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  • The coal industry's attorney general: Leslie Rutledge and others

    Take a minute and read Ernest Dumas' column this week. It explains who Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is really representing when she fights EPA clean air rules — railroads and coal miners. Dumas explains the history of regulation of coal-burning power plants — Arkansas is home to two of the dirtiest — and also explains why fixing them or looking for alternative energy supplies closer to home is actually good for the economy, not bad.
    • Feb 24, 2015
  • An open line: Plus an Arkie to the federal bench in Texas

    An open line and a judgeship for Trey Schroeder of Texarkana.
    • Dec 20, 2014
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Re: “Former DHS employee gets 9 years for $9 million worth of food fraud

Thank you Judge Moody. Those of us on the Democratic side -- not to mention all of us anyway -- should work harder to create more integrity in our social service programs. Even though it might be a very limited percentage of the whole the truth is, when we turn a blind eye to this kind of shocking abuse instead of spending the money to enforce and hold accountable those responsible for this theft, not only are we undermining the entire notion of a social safety net for the poor and working poor, but we encourage more of this kind of theft from the poor themselves, not to mention the taxpayers. It is a very serious thing. While Marion Wright Edelman is a hero in many ways, she and others need to encourage not discourage those on the Left to attack this sort of thing head on and not try to punish them -- as she did of Bill Clinton during Welfare Reform for example -- for trying to uphold the integrity of a very important notion for our Republic. We take care of the least of these. It is just this sort of thing, and all those much more minor examples on a daily basis, that has created such a rise in Trump-type support in Arkansas regarding government. They think it is all corrupt and that it corrupts the people who receive it and those in charge of administering it. This story might be the exception, not the rule, but in reality it just gives those wishing to do away with all of it more fodder. Democrats, be bold and do the right thing here. Republicans, work together w Democrats to reform instead of just yelling "eliminate" to the gallery for cheap applause. Both of you, just do right so poor people will not be stolen from nor those who work to pay the taxes for these programs.

Posted by Kevin Smith on 07/18/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “History of lynching: Arkansas lands atop another bad list

Todd your research is good. I did my own when some people were still living who remembered it. Thanks for contributing.

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Posted by Kevin Smith on 10/18/2016 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

You are a hero to me Betsy!

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Posted by Kevin Smith on 05/24/2016 at 6:58 PM

Re: “An open line: Plus an Arkie to the federal bench in Texas

Happy for Trey and Megan! What a quality choice!

Posted by Kevin Smith on 12/21/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Asa Hutchinson in full triangulating mode

Asa is flip flopping, but he is still same old Asa, still unable to get over 50%, and he has been on the ballot how many times since 1986? So the undecideds -- who just now are beginning to pay attention -- are looking for a reason to vote for Mike Ross and last night -- at the end -- those undecideds watching decided they liked Mike when he told the false teeth story. Even the Republicans in the audience thought it was funny and broke the partisan BS and laughed. His personality broke through, and he connected. Asa a front runner? Only once in his career has he ever been that, and it was up there where his church runs all the elections. So people are waiting to find that reason to vote for Mike. Last night many of them found that comfort level. If that continues, Mike will peak just at the right time.

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Posted by Kevin Smith on 10/08/2014 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Harrison, Ark., embarrasses itself again by refusing visit by delegation from Ghana

I am proud that my town of Helena was the first city in Arkansas to have a sister-city on the African Continent. Helena's Sister City is Moshi, Tanzania. It is the main city at the base of Kilimanjaro. Sub-Sahara Africa includes some of the fastest growing economies in the world according to a former Ambassador to Tanzania and Native of Helena, Brady Anderson.

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Posted by Kevin Smith on 08/24/2014 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Former state Rep. John Miller died Wednesday at 85.

A giant of a man.

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Posted by Kevin Smith on 06/19/2014 at 2:57 PM
  • Re: Turkeys drop, one dies in Yellville. Another proud day for Arkansas

    • What would be cool is if they dropped processed turkeys, like butterball, and gave them…

    • on October 22, 2017
  • Re: Saturday night live

    • Missing since October 3rd--Norma Bates! How could you abandon us Norma when you probably could…

    • on October 22, 2017
  • Re: 'Every day was a Tuesday'

    • Perceptions of being affected by Tuberculosis (TB) Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the…

    • on October 22, 2017

 

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