Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
July 29-Aug. 4, 2009
It was a GOOD week for …
RAIN. And more rain. Little Rock ended July with more than 11 inches of rain for the month, a record by bucketsful.
GOV. MIKE BEEBE. He took the rare step of authorizing extradition of a misdemeanor fugitive arrested in Vermont. The misdemeanor (thanks to the state's then inadequate animal cruelty law) was heinous abuse of hundreds of dogs, including Katrina refugees, at a so-called refuge in Gamaliel.
WISHFUL THINKING. Sen. Sue Madison has written a bill to repeal the state lottery. Odds: Poor. But given the various blunders in the lottery's creation, it should provoke some lively discussion.
DOWN-HOME ECONOMIC ANALYSIS. Describing the benefits of his trade mission to Cuba, Gov. Mike Beebe said: “The policies are they need more money to buy more stuff and we got the stuff.”
SIRENS. The Little Rock police and fire departments are rolling out a new siren that includes a rumbling bass sound that you can feel as well as hear. It's meant to get the attention of people with heavily sound-proofed cars and earphones jammed in their ears.
LITTLE ROCK PARK USERS. The city manager officially adopted a policy discouraging (but not prohibiting by ordinance) smoking in city parks. Polite smokers, it is hoped, will obey signs and spare other park users their unhealthy sidestreams.
It was a BAD week for …
ARKANSAS LEGISLATORS. Do they really want to spend millions on new hideaway offices for lawmakers in the Big MAC complex? Do they really need to spend millions more to build a tunnel to connect the Capitol with a building 125 feet away? If you know hoggish legislators and their love of perks, you know the answer to that question. Hard times are for everybody else.
OLD-SCHOOL LOTTERY PLAYERS. The Lottery Commission decided to use a computer – rather than drawing balls from a hopper — to pick winning numbers in the new lottery. Some old-timers say they don't trust the computer.
after getting out of the army in 72 and coming home to wisconsin stumbled on…
Another example of what is going on in our country today: Voters do not choose…
Totally sums up our numbskull governor.