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Re: “Another way to mark the 60th school crisis anniversary

I understand that the desegregation of our schools has not been perfected, and is probably going backwards. But, a separate group, doing their own thing doesn't make it any better. Is the message here that, "If you don't fully agree with what is happening, separate yourself and go do your own thing"? Shouldn't the message be that we all come together and celebrate the accomplishments AND discuss the opportunities?

I graduated from Central in the year of the 30th anniversary. There was discussion then of a "segregated Central". At that time, it was more about segregation within the walls of the school, rather than today's issues. I remember thinking that the "problem" was being highlighted by those who remembered 1957 first hand. Those of us at Central enjoyed our experience and our differences. It was the "old folks" who wanted to stir the pot.

When I look at the folks stirring the pot today, it's the same damn people. My classmates would not have "another way". We would have the SAME way, even if it meant being honest with one another that opportunities still exist. Separating yourself from the group leads to further separation; or as some folks call it: segregation.

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Posted by dowhat on 09/22/2017 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Death reported of Robert Johnston, former legislator and homeless advocate

My wife used to serve breakfast to the homeless with Mr. Johnston. We attend church with Mr. Johnston. When bloggers cast blanket criticism of Christians, I often wonder if they know folks like Mr. Johnston - a man who showed what Christianity truly is.

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Posted by dowhat on 09/21/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Walmart plans to build new HQ in Bentonville

You folks might want to visit NWA and see what WMT has done for Arkansas. Jobs and economic activity run amuck. As the owner of the Arkansas government, do you know who your largest customer is? These guys put their new headquarters out to bid (like Amazon), and the sucking sound in Arkansas would be deafening.

A broke, Arkansas guy started a company and grew it into the largest company in the world. He kept the headquarters in Arkansas. And now, they are choosing to stay here for decades to come. Thank you Wal Mart. Thank you for the payroll taxes we collect. Thank you for the income taxes we collect. Thank you for the contribution you make to our economy. Thank you for the intelligent people you attract. Thank you for the hundreds of millions you give away to make our communities stronger.

Here's to another half a century of success for all.

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Posted by dowhat on 09/15/2017 at 3:30 PM

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

The writing is on the wall.

In the end, there will be two "classes" of public education in LR: LRSD and charter schools. Some original charters won't make it, but the strong will survive. They will take the better kids from the LRSD, and leave the LRSD with the "at risk" or special assistance (read more expensive) kids. The LRSD will struggle to make ends meet. Charters will work the state government to have their monies and elections for monies separated. Those that battled the "establishment" (Elliott, Walker, etc.) will be left with no establishment and no financial support.

In other southern towns, this has happened. But, it was often done by creating new municipalities. Go see Jackson, MS or Birmingham, AL. Some on the blog didn't like annexing Chenal. But, imagine if it were its own municipality with its own school district. Then the sucking sound being created by charters would be even louder as children "who have already been dealt a good hand" would flock to the new town of Chenal to attend its "public" schools.

Healthcare will follow this same path one day.

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Posted by dowhat on 09/15/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care bill attracts support of one-third of Senate Dems

"Notably, the bill lacks a funding mechanism."

In this fairytale, he should have added cars and jewelry. I mean, if it's free, why not? Who can sign a bill when they have no idea who gets taxed for it? Would Sens. Warren, et al, be for it, if it is paid for with a flat tax? Would a sales tax be acceptable?

Come on senators, representing our health concerns but throwing us into poverty is not good representation.

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Posted by dowhat on 09/13/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Trump nominates Christopher Caldwell to be Delta Regional Authority co-chair

"...development in the poverty belt"

Going, is there an oxymoron in there?

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Posted by dowhat on 09/13/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Census data shows Arkansas's rate of uninsured cut in half since 2013

Silver, the bias in the numbers is that there is absolutely no mention of the cost. The argument isn't over whether everyone should have health coverage or not. The issue is controlling costs.

These numbers are neat. But, are they sustainable? Will their children have insurance too? What did it cost, and what is the source of payment? Having all children insured in the short term is great, but we need to think even bigger.

Posted by dowhat on 09/13/2017 at 9:49 AM

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