Favorite

The Week that Was, July 2-8 

It was a good week for …

 

ARKANSAS. The state will be spared a divisive and hateful campaign for a measure to severely restrict aid to immigrants. A petition drive to pass such a law fell short.

 

JULY 4. Temperature in the low 70s before sundown? If global warming means cooler summers in the torrid zone, we might be for it. A little bit.

 

BUDGETARY BREATHING ROOM. Arkansas ended its fiscal year June 30 with a surplus of about a quarter of a billion dollars. If money continues to come in ahead of forecast, there might be a chance to end the sales tax on groceries. Or to come up with some money for any number of worthy educational causes.

 

MUSIC. The National Symphony Orchestra announced it would take up residence at the University of Central Arkansas for a week in March and give 150 educational programs, including a series of concerts statewide.

 

It was a bad week for …

 

The UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS. The booming campus got a black eye — from secrecy about a $300,000 bonus for President Lu Hardin and for officials first saying the money came from private sources, rather than profits from the campus bookstore and food service.

 

The CITY OF LITTLE ROCK. The Democrat-Gazette reported that City Manager Bruce Moore had waived $130,000 in fees for a downtown construction project in the name of encouraging redevelopment. It would have been more defensible if the City Board, not a city administrator, had decided to waive the requirement of a city ordinance — and if it had been done before construction began.

 

TOLERANCE. Homophobes masquerading as Christians cooked up enough signatures — though many of them were bogus for petition purposes — to get more time to qualify an initiative for the ballot to make it impossible for unmarried couples to adopt or be foster parents. This will punish, first children, then both gay and straight people, too.

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

  • New episode of Rock the Culture podcast: 'Unify Our City'

    Perspective and conversation about the Washington Post exposé on the Little Rock Police Department’s use of no-knock warrants and a political radio ad alleging that black people should vote republican to avoid being lynched again. Guest: Little Rock Mayoral Candidate Frank Scott.
    • Oct 23, 2018
  • New episode of Out in Arkansas: 'T & A Talk'

    Out in Arkansas’s hosts Traci Berry and Angie Bowen talk about all the things...winter rescue, being kind...you know, all the things. Thank you for listening!
    • Oct 19, 2018
  • New episode of Out in Arkansas: 'T & A with Guest Dr. Racher, the Ninja Gyno'

    Out in Arkansas’s hosts Traci Berry and Angie Bowen are joined by Dr. Racher, the ninja Gyno. They talk about all the things that come with transitioning— at any phase of the spectrum and all of those special people in their lives who live through this transition with them.
    • Oct 11, 2018
  • More »

Latest in The Week That Was

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation