The week that was Dec. 15-21 


THE OBVIOUS. The Democrat-Gazette asked historians to opine and here’s their shocking verdict — the Clinton library exhibit on impeachment leans toward Bill Clinton’s viewpoint. The D-G would, of course, prefer Kenny Starr’s viewpoint. ROBBING THE POOR. Tax increment finance districts are now underway in Fayetteville, Rogers, Lowell, Johnson, Goshen and Bentonville. They have these things in common: 1) all are in the fastest growing, richest part of the state; 2) the poorest parts of the state will subsidize private development there because of a bad state law pertaining to TIFs. MOTORISTS. You can now drive from Texarkana to Fouke on a four-lane interstate highway. Next stop, Doddridge. In our lifetime, maybe, the Holy City — Shreveport. MURDER. Gov. Mike Huckabee gave another murderer freedom — the 12th murderer to get clemency in the Huckabee era. This one, Wade Stewart, doesn’t take responsibility for his victim’s death, only for wounding him. Stewart also has a poor prison disciplinary record. Your guess of the reason for clemency is as good as ours. The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL BOARD. It split along racial lines, and angered a black neighborhood, but it had no choice but to stop pumping money into the underused Mitchell Academy and move its students to better schools nearby. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

PEOPLE WITH AIDS. Rather than find a way to cure a budget shortage in a program to buy drugs for needy people with HIV/AIDS, the Huckabee administration instead plans to slash the number served by more than half. PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY. The SEC staff seems willing to let Tyson Foods buy its way out of an investigation into excessive perks for godfather Don Tyson by paying $1.7 million. No wrongdoing admitted, no details of insiders’ excesses released. This is chump change for a company famous for company-subsidized executive use of yachts, jets and resort living.

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