The Leader

Why Beebe is the choice
For men with such disparate careers and political philosophies, Mike Beebe and Asa Hutchinson hold remarkably similar views on the issues that they have chosen to address, except, that is, the other's character and record.

Halter for lite governor
Think about it this way. Neither Bill Halter nor Jim Holt will do much harm or much good when they preside over the Arkansas Senate, which is the only constitutional duty that a lieutenant governor has, but he might be the acting governor for a few hours or a few days sometime.

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.


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.












NOV. 1 , 2006

Lonoke County election official Phyllis Arnold (bottom left) checks identification of Ron and Olie Dankert (at right) as they prepare to cast their votes early at the Lonoke County Courthouse. The early-voting turnout may reach a record high.

Candidates trade barbs
IN SHORT:Lonoke presecuting attorney lashes out against her challenger, who has accused her of doing a poor job in office. [FULL TEXT]

Early voting heads for a record
IN SHORT: Voters like the convenience of electronic balloting before Election Day, although some voters in Cabot must use paper ballots because of a mixup.[FULL TEXT]

AARP tells voters: Be informed
IN SHORT:Myers: Learning where candidates stand on the issues behind AARP's "Don't Vote" campaign.[FULL TEXT]

Air Force lieutenant winner of pageant
IN SHORT:Former Miss Air Force 2003, 2nd Lt. Kelly George, 24, deputy chief of the 314th Airlift Wing's Strategic Information Flight, was crowned Miss Arkansas USA Saturday night in the Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. [FULL TEXT]

More planes are headed for air base
IN SHORT:Little Rock Air Force Base is projected to get more than a dozen additional C-130J cargo aircraft and possibly some of the Air Force's 100 joint-cargo aircraft.[FULL TEXT]

Lonoke race for sheriff is down to wire
IN SHORT:Finger-pointing marks the third race between Lonoke County Sheriff Jim Roberson and challenger Charlie Martin. [FULL TEXT]

City set to clear land for library
IN SHORT:City council will approve bids Thursday night to demolish an abandoned gas station and other buildings on acreage set aside for the new $2.5 million public facility that will become a centerpiece.[FULL TEXT]


Jacksonville coach Mark Whatley talks with his players during the Red Devils' win over Searcy earlier this season.

Devils playing for top seed
IN SHORT:Jacksonville must knock off the Marion Patriots to win an outright conference title and earn the No. 1 playoff seed in the state tournament.

Panthers hoping to step it up in playoffs
IN SHORT:?The Cabot Ladies volleyball team is in Fort Smith today for the first round of the state tounament. They face Fayetteville today at noon.[FULL TEXT]

Jackrabbits need to win to advance
IN SHORT: Friday's game between Lonoke and Newport will decide the final 2-4A berth.FULL TEXT]

Cabot, Cyclones playing for pride
IN SHORT:The Panthers can't make the playoffs, but still want to finish the season with a winning record despite adversity.[FULL TEXT]


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