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Re: “Sen. Joyce Elliott questions changes for Arkansas Governor's School

I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I fell asleep with leaders like Bumpers, Pryor, and Clinton, all of whom made great strides to elevate Arkansas from its standard spot at #50 in terms of education.

I woke up to an Arkansas Legislature with a Judiciary Committee full of homers without law degrees.

I would love to think that the input of experienced people could somehow influence the BOE in its decision about AGS, but I've come come to accept that our current crop of Arkansas leaders feel the need to give equal time to voices that hover near the border of being designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty law Center.

Sadly, I expect the rubber stamp treatment for the AGS decision, and I predict that a higher percentage of AGS attendees at A-Tech will flee rapidly beyond the state's borders after high school graduation.

Wake me up again if I'm wrong.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 09/11/2018 at 2:33 AM

Re: “Sen. Joyce Elliott questions changes for Arkansas Governor's School

I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I fell asleep with leaders like Bumpers, Pryor, and Clinton helping Arkansas leave its 50th place in matters of education and progressive policies, only to wake up to an Arkansas Legislature with a Judiciary Committee full of homers without law degrees.

I'd love to think that rational input from experienced folks might influence the BOE decision on the AGS issue. Unfortunately, lunacy reins in the Natural State. Groups that hover near the borderline of being declared a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center are somehow considered worthy of time on the agenda.

Wake me up if I'm wrong, but Governor's School at A-Tech is bound to assure that most attendees run like hell for the state borders just after graduation.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 09/11/2018 at 2:22 AM

Re: “Former Governor's School leader objects to change in nature, location of program

I've commented about this extensively in response to another article, but I'll add these practical considerations:

1) If it ain't broke, don't fix it. These suggestions of intellectual bias, favoritism to a certain college, or prejudice against certain viewpoints reflect culture war nonsense and jealousy.

2) Do not underestimate the value of holding the program on a campus that has no summer school for college students. Placing 300 high school minors in a 5 week residential program is challenging enough socially. (I can think of no couple who lasted more than 5 minutes hiding behind a hedgerow or slipping into an opposite sex dorm without being rounded up and scattered by the campus staff at Hendrix).

Now add a significant population of college students to that mix, and consider the impact upon enforcement of very important rules. :)

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Posted by redeemed626 on 09/09/2018 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Arkansas flouts the Supreme Court on mental exams in capital cases

As an attorney who has practiced law in Arkansas for twenty five years, I sometimes wonder what the hell happened to the state that once elected leaders I admired.

But nothing pains me more than the unfortunate confluence of events that has turned the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals into an institution that rates among the highest nationally for Republican appointees. Even the honest and dedicated Federal District Judges in Arkansas must bow to a Court that is a shadow of its once great self.

As for the Arkansas Supreme Court, I shouldn't say what I really think.

A ninth grader can be made to understand that capital cases are handled more effectively and more justly if a defendant has adequate counsel at trial, adequate counsel for his or her appeals, and adequate resources to pursue both at all stages.

That won't happen if Justices sworn to protect the Constitution, and who were elected by the people of Arkansas (because as candidates, they were good boys and girls with families and church memberships), wind up expressing judicial decisions that would make a stone cold killer/political operative proud.

I might feel better about it if the Justices had the same attitude about punishing the members of the Legislature who commit cold blooded murder by removing poor people from the Medicaid rolls. Those policies will easily kill more Arkansans than Ronald Gene Simmons.

I'm a blast at parties. Bar meetings, not so much.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 09/08/2018 at 2:26 AM

Re: “Ivory Bill sighting in Siloam Springs

While this is a clever metaphor for what I'm sure is a fine establishment, there are likely older members of the Audubon society who had to call 9-1-1 after reading the article's title.

Posted by redeemed626 on 09/08/2018 at 2:08 AM

Re: “Governor's School may move to Tech, and Rapert is hot about it

As a Governor's School alum from decades ago, who traveled afar to college, before returning to Hendrix, there is both irony and sadness in this decision.

The irony is that religious wackadoodles like Rapert have been trying to divorce Hendrix from Governor's School since the Huckabee Administration.

The sadness is that those five summer weeks at Hendrix might be the closest thing to the liberal arts that a substantial number of those best and brightest Arkansas students will ever experience.

I'm sure A-Tech is a fine institution, but I hope they don't turn the program into vo-tech or a trade school, like many of Arkansas' public colleges. And I've always feared what would happen if the Baptists or the Church of Christ ran the show.

Questions like "what do you know for sure" are great questions. Walking to class and finding a flag planted in the ground that says "This is reality" seem hilarious at first, but finding another flag the next day that says "No, THIS is reality" is thought provoking.

As someone who grew up on a tomato farm but went on to obtain a law degree, I still chuckle when I remember that it was a shocked Governor's school instructor who enlightened 17 year old me to the notion that it was not always legal to shoot a trespasser. :)

I'll never forget HRC's "Blue Ribbon Education Committee" visit of 1983. As she spoke to the combined 300 or so in attendance, her mouth was was more agape than anybody I've ever seen as she wrote copious notes about the wild tales the state's nerds had to tell about high school football coaches having glass and nails poured in their driveways.

It still makes me slightly imbalanced to consider the damage that the right wing media did to the reputation of a life long public servant.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 09/01/2018 at 1:38 AM

Re: “Acxiom to sell data business for $2.3 billion

Why does it seem like that Arkansas took a giant step backwards when Karl Rove discovered Arkansans were one or two issue voters?

I'm still trying to figure out why we dumped long tenured members of the U.S. Senate for Cotton and Bozoman.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 07/04/2018 at 12:37 AM

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