Editorials


Our lobbyists under attack

Democrats were not the only ones who wore long faces Wednesday morning when the full panoply of results from the general election were known. The saddest---and most shocked---people in Arkansas may have been the army of lobbyists who toil in the legislative and executive branches of government on behalf of their corporate employers.
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GOP sweeps into office

It's taken Arkansas Republicans almost 50 years to get here, flipping the state away from Democrats and joining the rest of the South solidly in the GOP column.
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Liquor vote:
You decide

If you believe that alcohol is the degradation of man and the ruin of families --- a notion with which we sometimes do not vigorously quarrel --- then you will want to vote against Ballot Issue 4, which legalizes liquor sales in currently dry counties.
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Vote to increase
minimum wage

Old canards never die; they don't even fade away. So it is that in 2014, with minimum-wage laws facing voters or legislatures, the cries go up, "My God, when you raise the minimum wage, you drive people out of jobs and hurt the economy."
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Lennox, Hutcherson on Blue Note; Impulse back

Annie Lennox's new CD, "Nostalgia," from Blue Note includes a stunning version of "Strange Fruit," an anti-lynching song usually associated with Billie Holiday, who recorded it in 1937.
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Is a life worth

a million dollars?

Almost half the parolees in Arkansas who serve a fraction of their sentences commit more crimes soon after they're freed.
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Killer at our front door

Arron Lewis stood near the front door at The Leader one evening last month, and he knocked on the big glass window when he realized the door was locked.
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Killer in Cabot's schools
3 times

Glen Martin Green, the killer serving a life sentence without parole, worked in Cabot schools three different times this year.
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Cabot ends prison labor in schools

After a report here Saturday that a convicted murderer worked at Cabot Junior High North last week as a prison trustee, school officials decided Monday to ban prison labor in the district. [FULL TEXT]

Killer worked at Cabot school gym

A murderer who is serving a life sentence without parole was installing a wall mat this week at the Cabot Junior High North gym as part of a prison work-release program. [FULL TEXT]

 

When firm's comptroller
steals $1.1M

AGL Corp., the small Jacksonville manufacturer of laser equipment used for construction around the world, had been struggling for years. The company had trouble making a profit. There were layoffs and rumors about the plant shutting down. [FULL TEXT]


Genocide threatens minorities

A huge humanitarian disaster was unfolding last month while the western world and much of the media looked away. They focused on a tiny area on the Mediterranean controlled by a group of Moslem fanatics, who have held their own people hostage while provoking another senseless war with Israel. [FULL TEXT]

Strategy put own people in line of fire

A ceasefire seems to be holding in Gaza after a month of hostilities that killed and wounded 10,000 Palestinians – while fewer than 100 Israelis were killed and injured – in the wake of another monumental Arab military failure. [FULL TEXT]

Her niece one plane ahead of fatal flight

Hedy Wuelling, who runs the Jacksonville Animal Shelter, follows the news of the downed Malaysian airliner on Dutch websites because she's from Holland. [FULL TEXT]


VA isn't the only problem

It's never a good time to visit a government office, where they're usually understaffed and busy. You might stand in line for 20 minutes at the post office, but you can always come back later — unlike thousands of sick veterans who sit for hours waiting for medical attention at VA hospitals. [FULL TEXT]


New records from Thelonious Monk, Rosanne Cash

Alfred Lion, a refugee from Nazi Germany, founded Blue Note Records in New York on Jan. 6, 1939, when he recorded the boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade (Lux) Lewis after hearing them at the historic "From Spirituals to Swing" concert at Carnegie Hall in New York the month before. [FULL TEXT]


Young girl asks Santa for a very special gift

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. [FULL TEXT]


For Cash, debut in the Rock

Rosanne Cash made her Little Rock debut at a soldout show Nov. 23 at South on Main Restaurant, which is bringing world-class performers to the southern end of downtown in the space where Juanita's used to be. [FULL TEXT]





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November 8, 2014


 

Bill Schoonover of Cabot, who is 93 years old, has been a member of the American Legion for 67 years. He recalls leaving boot camp in April 1943 and spending 31 days aboard a ship that took them to Australia and India. "Our camp was in the middle of the jungle. At night you could see jackals and lions from your tent," Schoonover said.


WWII veteran, 93, reflects

IN SHORT: Bill Schoonover of Cabot shares his experiences ahead of Veterans Day commemorations. [FULL TEXT]


Letter from the front

IN SHORT: A young soldier from Lonoke County, who became a judge and prosecutor, fought in World War. [FULL TEXT]

Private option needs lifeline in legislature

IN SHORT: Lawmakers will scrutinize funding for unique health insurance plan for working poor, but outgoing speaker says he remains optimistic it will survive. [FULL TEXT]




Cabot sophomore Jarrod Barnes carried 10 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' victory over Searcy on Thursday.



Big third gives Cabot win

IN SHORT: Searcy jumps out to 13-point lead early. [FULL TEXT]


Picks let Bruins pull out on Bears

IN SHORT: Pulaski Academy takes advantage of Sylvan Hills mistakes in first half, cruise. [FULL TEXT]


Red-White scrimmage at fast pace

IN SHORT: Jacksonville keeps it moving. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke rolls Riverview

IN SHORT: Jackrabbits sputter a bit on special teams, but offense impressive in victory over Raiders.
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Devils complete turnaround, qualify for playoffs

IN SHORT: Jacksonville closes season on three-game winning streak. [FULL TEXT]



Harps donates to Lonoke County Christian Clinic
Lonoke County Christian Clinic coordinator Becky True and pharmacy director Jerry Jones accept a check for $2,500 on Tuesday from Cabot Harps Foods store manager Jerry Davenport (right). The money was raised during the Harps charity golf tournament held in August in Rogers. The Lonoke County Christian Clinic on 502 Richie Road in Cabot is open at 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The clinic offers free dental, medical and pharmacy services to Lonoke County residents who meet financial guidelines and have no insurance. Call 501-605-5600 for an appointment. The clinic has been open since 2011.


Mystery of women's prison

IN SHORT: Daffodils planted uniformly, foundations buried 4 feet in the ground and the tale of one inmate who was likely the victim of a corrupt system are all that remain of the Arkansas State Farm for Women prison near Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

 

Bridging the Gap Resale Shop opens for business

IN SHORT: Bridging the Gap Resale Shop in Lonoke held its grand opening on Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]


CASA fundraising dinner

IN SHORT: Advocacy group to held event for Lonoke County abused kids. [FULL TEXT]