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Early loan payoff by Big River Steel 'boom' for state

LEGISLATORS QUIETLY IN AWE THAT ‘BIG TICKET’ PROJECTS DO WORK TO GROW ECONOMY

Subscriber onlyLet me start out by saying a small news item that was less than 6 inches long, including the headline, made big news down at the Capitol in Little Rock recently. Continue reading...

Letter to the Editor

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'Safeguards' to fix state prison problems

MORE CELLS, MORE GUARDS ARE NOT THE QUICK ANSWER TO EXPLOSIVE NATURE OF LOCKUPS

Subscriber onlyFinally, it seems, the problems in the Arkansas Department of Correction are coming to the public light. Continue reading...

Football perspectives -- without the controversy

Subscriber onlyYou've probably heard enough about standing or not standing for the national anthem before pro football games, so we will not delve into that today. Continue reading...

Show mercy not malice to those who suffer

Subscriber onlyI was holding my mother's hand when she died. She shuddered one last breath, then exhaled and was still. The room was eerily silent. The heart monitor stopped chirping. I had waited alone by her hospital bed holding her hand, her fingers now cool and pale. I began to thank the Lord for her life. Tears flowed down my cheeks; sorrow mixed with joy. I knew where Mom was. Death was merciful as her body expired. I would see her again! When the nurse came in, I leaned on her shoulder and sobbed. Continue reading...

Letter to the Editor

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Recalling lawnmowers -- old and new

Subscriber onlyLawn mowing is big business. I'm often impressed with the number of pick up trucks I see pulling trailers loaded down with mowers, trimmers, edgers and other lawn care tools. Even in our one neighborhood, there must be at least a dozen lawn services regularly mowing lawns for the folks who live here. These machines are not the kind of $100 to $200 lawn mowers that I have used most of my time over the past 50 years. These are multi-thousand dollar machines, with as much power as the Ford tractor we once farmed our land with in the 1950s, outfitted with many cutting blades, and able to cut as wide a swath as our old horse-drawn field mower used to cut in the hay field. I know from visiting with friends who offer lawn mowing and other lawn care services that sustaining a lawn care business is a major financial investment and a significant management challenge. Continue reading...