillary's book "It Takes a Village" because that will bring negative attention to the idea. What a shame that village education has never been seriously appraised by anyone in this town. Lack of concern and the PP's pontificating putrid public pabulum instead of real food keeps attention away from the idea. What are they afraid of?

Richard Emmel

Little Rock

From the web

In response to the Sept. 17 article about Sen. Jason Rapert's reports of threats to the State Police:

Rapert (to Arkansas State Police Major Henry La Mar): "When you say you will add this to the file, what exactly are you doing? Someone stating they will 'gun down' another seems to be over the line. Will your team try to discover who would send something like this to an elected official ... I look forward to hearing from you because I want to be certain I understand what you are or are not doing."

OK, point one, Rapert: Do you think the ASP owes you as an "elected official" more attention than, say, your Lowe's questioner?

Point two: If I were to say/write that you irritate me so much I'd like to kick your rear up between your ears, do you consider that a threat? It's not; it's hyperbole. Learn the difference.

Now that I've been calm and judicious (more or less) in this post, let me add this: I wish someone had a jackass named Truth who would bite you in the arse (thank you for the idea, Vanessa) any time you showed said arse. I'd even fix a stall so Truth could come down for a few days to recuperate from his daunting workweek.

Doigotta

In response to an Arkansas Blog post about state Rep. Charlie Collins' movement to draft Sen. Tom Cotton to run for president:

Please Re-thugs, please nominate him. May I suggest Cotton/Carson? Please double-down on: stoppin' them mus-lims, gays and the gays they want to marry, non-whitey's, of course the lib-rals, real rape(c), no minimum wage, really push that whole "Christian" nation thing, declare war on China, Syria, Iran, Russia, North Korea and any other country that looks to be gettin' uppity (American Exceptionalism! Go Hogs!), only the poor should pay taxes (they're not job creators, just job doers), privatize Social Security (it's socialist, don't ya know?) and propose lots of new laws (from all-male lady-part Congressional committees) regarding lady-parts and what ladies are allowed, or not allowed, to do with them.

tsallenearng

In the Republican mind, all Trump needs is a foreign policy expert on his ticket. This is a move to get Tom up to speed before the big push for Trump/Cotton 2016. They're right, it's the end times.

Arkansas Guy

In response to an Arkansas Blog post on Texas Tech Coach Kliff Kingsbury's post-game brag that Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema "got his ass kicked":

I understand Kingsbury's satisfaction with beating the Hogs on Saturday. I can also understand his animosity towards Bielema based on the Hog coach's braggadocio at the coaches' meeting. However, I think that it was bad taste for Kingsbury to make such a statement at a post-game press conference. I don't recall a coach calling out another coach in that venue before.

I think anybody named Cliff who spells it with a "K" so it would be more atune with his last name is a ridiculous prima donna. But I have the good taste not to mention it at a press conference.

"Kliff?!" Derisive pig snort!!!

Olphart

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