Favorite

Sick and helpless

ACORN, an organization that advocates for low- and moderate-income families, says it has found that nearly half (48 percent) of America’s private-sector workers have no guaranteed paid sick days, and more than three-fourths of low-wage workers have none. ACORN said it did a telephone survey of the nation’s top retailers and restaurants.

“Some of America’s best-known and most profitable companies deny even a single paid sick day to frontline hourly staff,” ACORN said.

The Little Rock office of ACORN said in a news release that the organization is calling on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would require employers of 15 or more to provide seven paid sick days a year for workers to use themselves or to care for a sick family member. The group also is supporting sick-days bills in several state legislatures.

“It is outrageous that people have to fear losing their jobs or losing a day’s pay because they get sick,” Maxine Nelson, chair of Arkansas ACORN, said.

Blogging Arkansas

It’s a natural, you might say — a blog with articles about places to visit in Arkansas. The state Parks and Tourism Department has one cranked up. It’s not a bad place to look for weekend outings, even if it unavoidably has a bit of a PR feel to it. We don’t expect them to issue warnings about bad restaurants, crummy festivals and overrated entertainment venues, for example.

Still, we checked out The Travel Blog (www.arkansas.com/blog) and found useful information on the new hiking trail around Lake Ouachita (including map); a haunted-house attraction in Eureka Springs; a ranch resort near Mountain Home, and lakeside dining in Hot Springs. Click it out.

Faces of history

Who was Florence Price? A new poster series, “Amazing Women Leaders of Arkansas,” published by the University of Arkansas Libraries, tells Price’s story and those of Sen. Hattie Caraway, aviator Louise Thaden, writer Charlie May Simon and basketball player Hazel Walker. The posters are being distributed free to teachers across Arkansas.

Back to Price: She was born in 1888 in Little Rock, and moved to Chicago in 1927 to study at the American Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Musical College. Her setting of Langston Hughes’ “Songs to the Dark Virgin” was critically acclaimed, and her symphonies were performed in Chicago, including her “Symphony in E Minor,” which was performed at the 1932 Chicago World’s Fair.

Posters are $25 for the general public. For more information, e-mail specoll@uark.edu or call 479-575-5577.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

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

« »

July

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 31  

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

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