The week that was, March 2-8, 2005 

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE. He completed the Little Rock Marathon with a disciplined run averaging just over 10 minutes a mile for the 26.2-mile course. We readily admit it. His example will inspire others. FIRST LADY JANET HUCKABEE. Bad back and all, she walked the marathon course at a not-at-all-shabby 17 minutes a mile. She was another testament to the good life. LITTLE ROCK. The marathon was another success — a glorious day with nearly 4,000 runners, about half of them from out of state. HOMECOMING. Significant numbers of Arkansas’s 39th Infantry Brigade have begun returning home from Iraq, their year of service done. PORK. Arkansas legislators have filed more than a thousand bills to pay for little projects back home, enough cumulatively to spend many times over the general construction fund. And that fund isn’t enough as it is to fund more than a fraction of public school construction needs. First things first for the legislature. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR … POLITICS. Twenty months out, yet another anti-abortion crusader, Andy Mayberry, announced his opposition to U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder. Mayberry, wearing a U.S. flag lapel pin overlaid with a cross, said he’d base his campaign on the values of the fictional Mayberry of TV comedy fame. It’s a town, several were quick to note, with no black people and a suspiciously high number of men without wives and women without husbands. And its stars — Andy Griffith and Ron Howard — support Democrats. As Gomer might say, Shazam! WATER. The fate of Central Arkansas Water’s ability to control development in the Lake Maumelle watershed remains in doubt. Deltic Timber continues to pressure for a legislative takeover of development control or a Water Commission capitulation to its development of some 200 homes.

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