to pay bills,
so it cuts back
C-130J program is the latest casualty of the war in Iraq. As we
reported here on Saturday, the Defense Department could soon halt
production of the new airlifter, saving $5 billion. Little Rock
Air Force Base will get seven C-130Js rather than the 16 it was
scheduled to receive, and construction plans for an additional training
center have been halted at a savings of $26.5 million.
job in Iraq
soldiers from Arkansas flew home last week from Iraq for a couple
of weeks of vacation.
got on an airplane in Kuwait and flew to Ireland and then went on
to Dallas, where they caught a commuter flight to Little Rock. Specialist
Jordan Lackie of DeValls Bluff was one of the soldiers flying home.
He's only 18, but he's a big fellow, and he was the only soldier
who didn't seem tired.
friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they'd
put an ad in the paper at Christmas-time, saying that for $2 you
could have Santa come to your place.
prey on military and working poor
state Supreme Court on Thursday could put the so-called payday lenders
out of business in Arkansas.
Consumer advocates are challenging Act 1216 of 1999 that allows
predatory lendin in the state with rates as high as 650 percent.
should get down to work
The openings of regular legislative sessions are
always fine days, full of mutual admiration, optimism and promises
of cooperation and consultation, but we hope we are not amiss in
detecting a more genuine attitude in the beginning hoopla at Little
Rock this week. It needs to be because to achieve the big goals
that both legislators and Gov. Huckabee outline will require higher
taxes and public debt. Harmony alone won't get those done but it
doesn't want to lead_After
eight years, Gov. Huckabee's style of governing remains far beyond
our grasp. It is a model that we frankly have never witnessed anywhere
else, at least not in the higher councils of government.
put off facilities funding
legislators are talking about postponing until a special session
next year any consideration of the school facilities issue because
it is just too complicated for the regular session, where lawmakers
will have to wrestle with 3,000 bills. House Speaker Bill Stovall,
D-Quitman, said representatives were enlisting his support for the
postponement but that he was undecided. [FULL
is blowing smoke
college presidents and their trustees, the latter all appointed
by Gov. Huckabee, must have been cheered the other day by the master's
pep talk, in which he invited them to join him in a crusade to fatten
their budgets by nearly $55 million next year. But the wisest of
them knew just how little the governor's heartening words were worth.[FULL
fad drains school resources
IN SHORT>>> What
you don't know really can hurt you, and it usually does if it gets
into the Arkansas Constitution. Four years ago, voters ratified
Amendment 78. If most voters understood anything at all about the
intricate proposal, which was written by bond lawyers, they thought
they were giving city and county governments the power to incur
short-term debt so that they could buy equipment and pay for it
over a span of up to five years. [FULL
Huckabee can cut more
Huckabee is shocked --shocked!-- that a few of the 57 small Arkansas
school districts that were consolidated this year are engaging in
a little featherbedding...
indications are that Donald W. Qualls of Morrilton, Ark., is just
as patriotic as President Bush, under whose aegis he is putting
his life on the line every day at an outpost near Baghdad. . [FULL