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Re: “Drive-by hits homicide witness's home

I agree, Doigotta, and I am worried about the fact that more people on the Blog are not expressing concern, Is this the normal in Southwest Little Rock now? What does the city plan to do about it?

Posted by plainjim on 12/10/2018 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Proposal coming to end teacher fair dismissal law for all of LR School District

I agree with you 100 per cent, GFTR. They are in the same family, and it should be a conflict of interest for her to serve on the State Board of Education, as Max has pointed out here on the Blog on numerous occasions. However, that has not stopped her from becoming an advocate for promoting charter schools as the expense of public education. The Zooks are bad news for people who believe in equal opportunity and economic justice, that is for sure.

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Posted by plainjim on 12/10/2018 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Proposal coming to end teacher fair dismissal law for all of LR School District

Speedy recovery, Aqua Blue, so that we can hear from you again.

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Posted by plainjim on 12/10/2018 at 10:02 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Midnight pay raise at Little Rock City Hall

GFTR, I have to disagree with you for probably the first time on the Blog. If you believe in representative democracy, you have to say the mayor has the most important position, because the city manager is insulated, and does not answer to the people, The city manager should be the one to go, and Little Rock should adopt the mayor-council form of government, where people popularly elect a mayor, and eight city council members, who represent their own wards, and are the people's connection with the city government. If they do not do right, they can be voted out. This is democracy, and city government as it was intended to be. I think only Little Rock and Fort Smith have city manager governments in Arkansas, although Siloam Springs has a hybrid city administrator form.

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Posted by plainjim on 12/10/2018 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Monday: The news roundup and open line

Yes, Perplexed, Portis understood that somewhat archaic manner of speaking, Just listen to her monologues and you will understand and appreciate. One of the funniest scenes of the book is the back and forth when she is arguing and negotiating with the person who bought the horses from her father's killer in Fort Smith, where she threatened him with a lawsuit from her family's attorney, to whom she ascribed all sorts of skills.

I worked with Portis at the Arkansas Gazette for a couple of years before he sought his fortune in New York, and he thought the way he wrote, and he could see the absurd in almost all human interactions. Maybe that is why he never married, because if you have that frame of mind, marriage is a fertile ground for absurdity.

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Posted by plainjim on 12/10/2018 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Proposal coming to end teacher fair dismissal law for all of LR School District

The Randy Zook who is president of the State Chamber is her nephew, I believe, GFTR, not that it makes any difference. It shows the family's political bent. Perplexed is right that the whole move is about destroying the AEA as a representative of teachers in Arkansas. (The Little Rock Education Association is an arm of the AEA.) This fits in with the Hutchinson-Walton view of better education--that the current crop of teachers is responsible for the failure of our schools--and, of course, that view is elitist, and dare I say it, racist, but the proof is that Walton's charter school teachers do not produce any better test results than public school teachers, on average.

The one thing that charter school advocates never talk about is the special education students, and how they would teach them, That is because charter schools do not have to teach them. They take the top students and leave the problems with the public schools. Then, their supporters condemn public schools for not producing better results.

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Posted by plainjim on 12/10/2018 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Washington County man killed by deputies responding to domestic disturbance

Steven E., I think that GFTR's comment that shooting people has become the cops' first resort, not the last one, is exactly on point. The police used to be trained to use all non-lethal methods at their disposal before shooting bad guys. They don't seem to follow that anymore.

Posted by plainjim on 12/10/2018 at 6:45 PM

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