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Re: “Updated: State Board of Education gives final green light to three more charters in Little Rock

There's already two distinct types of education in Little Rock: public and private. The charter schools will make three.

Posted by AA5B Tiger on 09/15/2017 at 10:54 PM

Re: “LRSD's superintendent says settlement of Walker case 'beneficial to all,' touts district progress

Can someone calculate the grand sum of fees paid to Walker over the years, "for the children"?

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 09/11/2017 at 10:49 PM

Re: “LR records 36th homicide Friday night

What in the hell is happening in Little Rock? KATV is reporting this 36th homicide was an Italian tourist that broke off from a tour group and wound up getting killed near the old Kmart in West Little Rock. Are there literally that many stray bullets flying around that we're picking off tourists as they're passing through town? Good gracious.

http://katv.com/news/local/police-investag…

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 07/30/2017 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Insurance companies file rates for 2018, governor touts them as success story

I asked for a quote the other day to cover insurance, so as to budget and be ready for what's coming, as my wife is staying home with the kids and no longer working. Currently we have Cobra and the premiums and coverage is so much better than anything I can purchase on the exchange. After looking, I'm pretty sure we'll just pay it for 18 months then reevaluate. I remember, not too long ago, when Cobra was so prohibitively expensive compared to other coverage that no one would dare buy it due to cost. Now, catastrophic coverage only ($15000 deductible) for my family is $845/mo compared to our Cobra policy which is $1048, $500 deductible, drug coverage, etc. A normal, middle of the road policy is $1200/mo with $6500 deductible - a little over TWICE what the mortgage used to be on our 1st house only 20 years ago, and that's only if we don't get sick. It's sooooo broken.

Posted by AA5B Tiger on 07/27/2017 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Football is king, Bentonville edition

FWIW, we moved from Little Rock to Bentonville by choice to get away from the increasing crime and poor schools. My kids go to the Bentonville West High School referenced in this article. We couldn't not be happier with the education they are receiving. You'd think I'm lying, but I'm not: our kids get better instruction than they did from the honors departments at the private schools we were paying $20k/yr for in Little Rock. As for the stadium, I'm totally fine with it as the school and community pride is a cherry on top after the foundational focus on academics by the staff. Just last week my daughter's volleyball coach stressed over and over in a parent meeting that academics trump athletics and warned the kids and parents alike, that while they really wanted to win and would be working really hard to that end, they were not going to get their priorities out of order.

@Artifical Intelligence: You mention the irony of top Walmart executives not sending their kids to the public schools but opting for private instead. Can you name anyone, or for that matter, what private schools they are sending there kids to? I know several executives and all of their kids go to public schools.

Furthermore, I can only think of a handful of private schools around - all small religious schools. There are also charter schools around, but they are typically specialized -- like a classical studies school, an arts/music school, Haas Hall which is for kids truly knocking the top out of academics and likely could start college as Sophomores, then the new innovation school starting in Springdale. However, there's no stampede or mass exodus out of public schools to get in those schools; if someone has an exceptional child that's gifted in music, or wants to pursue a more tech route, or really just immerses themselves in schoolwork, the various non-public schools are an option. Even with us, as attractive as the options are and with our kids taking all AP classes with GPAs over 4.0, we are beyond thrilled to have our kids in the public schools getting the level of attention and teaching that's so far above even what they were getting in private schools in Little Rock. So, even with the private and charter routes at our disposal and within our budget, we don't even slightly desire to send our kids anywhere but the public schools in Bentonville.

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 07/24/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Future looks dim for Little Rock home energy efficiency ordinance

We moved to Bentonville from Little Rock about a year ago and have been amazed by the number and quality of municipal amenities everywhere. One might say "Walmart pays for it"; however, way back in 2002, Bentonville adopted impact fees on every new lot. The fees have grown, and are now substantial. It allows the city to properly build and maintain all sorts of services that make the quality of life so nice. Interesting that impact fees occurred in the most conservative county in the state.

Current impact fees:
http://www.bentonvillear.com/departments/b…

Article from 2002 when the impact fees first started -- well before any of the big growth that has occurred in Bentonville:
http://thecabin.net/stories/012702/opi_012…

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 06/24/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “The Broom Man, Melvin Pickens, dies at 84

@SalineRepublican - I am very sorry you lost your friend.

While I probably was only around him 15 mins in my entire life, I could sure tell he was a very special, kind man. Funny how some angels among us just can't hide their wings.

What a legacy he left by all the people that have fond memories of just being around him and, if like me, feel more compassionate toward their fellow man just thinking of him all of these years past. May we all strive to have a legacy one day as rich as Mr. Pickens!

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 06/20/2017 at 4:54 PM

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