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Achieving fairer taxes
It may seem beggarly or simply perverse to suggest new taxes when the state is building a surplus that will approach $1 billion by the end of this fiscal year.

Big chance for Berry
His party will run both houses of Congress in January and Rep. Marion Berry’s big issue — prescription drugs — also is at the top of the Democratic agenda. Berry aroused great expectations in the election because he has often been the party’s point man on health issues. We will see his mettle now.

Strengthen ethics law
Did the big developers out west corrupt the central Arkansas water supply and we missed it? How else to account for still another grabby public official and another agency with lax ethical impulses? It seems epidemic.

Roberts sets an example
Here’s a small news item that missed the regular prints last month: Admirers of the marvelous work of Bobby Roberts, the director of the Central Arkansas Library System, conducted a broad but muted fund-raising effort to outfit a conference hall in the new Arkansas Studies Institute and name it after Roberts.

One more look back
All politics is local, the proverb goes, but in some elections a universal spirit guides the result from sea to sea.


Robert Junior Lockwood, RIP
Robert Junior Lockwood, the last of the great Arkansas Delta bluesmen, died this week in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 91 after suffering a stroke earlier this month.

General who served here runs mobile war center
A group of airmen inside a metal building near the flightline at Little Rock Air Force Base were talking shop while they stood near several covered pallets of cargo last week, when Gen. Scott Gray, commander of Air Mobility Warfare Center at Fort Dix, N.J., walked in.

Vote count disaster for Bush, GOP
Few Republicans expected this year’s mid-term elections would go their way, but Tuesday’s results are worse than any of the polls had predicted.

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.













NOV. 29, 2006

Kelly Kolbinske (right) makes his Christmas tree selection from Ron Laforest while talking on the cell phone Tuesday at Anderson Tree Lot at Highway 107 and North Hills Boulevard in Sherwood.

Runoff races decide winners
IN SHORT: Austin Mayor Chamberlain and Searcy Mayor LaForce are re-elected, while Michael Lincoln is elected White County judge. [FULL TEXT]

County, city are at odds over jail
IN SHORT: Expansion plans in Lonoke County create tension between local, county officials. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot to see budget cuts
IN SHORT: City facing a $1 million shortfall as carryover from previous years keeps falling and may hinder police and firefighters. [FULL TEXT]

District seeks insurance help
IN SHORT: With no word yet from Great American Insurance Co. of Ohio on when or how much money the Cabot School District will get to begin rebuilding Cabot Junior High North, Cabot School District Supt. Frank Holman spent Monday and Tuesday in Little Rock asking legislators and state officials what can be done to speed up the settlement process. [FULL TEXT]

Hunters share bounty with poor
IN SHORT: Donations of extra meat have provided more than one million meals to the needy. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville sophomore Antwain Lockhart, 44, blocks the shot of North Pulaski’s Quinn Cooper while Red Devil guard Antwain Robinson helps defend Tuesday night during the Red Devils’ 55-43 victory over their crosstown rival Falcons. The Lady Red Devils also won against the Lady Falcons 52-17.

Red Devils outrun Falcons
IN SHORT:Jacksonville ran away in the third quarter of a fast-paced game against North Pulaski Tuesday night in the Devils’ Den at JHS. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot sweeps SH at Ortho
IN SHORT: Both the Panthers and the Lady Panthers advanced to the winners bracket of the CAC tourney. [FULL TEXT]

Falcons, Devils get wins Monday
IN SHORT: North Pulaski and Jacksonville boys picked up conference wins Monday to precede rivalry showdown next Monday. [FULL TEXT]

Wildcats and Saints don’t play favorites
IN SHORT: Harding Academy’s and Shiloh Christian’s coaches don’t give much thought to favorites and underdogs for the semifinal matchup Friday. [FULL TEXT]


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