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Re: “Looking for gas under Greers Ferry

I am one of those homeowners whose peace and tranquillity has been destroyed at times by the too-close helicopters. I don't trust any company that makes it a point to bypass notifying the public of ANYTHING. Chesapeake did that for a reason and it's sneaky and frightening. Several days ago an article came out giving tentative relationship between the drilling activity and the recent earthquake activity. Living in this direct area myself, I have watched the truckers of this corporation tear up our roads, run us off the road (I mean that literally), disobey safe traffic laws, create high levels of noise at all hours, and generally act like a team of 7th grade football players in a tearoom. It's disturbing and I do not trust these companies and their activities. They seem to have little to no regard for the environment and the peace of mind and SAFETY of the people living here. Why should they? By the time anything dangerous is discovered, they will be long gone. They sweep into town like roughriders, tear it apart, make a killing, then they're off again. WE have to live with the fallout.

Posted by Teacups on 03/08/2011 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Beebe announces more lottery money

I'm 51 years old and have 52 hours (not including my nursing diploma) towards my degree with a 3.5 GPA. I applied in January, and got zip. Ten percent (that's TEN percent) of nontraditionals received a scholarship. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of young traditonal students who applied received one. I looked over the FOI list I got today and some GPAs were in the 2.5 range, with a stunning low number of earned college hours thus far. I am fed up and totally disgusted by the entire thing. The only thing standing in the way of higher education in Arkansas is the Department of Higher Education. Tell me it's not an age discrimination issue. I have a higher percentage chance of graduating with excellence and staying the course than a brand-new high school graduate who doesn't even know what they want to do with their life yet, and still got a scholarship. I love the hinky way they only publicized the preference scale - after the fact, conveniently never informing hopeful and highly-qualified applicants that preference would be given to math, sciences, engineering majors. I am majoring in one of the most critically needed areas in Arkansas, with a long-established and documented history of need. But they apparently don’t care about the needs of high-risk children and families, which my degree would directly help. I guess I committed the cardinal sin years ago when I left my senior year of high school to help out an ill (divorced, single) parent and went to work instead of college. I became a single parent myself later. After 30 years, this past Spring was the very first time I applied for a student loan. I’ve been paying for my education out-of-pocket, on a salary of less than $20,000 per year. Is it any surprise I could almost never do more than 3-6 hours per semester – when I could go at all? Just the past two years I have been finally able to financially step it up and go 9 hours. You are penalized for not doing a whole 12 hours, but you can’t afford to do 12 hours because you don’t have a scholarship, so you don’t get a scholarship to help you go 12 hours or more, ad finitum. Sounds like a self-defeating prophecy to me. Ah yes, only in Arkansas, where our favorite place is number 49 or above. And let’s not even get started on the irrefutable point that many of the degrees require a minimum of a master’s in order to be licensed (engineering, psychology, etc.). Arkansas have any ideas about that, other than to continue paving the highway for we students to go out of state to earn a master’s and Ph.D.? The whole thing stinks. Maybe Ernie Passailague, earning his cool third of a million a year, might help out we serious, academically-excellent older nontraditional students who have learned a thing or two about life and education and know precisely what we want to do with our degree. I'll put my experience, dedication, and knowledge and self-discipline up against almost any 18 year-old who was handed a scholarship on a silver platter, any day. Look at the retention / graduation percentage rate of schools like UALR. That should tell you something.

Posted by Teacups on 08/17/2010 at 5:55 PM


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