Pulaski County too generous
These Tea Party people sometimes have a good point. The partiers planned to storm the Pulaski County Quorum Court meeting last week to protest a plan to give county workers, including the Quorum Court members themselves and other elected officials, a 4 percent pay raise. [FULL TEXT]

Legislature heard from
As you would expect in this season of discontent, taxes will be on the minds of Arkansas legislators when they assemble in January. They will be talking about tax cuts rather than increases, but that is not necessarily a good thing. Impetuous tax cuts can imperil fairness and solvency. The Arkansas tax system already is grossly unfair and barely supports a weak program of services. [FULL TEXT]

Lottery blunders
Every time we see him in the papers or on TV, lottery czar Ernie Passailaigue bears a baffled expression as if he’s thinking, “What in the world is going on?” [FULL TEXT]

Insurance that's cheap
Andy Harris, a Maryland physician who got elected to the U. S. House of Representatives three weeks ago, struck a blow last week for the new health-insurance reform law, although it was entirely unintentional. Harris ran against and said he would vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which seeks to extend health insurance to everyone. [FULL TEXT]

Uphill climb for road plan
The state Highway and Transportation Department picked a fine time to get into a financial bind, in the dismal train of the worst economic decline in 70 years, but then hasn’t it nearly always been in a financial bind? [FULL TEXT]

Earmarks help development
Was that a lot of good news for central Arkansas yesterday? The Little Rock National Airport broke ground for a $50 million expansion and modernization, which Governor Beebe called a shot in the arm for economic development. [FULL TEXT]

Panama president
ex-UofA roommate

John Mason, a Jacksonville real estate broker, was in Fayetteville with his wife Ien for homecoming weekend on Oct. 30, when the Razorbacks played Vanderbilt. [FULL TEXT]

Our error given wide circulation
We’ve received lots of calls, comments and complaints over an error in Wednesday’s paper about a Christmas program in Cabot. [FULL TEXT]

Comparing pardons
by governor

Did you see Gov. Beebe’s latest list of pardons? Last week, he announced his intent to pardon a handful of small-time criminals, emphasis on small-time. [FULL TEXT]

POWs recall their
World War ordeal

The former POWs who were shot down over Romania during the Second World War arrived at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History in their tour bus a little after 11 a.m. Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

Annexation plan: Many in area say they're against it
People who live north of Jacksonville near Hwy. 67/167 met at a church Monday evening to fight the city’s plan to annex the area.[FULL TEXT]

Lighthouse plans to build middle and high schools
The headline in Saturday’s Leader: “Cabot schools about to hit 10,000.”[FULL TEXT]

J’Accuse: Smearing
of general

Air Force Gen. John D. Lavelle, who died more than 30 years ago, after he was falsely accused of insubordination, is a four-star general again. [FULL TEXT]

Petraeus salutes
camp liberators

It was 65 years ago Monday that Beryl Wolfson helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp in southeastern Germany.

Marker recalls fire at Twist

There's finally a marker honoring B.B. King in Twist in Cross County, where the great blues singer escaped from a fire at nightclub with his guitar and named it Lucille.

Justice Jim fought tough final battle
Arkansas bloggers were the first with the news of Justice Jim Johnson’s suicide over the weekend. The local TV news on Sunday ignored his passing, probably because no one in the newsroom knew who he was. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot man in raid
on POW camp in 1970
Mst. Sgt. Paul Poole, who helped to liberate Americans from a Vietnamese prison camp, died last week. [FULL TEXT]

Trial could get Muhammad
his death wish

Last June, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad killed a soldier from Conway and injured another soldier from Jacksonville in front of a recruiting station in Little Rock.

What a little girl asked
from Santa

When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they'd put an ad in the paper at Christmastime, saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place.

Tuskegee legend
at holiday reception

A tall elderly man stood in a far corner in a large banquet room at Little Rock Air Force Base on Sunday afternoon during the holiday reception hosted by the wing commanders.

Gas shut off
as hospital bills pile up

A couple in Beebe have been without heat for several months after the natural-gas company took out their meter because they were not paying their bills.

Huckabee our worst governor?
Who is Arkansas’ worst governor? Is it Orval Faubus, who defied federal authorities i in 1957, when he wouldn’t allow nine black students to attend Central High School in Little Rock? He brought shame and ridicule on the whole state, but at least no one was killed. Or is Mike Huckabee our worst governor ever?



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Dec. 1, 2010

Most wonderful time of the year
Cabot Alderman Ann Gilliam (front), a volunteer with the Christmas in Cabot Committee, and Nancy Cohea, the group’s secretary, put up the final holiday decorations at city hall on Tuesday ahead of the two-day Christmas celebration set for Friday and Saturday.

Hopson takes heat from teachers
Against the wishes of Superintendent Charles Hopson, the Pulaski County Special School Board decided Tuesday evening to have a budget and contract workshop Dec. 13, then consider the long-overdue contracts and raises for teachers and support staff at the regular meeting the next night. [FULL TEXT]

Shredding dustup before high court
IN SHORT: The 17 Pulaski County circuit judges overstepped their authority two weeks ago when they ordered Pulaski County Circuit Clerk Pat O’Brien to stop shredding papers as part of his effort to digitalize courthouse records, O’Brien said in an appeal filed Monday with the Arkansas Supreme Court. FULL TEXT]

In Cabot, planning a priority to Cypert
IN SHORT: Bill Cypert, who won the runoff election for Cabot mayor last week against former Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh, is getting ready for his new job. FULL TEXT]

Bird sanctuary giving raptors second chance
IN SHORT: Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas in El Paso unveiled its new eagle flight pen on Tuesday and released two red-tailed hawks back into the wild. FULL TEXT]

A swarm of Harding Academy defenders gang tackle a Bald Knob runner during the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs. The Wildcats are heading into the semifinals to face Fountain Lake after defeating Rison.

Short runs, big result
IN SHORT: Seth Keese has completed his share of big passes and had his share of rushes for big gains, but it was a quartet of short-yardage runs for Harding Academy’s senior quarterback that made the biggest difference Friday. [FULL TEXT]

Cobras returning to scene of loss seeking revenge
Fountain Lake travels to Searcy to face the Harding Academy Wildcats at First Security Stadium on Friday. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Red Devils are young but talented
IN SHORT: Early success for the Jacksonville Lady Red Devils has come thanks to an inside job. [FULL TEXT]

Editor still not ready to eat his words over Hogs, yet
IN SHORT: Less than a year ago, I took a little heat when I wrote in this space that as long as the Arkansas Razorbacks play in the SEC, the best they can hope for is an average 7.5 victories a year and a decent bowl game. [FULL TEXT]




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