Favorite

May the force be with them 

click to enlarge smart_talk2-1.jpg

April 6, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette readers got the last installment of Forces of Nurture, a column on mothering started in 2008 by staff writers Cindy Murphy and Cathy Frye. They said they'd be turning their attention to posts on their "mommy blog," littlerockmamas.com. On the blog, Murphy commented April 5, " Cathy and I are pretty heartbroken that the column has been canceled, but we've resolved to move forward and focus more of our energy on the website."

"Canceled"? That word wasn't used in the print farewell. Neither Frye nor Murphy responded when we inquired, specifically about rumors that political commentary, particularly a March 23 column by Frye, may have contributed to the cancellation decision.

Headlined "Everyone pays when states cut school aid," that column ripped Texas Gov. Rick Perry's "daft" finance plan because it could lead to teacher layoffs. She called out anti-union Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. She lamented low pay, crowded classrooms and a "growing willingness to address budget deficiencies by stiffing kids and schools."

Our point? Walter Hussman, publisher of the D-G, is not known for abundant warmth toward government spending or school teachers, particularly of the Education Association variety. Coincidental? Maybe. But though few of us here are in need of mommy advice, we think we'll miss the related commentary. Deputy Editor Frank Fellone declined our invitation to discuss the decision.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Tags:

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Latest in Smart Talk

  • Better than Texas

    Arkansas's tax system is slightly more friendly to the poorest people, but only slightly.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • Small-school champions

    Two Arkansas congressmen are among the 14 sponsors of a bill that would "correct" a provision of the federal school-funding formula they say favors large school districts over small districts.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • Bipartisan race

    The rise of Republicanism in Arkansas has brought a rare two-party race to the state Senate in Southeast Arkansas, traditionally a Democratic stronghold.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

September

S M T W T F S
  1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation