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Updated on August 11, 2011 at 2:56 PM

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Re: “Enrollment begins in Arkansas insurance exchange

Come to the Laman Library in North Little Rock today from 10 until 2 to sign up for affordable health care insurance.

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Posted by lenstern on 11/15/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Enrollment begins in Arkansas insurance exchange

In-person Assisters will be at Laman Library North Little Rock today from 10-2 to help folks enroll.

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Posted by lenstern on 11/15/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Without an infusion of cash and a structural overhaul, the Arkansas public school employee health insurance plan won't survive

Fancypants, thank you for your comments. As someone who is involved in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, I've been watching the public school employee insurance debacle with interest. It remains to be seen whether educators could get a significantly better plan (cost/benefits) through the Exchange. Computer glitches - it's a very complicated organism. Most critical thinkers know the plan was modeled after a scheme cooked up by the Heritage Foundation. Real pinko leftists slam the plan because it isn't a single payer system.

I congratulate Mr. Hardy on an excellent article, well researched and filled with valuable information. One question: can classified school employees at or below 138% eligible for a family plan, or are they under the same restrictions as above. Thanks.

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Posted by lenstern on 10/09/2013 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Bobby Rush to headline King Biscuit Blues Festival

Bonnie Raitt...now that's what I call a headliner.

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Re: “Rise and shine at new Early Bird

I like his attitude.

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Posted by lenstern on 04/25/2012 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Tougher Lake Maumelle land use plan approved in committee

This is the latest position statement from Occupy Little Rock:

It’s not a water issue, although water is involved.

It’s not a property rights issue, though Deltic Timber and their lobbying arm Americans for Prosperity and their owner, Koch Brothers Industries, would like you the believe that.

The issue is urban sprawl, the developers mania for extending the city limits beyond the limit for a sustainable, vibrant city.

Like Chenal Valley, suburban sprawl stretches city and county resources because the Chambers of Commerce, real estate agents, homebuilders and of course, mortgage banks want growth and more growth at any cost.

Go out to Chenal Valley and see what’s there: congested streets, new police substations, schools, pipelines, everything new and shiny.

And what’s happening to our city and county government? Cutbacks in city services; police and fire budgets stretched to the limit; schools gone wanting; and marginal neighborhoods in decline. Urban sprawl is a dagger thrust into the heart of a city.

This watershed issue is all about the money. Money Deltic Timber will make from developing their land in the watershed. And the money all of us, taxpayers and water customers, will pay to subsidize a few gated communities spilling their chemicals, sewage and garbage into our drinking water.

We are for no development.

But, we also know we are late to the table. Right now there is an amended version of the watershed plan before the Quorum Court. The amended plan limits the number of structures to 7,000 instead of the 39,000 in the most recent plan.

The Amended Plan gives us some chance to save the Maumelle Basin, the source of our water and enable us to live to fight another day. It will require Deltic to certify water quality before building more homes.

A No vote, eliminating any zoning at all, would be a disaster and it’s what Deltic and the Koch Brothers want. With no zoning, Deltic could have its way with the watershed and nobody could stop them.

So I invite you to join with us to Occupy the Quorum Court, this Tuesday, December 20 at the County administration building, where we will push back against the 1% of Americans who control everything and game the system in their favor.

We will stand up for 99% who are sick and tired to being robbed of what little wealth we have, robbed of our natural resources and quality of life, robbed of our personhood and right to clean, low cost water.

Call your justice of the peace and tell them you are for the AMENDED PLAN.

Posted by lenstern on 12/18/2011 at 12:57 AM

Re: “Maumelle group corrects Farm Bureau

Tonight's administration meeting leading up to the Big Showdown at the QC Corral on December 20 provides an interesting insight into the gaming system employed by the powers-that-be. Most present were the property owners, white ladies crying about their property rights. If the current zoning proposal passes, they contend, these good, freedom-loving Americans will be forced to conduct an engineering study before building a swing set in the backyard for the grandchildren. The horror. Lori White, head honcho for the Pulaski County Property Owners Coalition was seen conferring with her "personal lobbyist" Brent Stevenson. Earlier Max called Brent out for not registering as a lobbyist for the Property Owners. Tonight, Lori was quick to point out that he was her personal lobbyist. Must be nice. I am not being snide, but will point out the Brent Stevenson has many clients, one of which is Deltic Timber. Stevenson was seen confabbing with all the major players, including representatives from the Farm Bureau who were, no doubt, there to safeguard Monsanto's interests. Earlier that day, the Farm Bureau sent out a letter stating their opposition to the Plan, listing other organizations who also opposed the plan. They went so far as to include Occupy Little Rock in the list. Imagine that. The Farm Bureau and the Occupy Hippies breaking bread. I understand the Occupiers posted a message on the Bureau's Facebook page about their planned Occupation of the Quorum Court. It stayed up about two minutes. So much for unity. The list of those opposing the plan trudged forward: Metroplanners, Realtors, Occupiers, Property Owners, and the Farm Bureau. Proponents included Central Arkansas Water and the League of Women's Voters. On the outside, the Sierra Club entered a no show. In the end, an amendment was tagged to the proposal, instigated by Kathy Wells of the Coalition of Little Rock Neighborhoods, an ardent proponent for keeping the housing count at 7,000 as opposed to the current plan which would allow Deltic to build up to 39,000 structures in the Basin. Result - they amended the plan and it will have to be passed by the Zoning Commission before reaching the Quorum Court on the 20th. So where is Deltic Timber in all this? We'll see. Their best-case scenario is no zoning at all. Second best is that the Court pass the current plan without the amendment sharply limiting density. Deltic's pants would catch on fire if the whole plan was scrapped and the process begun again. Maybe, now that the public is alerted to how much their precious water is endangered, and how much it will cost the County to service another chunk of suburban development, whether Deltic will ultimately get what it wants: license to rape and pillage our natural resources. I wonder if Deltic Timber and their cohorts lounging around the pool at the Alotian Country Club (do they have a pool there, I wouldn't know) would accept a zoning plan that benefits everyone in Pulaski County and not just their fat billionaire asses.

Posted by lenstern on 12/14/2011 at 3:02 AM

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