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Re: “Former Sen. Dale Bumpers dies at 90

We knew the Honorable Dale Bumpers as a fine human being who cared deeply about those in need, led the early fights for conservation of our precious natural resources and believed in the rights of every individual to enjoy respect and dignity. Among other significant landmarks, he saved the Buffalo River and assured the addition to the US Wildlife Refuges of tens of thousands of acres of prime east Arkansas hardwood timberlands and watershed areas from Potlatch Corp holdings. No doubt, Betty had strong influence over the years in all these issues and his victories large and small. For years, we have missed the Senator's wit, wisdom and common sense in our US Senate. Today, our prayers and thoughts are with the Bumpers family and our fond memories of a great Senator live on.

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Posted by Bayou on 01/02/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “'Daddy Jack" Fryer reported killed by his brother

To Tracy Pickens Fryer, thank you for posting today when it must be such a difficult time. Over the years, I came to appreciate Jack's heartfelt, genuine sincerity in all he attempted to do, even when he was being as stubborn as an ol' mule (before and after he got sober). My kids knew him from PHUMC and are saddened by the news. They saw how a person can truly turn life around and help others too. Thinking of Robert as well today, because mental illness is a cruel, silent brain disease that impacts the whole family. This is such a heartbreaking tragedy. RIP Daddy Jack.

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Posted by Bayou on 05/27/2015 at 4:01 PM

Re: “An update on 'The Broom Man,' Melvin Pickens

God bless Mr Melvin. We also have a broom collection. Once I bought every broom he had left --- 5 --- because it was 100+ degrees and he said he wouldn't stop and go home until he'd sold them all. Thanks Mr Melvin for the brooms and the inspiration you are!

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Posted by Bayou on 07/20/2013 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Forget everything you know about losing weight

Back in the day, we were forced to wear those gosh-awful blue shorts jumpsuits for PE class. Guess we were more fit than today's kids, yet we didn't have video games + social media to keep us indoors in a chair, drive thrus to gobble down 1000 calorie snacks, and school boards that think fresh air/exercise (and the arts) aren't core education requirements anymore. Like you Max, I've lost lbs by changing my eating habits/portions and am walking more. It works. Have shed and kept off 25 lbs for 2 years. Habits start early and lead either to obesity or relatively healthy or fitness nut. I'm thinking those Mommas who drive thru for dinner 3x a week are paving a path for their kids to obesity and overweight. School PE is no replacement for thoughtful parenting.

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Posted by Bayou on 01/31/2013 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Big steel mill — how good a deal?

Correnti has been wooing states for a decade+. Correnti was former Nucor CEO and his resignation was announced in a brief statement years ago. He's been trying to compete with his old company ever since.
Nucor's original deal and the updated incentives about 10 years ago keeps them in Miss. County. They got everything they needed to stay there and most likely there will be a new incentive deal for Nucor when the current one expires and there should be. Wonder if the Nucor incentive law (2001?) was changed to accommodate Correnti coming in?
Ya'll need to talk somebody who knows how these incentives really work and what the cost-benefit really is. As far as car/truck manufacturers: Nissan is in Mississippi because they specified "east of the Mississippi River" in their location requirements. Toyota truck manufacturing's in Texas because the Texas truck buyer market there is enormous. Arkansas competes for these projects when it meets the specs for the location.
In the meantime, why not support more start-ups and expansion of what's already in AR?
Like Nucor has been for Mississippi County & AR, the Japanese company that owns Ark Steel in Newport has been a very good corporate partner and friend to Newport and AR.

Posted by Bayou on 01/31/2013 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Tampering with lottery tickets under review

Just how many sweetheart deals did Ernie P set up for his buddies? Printing company gets paid to print tickets and then gets million dollar windfall when they are sold!? No consequences for this sham operation that fed Ernie, his pals-staff and still feeds his business/vendor buddies.

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Posted by Bayou on 05/04/2012 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Open line

Lest we forget that Mike Huckabee loved Tommy Robinson, appointed TR to powerful AR PC&E Commission. pollution control and ecology. Makes you wonder what TR did for Huckabuck.

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Posted by Bayou on 03/22/2012 at 9:06 PM

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