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Verla Sweere 
Member since Aug 14, 2010

Married 62 years. 9 children. 20 grandchildren. Arkansas resident 36 years. Graduate of UCA.

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Re: “The peril for UALR in the "eVersity"

I think UALR has lost their focus as a city college. They are often too dogmatic for many non-traditional students. I know of at least two girls, sent by their employer to be trained in accounting principals, who were advised by "counselors" to take freshman English instead. Neither finished. Needs are not being met--which is why for profit schools are raking in student loan bucks. Our tech school needs to be larger. Both could learn a lot from looking at the University of South Dakota. When they opened a branch in Sioux Falls, the school was soon much bigger than the main campus in Vermillion.

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Posted by Verla Sweere on 08/04/2014 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Pryor goes after Tom Cotton staffer's 'intellectual' remark

Back when Ross was campaign chairman for Al Gore (88) I cornered him near the escalator and chewed him out royally, shaking my finger in his face like he was one of my kids. I'd like to do the same to Cotton, only this time, I might not back off when he's leaning back over that transparent railing and threatened with a two story fall. I used to appreciate the royalty of the Dem's jackass, but there is no royalty about Cotton--he's simply a dumb jackass who thinks he knows it all.

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Posted by Verla Sweere on 08/04/2014 at 5:01 PM

Re: “It's unanimous: All leading Ark. politicians oppose a reduction of air pollution in the state

Amazing is it not, that China has seen the value of wind and solar far more than our "enlightened" Congress? The only hope we have is that our young people may begin to see the advantage of voting. Since they are the ones who are most open to change, and will be the same ones to receive the benefits. When a congressman refers to our god-drawn borders as fact, it is too scary to consider what makes them tick.

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Posted by Verla Sweere on 08/04/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “State opens the year flat on tax revenue

The Republican answer proved a disaster in Kansas. Why do we keep reinventing the wheel?

Posted by Verla Sweere on 08/04/2014 at 4:42 PM

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

Our city manager and mayor both have many things to be ashamed about. Start with the money they pay the CoC to seek industry. What a waste! And certainly not in the best interest of the people of Little Rock who tend to be far more liberal than the right wing CoC. Consider the sales tax pushed by CoC--I don't remember anything about the tech park in their push for that--it was for police radios and street repairs. Mayor has announced for reelection--is there an opponent out there? Since the mayor's election is non-political, why so much favoritism to the CoC? We can be much better than we are. And while I'm here, glad elwood and DBI are getting better.

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Posted by Verla Sweere on 08/04/2014 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Independence Day: Independents don't rule

"Send me your huddled masses...." Why are they illegal aliens when they cross our southern border, but refugees if they cross into Turkey in the middle east? Why are we so polarized? Hate seems more abundant than love. Why are the 1% so wealthy even as the middle class falls into poverty? Why is our infrastructure so out of date, when we have so many willing to work? Why does government invade our bedrooms and doctor's offices, but fight health care for all? Why is our health care so expensive yet so inferior to that of other industrialized nations? Why do we build more prisons than schools? -- after all schools are cheaper. Why education so costly for students? Aren't we told that education is necessary? Why are we still fighting the war on drugs which is as big or bigger a failure than the war in Iraq? Remember prohibition? Why do we insist on re-inventing the wheel? Sometimes I think it is hopeless. Then a young man in Mississippi gets fed up with a SCOTUS ruling, resigns as chairman of the young Republicans at the University and declares himself a Democrat. They say the next generation is more enlightened. Let us hope that is true. Have a happy 4th.

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Posted by Verla Sweere on 07/04/2014 at 9:28 AM

Re: “The bash-Jason-Rapert open line

rc--about those huge requirements for wet vote in Faulkner County--remember a former Democratic State Senator who proposed that requirement? He later switched parties and became of favorite of Gov. Huckabee, followed by an exemption that let him become the President of UCA. And a gambler, liar, etc. Do you suppose he was also a drunk? Back when he was a senator for Russellville, he hosted a Democratic Committee meeting where you could have all the booze you wanted for free. And I believe Pope County was dry. Go figure.

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Posted by Verla Sweere on 05/17/2014 at 12:16 PM

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