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Be careful on school debt
Who wants to be known as a foe of higher learning? Certainly not us. Arkansas has underfunded its colleges and universities almost as badly as it has cheated its public schools for nearly all of the century and a half that the state has claimed to be offering a universal education. We know and mourn that.

Using kids in attack ads
Politicians always feign shock and disbelief at the depths to which their opponents will sink in their television advertising, but Mike Beebe has a point when he complains that Asa Hutchinson's latest ads exploit children for political advantage.

Snyder is the choice
No one as far as we know ever accused U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder of holding a wet finger to the winds before he voted or took a stand on a hot issue in a political campaign.

Debates over, so you decide
The televised debates among the statewide candidates have come to a close, making hardly a ripple in the opinion polls since the debates were followed mostly by political junkies who made up their minds long ago.

Huck makes Sooners mad
Gov. Huckabee's brief sojourn in Oklahoma last week to campaign for local Republican candidates explains better than anything else why he will never get far in the stakes for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.

Bring them to Arkansas
The swansongs of penitent congressmen caught up in the lobbying and page scandals would make a fine libretto for a modern opera. We need Kurt Weill or Bertolt Brecht to do it justice.


Eyewitness to uprising in Hungary
I'm going to write this week about an eyewitness to the Hungarian revolution–me.

First school since 1970s a possibility
Attorney Gen. Mike Beebe wants to build the first new school in Jacksonville in 30 years, and he thinks he can fund it with the state's surplus, although that's vanishing about as fast as last decade's federal surplusd

Honoring heroes in a time of terrorism
Sgt. Synnora Guinn of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department was decked out in her Scottish regalia and played "Amazing Grace" on her bag pipes at the ceremony Monday honoring America's heroes.

Bad guys will get hands on nukes soon
While talking to Israel's consul general not long before the fifth anniversary of 9/11, I realized that in his country, they commemorate such anniversaries just about every week.

War on terror begins right here at home
Little Rock Air Force Base will once again send several hundred men and women overseas for the war on terror.

Big George Brock still packs a punch
Big George Brock is a 74-year-old former heavyweight boxer who still packs a double punch as a powerful harmonica player and blues singer. His new CD, Round Two (Cat Head Records), follows last year’s successful Club Caravan, which was nominated for a Handy award.

Lawsuit aims to stop group
Members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., were again busy this week picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, but lawsuits filed by families who have lost their loved ones could stop the church group from taunting grieving relatives.

Sheikh, rattle and roll as war goes on
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, didn’t do the Lebanese any favors when he picked a fight with Israel. He’s still firing rockets into Israel, but look at the price he’s paying: Hundreds of his fighters dead, thousands more Lebanese civilians killed and injured and much of his country in ruins.

Beware: Lines are signs of WWIII
You can tell from the long lines of cars outside Little Rock Air Force Base that the nation is at war. Security is extremely tight, as it is throughout the country and at all U.S. military installations around the world.

Huckabee pardons another drunk
Gov. Huckabee blundered twice this week: He leased a brand-new Suburban at taxpayers’ expense for nearly $900 a month, the gold-plated version, no less, even though he has only six months left in office. What was wrong with the old one?

Down in Bentonia
For Sam Myers, 1935-2006 Down in Bentonia, Miss., deep in the Delta, a couple of fast-fingered bluesmen strummed their guitars and sang in a haunting falsetto, creating the Bentonia blues sound.












OCT. 28 , 2006

Luke Hessler, 4, plays with a giant inflatable Halloween Tigger in the front yard at 318 Ray Street in Cabot. Many other yards around area cities are decorated for theHalloweeen holiday.

Candidates in hot seat
IN SHORT: Berry defends his record during their debate as Cabot mayor says the congressman is ineffective, lacks character, accepts farm subsidies. [FULL TEXT]

Six lanes of highway may still be not enough
IN SHORT: The state Highway Department’s 15-lane proposal for I-630 conflicts with Metroplan’s six-lane maximum in central Arkansas. [FULL TEXT]

Officials vow fast returns
IN SHORT:Early voting gets off to quick start, Lonoke official predicts early night election eve. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot starts census next Thursday
IN SHORT:Seventy census workers will hit the streets Thursday, going door to door to acquire information from each household for Cabot’s special census. [FULL TEXT]

Extravaganza in the sky set next weekend
IN SHORT:Officials are expecting nothing short of a spectacular air show this year as Air Force and civilian flight teams give it their all. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot acts to join water cooperative
IN SHORT:Cabot Water and Wastewater Commission bought a seat on the board of the Lonoke/White Public Water Authority Wednesday night by voting to pay that new organization a $1 fee for each of its 9,000 customers. [FULL TEXT]


Jacksonville's Daniel Hubbard, 8, finds receiver Blake Mattison while under pressure Friday during the Red Devils 14-10 win.

Jacksonville clinches first conference title since ’93
IN SHORT: The Red Devils beat West Memphis 14-10 in a big 6A-East matchup Friday.

Cabot makes most of miscues
IN SHORT:The Cabot Panthers got back on the winning side of things with a 28-0 shutout on the road at Pine Bluff Friday night. [FULL TEXT]

SH ladies play well, but lose to Wildcats
IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills played well early on, but faded against the Lady Wildcats Thursday night. [FULL TEXT]

Big first half lifts Bears over Lions
IN SHORT:Sylvan Hills jumped out to a 20-0 lead and held on for their second 6A-East victory on homecoming. [FULL TEXT]

Badgers falter in last half
IN SHORT:Beebe lost a one-point halftime lead to lose 35-14 to Nettleton Friday. [FULL TEXT]


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