Weiner world | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Weiner world

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Hot doggies! I know the people in Weiner love their schools. But, brother, this is a little bit, well, nutty ....

Stop consolidation of one tiny school district in the name of national security? (Confidential to a Republican political candidate: Jumping in with any group that comes along is not always the right idea if you want to demonstrate sound judgment.)


Date: 6/24/10
Subject: Friends of Weiner School District's Draft of Executive Order to assist Governor Beebe, following his response to our request for action.
Contact: Michelle Cadle Greta Greeno

Within an hour of our press conference ending, the Governor authorized a spokesman to say that he doubted there was a legal course of action for him to take, and to express his fear of inviting court challenges to the state’s method of funding our public schools. When we asked the Governor to act, we did not want to limit the Governor or those who assist him in structuring a resolution. However, we offer the following proposed Executive Order Proclamation to address the situation. We believe it is consistent with other Executive Orders issued by the Governor this last year.

In 2009, the Governor issued four Executive Orders appropriating $2,352,520.72 from the Hazardous Mitigation Fund to mitigate the effects of future disasters. (EO-09-04, EO-09-11, EO-09-12, EO-09-14). The Governor also issued an executive order to encourage the reduction of energy consumption by state agencies and the environmental impact of state agency operations, and specifically stated that this action “can lead to significant cost savings to taxpayers, while promoting the national interest….” EO-09-07. In addition, our legislators created the Arkansas Homeland Security Advisory Group, Section 12-75-132 of the Arkansas Code, composed of both state and federal entities. This Advisory Group's reports “shall include recommendations with regard to correcting any deficiencies identified by the advisory group in the statewide mutual aid system.”

The following is our draft of an executive order. We hope the Governor will use it as a start to protect our constitution, pursuant to his oath of office and promote the welfare of the citizens of the State of Arkansas:


WHEREAS: Critical infrastructure includes those assets, systems, networks, and functions—physical or virtual—so vital to the State that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, public health or safety, or any combination of those matters, and key resources are publicly or privately controlled resources essential to minimal operation of the economy and the government; and

WHEREAS: Our agriculture, food, and water sectors, along with the public health and emergency services sectors, provide the essential goods and services Americans and Arkansans need to survive; and

WHEREAS: The strategic plan for years 2010-2015 of the United States Department of Agriculture has identified schools as one of the “critical community facilities” necessary to assist rural communities, and states that the “country’s farmers help ensure that all of America and many other parts of the world have nutritious and safe food, adequate energy sources, and fiber products sufficient to meet the needs of our rapidly growing population"; and

WHEREAS: An evaluation of consolidation, annexation or closing of schools in agricultural areas of the state, and an evaluation of the effect that such closing has on protecting our critical infrastructures, can lead to significantly enhanced protection of our critical infrastructures of agriculture, food, and water sectors and to mitigation of future threats to these critical infrastructures;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, acting under the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Arkansas, do hereby order the following:

A moratorium of no less than one year shall be placed on consolidation or annexation or closing of schools in agricultural areas of the state, to allow for an evaluation of the roles these schools have in current state and national security strategies and priorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 24th day of June, in the year of our Lord, 2010.

We hope this draft will assist our Governor in taking appropriate action to correct the problems Rural Arkansans are faced with, due to the consolidation of schools. We would once again like to remind him of his 2006 campaign promises of 'no more consolidation' and that he was elected to protect the best interests of our great state. We are in hopes he will choose to do the right thing; and correct this bad law, which infringes on our rights. We do not wish to take legal action, but are prepared to immediately do so, should he fail to uphold his duty TO THE PEOPLE, as our Governor. In his duties, as our Attorney General, he was well aware of the potential effects that Act 60 would cause; yet he still ran on the promise of 'no more consolidation'. He has had 3 1/2 years to correct this problem, and we demand he do so now, for the sake of our securities and the irreparable harm it will cause.

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (34)

Showing 1-34 of 34

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-34 of 34

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • The assault weapon open line

    The open line. And report of the arrest of a man with an AR-15 who threatened to shoot people at a Springdale business.
    • Feb 17, 2018
  • A primary challenger for Rep. Laurie Rushing

    Blue Hog Report has some news on a Republican primary challenge of an incumbent legislator, Rep. Laurie Rushing, by Ernie Hinz of Hot Springs.
    • Feb 17, 2018
  • A common-sense gun measure draws no sponsors from Arkansas

    Republicans, including at least one from Arkansas, are talking about repealing the Dickey Amendment which prohibits gun research from a public health perspective. But none of them are yet willing to DO anything about it.
    • Feb 17, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • The long and winding road: No exception yet for 30 Crossing

    The Arkansas highway department's representative on the Metroplan board of directors told the board today that the department is requesting an exception to the planning agency's cap on six lanes for its 30 Crossing project to widen Interstate 30 from six to 10 (and more) lanes.
    • Jun 29, 2016
  • Two plead in fraud of sheriff's office

    A former employee of the Pulaski County sheriff and a North Little Rock woman who sold goods to the sheriff's office have pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a scheme to steal from the sheriff's office, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Deputy killed, police chief wounded in Sebastian County. Suspect in custody

    40/29 TV reports that two law officers were shot about 7 a.m. today near Hackett in Sebastian County and at mid-afternoon came word that one of them had died. Later in the day a suspect was taken into custody in the shooting.
    • Aug 10, 2016

Most Shared

  • A mayor stands up against freeway widening. No. Not in Little Rock.

    Another booming city, Indianapolis, fights ever wider urban freeways. Meanwhile, back in Little Rock .....
  • In the margins

    A rediscovered violin concerto brings an oft-forgotten composer into the limelight.
  • Donald Trump is historically unpopular — and not necessarily where you think

    My colleagues John Ray and Jesse Bacon and I estimate, in the first analysis of its kind for the 2018 election season, that the president's waning popularity isn't limited to coastal cities and states. The erosion of his electoral coalition has spread to The Natural State, extending far beyond the college towns and urban centers that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. From El Dorado to Sherwood, Fayetteville to Hot Springs, the president's approval rating is waning.
  • Arkansans join House vote to gut Americans with Disabilities Act

    Despite fierce protests from disabled people, the U.S. House voted today, mostly on party lines, to make it harder to sue businesses for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Of course Arkansas congressmen were on the wrong side.

Most Viewed

  • The assault weapon open line

    The open line. And report of the arrest of a man with an AR-15 who threatened to shoot people at a Springdale business.

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation