Editorial


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." [FULL TEXT]


Helpful hints for ballot box

Changing a constitution, even the state Constitution, is a serious labor for voters since it either authorizes government or the citizens to do something or else forbids them to do it forever, at least until the constitution can be changed again. Altering a constitution is supposed to be a rare event since it tampers with individual rights or with the structure and powers of government. [FULL TEXT]


Top award for 19th AW

The Air Force Historical Foundation recently presented its James H. Doolittle Award to the 19th Airlift Wing for its contribution to airpower for more than 80 years. It’s an amazing history from the early decades of air combat to the modern era. [FULL TEXT]


Voter ID law overturned

Sometimes the law is so clear that appellate courts seem almost superfluous. Anyone who could read could see that the Arkansas legislature violated the state Constitution over and over last year with the act that stopped people from voting if they did not submit official government-issued photographic proof that they were the person they claimed to be when they went to the polls or mailed their absentee ballots. [FULL TEXT]


Feisty debate in Jacksonville

Last night's debate at the Jacksonville Community Center between Mayor Gary Fletcher and his opponent, former Police Chief Gary Sipes, revealed the tensions that have been brewing in this race since the day Sipes resigned to run against his old boss. [FULL TEXT]


Parolee in rape case

Elderly abuse isn't talked about enough. But, when it is, we often hear about family members or caregivers who abuse older people physically and financially. [FULL TEXT]


How state will build schools

The new Jacksonville school district will need tens of millions of dollars from the state's Academic Facilities partnership program to build new schools, and, despite a $20 million infusion by the governor, the fund for that program is $65 million short for the next two years. [FULL TEXT]

 

Questions for debate

Pat O'Brien will moderate the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce's debate between Mayor Gary Fletcher and former Police Chief Gary Sipes at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Jacksonville Community Center. [FULL TEXT]


What's next for district?

By a resounding, overwhelming, huge, making-a-statement margin, Jacksonville residents have said loud and clear that they have had enough of second-class treatment under the Pulaski County Special School District and are ready to soar higher. [FULL TEXT]


New district is approved

It's finally happening - Jacksonville is getting its own school district. [FULL TEXT]


Vote Tuesday in Jacksonville

A standalone Jacksonville/north Pulaski school district is finally within our grasp. [FULL TEXT]


The mayor vs. ex-police chief

The Jacksonville mayoral race is heating up, with former Police Chief Gary Sipes gaining momentum and laying out several goals for the city if he is elected. [FULL TEXT]


The campaign here so far

If you have followed the Arkansas election ads you know that each party faces a single challenge. Republicans must overcome a philosophy problem, Democrats an Obama problem. [FULL TEXT]


Early voting (continued)

The Lonoke County Election Commission reversed itself on Friday and agreed to hold early voting at Cabot, Lonoke, Carlisle and England for the general election on Nov. 4. [FULL TEXT]


Health care costs falling

Call us suckers for good news, but can it hurt to celebrate some now and then in this sea of troubles? [FULL TEXT]


Still hauling after 60 years

The mighty C-130 Hercules reached a milestone Saturday, marking the 60th anniversary of its first flight at Burbank, Calif., on Aug. 23, 1954. [FULL TEXT]


Don't end early voting

Jacksonville voters will decide Sept. 16 on forming their own school district. They can vote early starting Sept. 9-Sept. 15 at the Jacksonville Community Center, William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock and the Pulaski County Regional Building in downtown Little Rock. [FULL TEXT]


Chamber is on board

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce's board of directors on Thursday voted to support the citys efforts aimed at getting its own school district ahead of a Sept. 16 election asking residents to break away from the Pulaski County Special School District. [FULL TEXT]


Ward's tax vote

Ward voters will decide in November if the city should raise its sales tax from 1 cent up to 2 cents. [FULL TEXT]


Pupils need recess break

Just when it seemed the Pulaski County Special School was doing right, it turns right around and does something stupid — it has taken away recess at the elementary level. [FULL TEXT]


School-year excitement

As students return to school on Monday and Jacksonville voters count down to Sept. 16 to form their own district, we can't recall a more exciting start to any school year. [FULL TEXT]


The future is up to us

We've said it before: Jacksonville puts "unity" in community. [FULL TEXT]


Benchmark: Plus, minus

The Leader has just finished running a three-part series taking an in-depth look at Benchmark scores, and, though there is some good news in the recently released information from the state, there are also disturbing trends. [FULL TEXT]


Good news for Arkansas

Governor Beebe and Davy Carter, the speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, rushed yesterday to get out statements claiming bragging rights for a bit of national good news for the state: Arkansas leads the nation in reducing the number of people who are not insured for sickness. [FULL TEXT]


Help walkers and bicyclists

As Cabot gears up for construction of the new North Interchange on Hwy. 67/167, adding two roundabouts on Lincoln Street near the high school and the beautification of West Main Street into downtown, city leaders and planners have overlooked an improvement that could help many people — adding a protected pedestrian and bicycle bridge onto the Hwy. 89/West Main Street overpass. [FULL TEXT]


Our air base safe, secure

Little Rock Air Force Base officials went into high alert last week when they received a report of a suspicious person on base. Fortunately, it was a false alarm. But, even if there had been just a 1 percent chance of a maniac loose, the authorities had no choice but to close the base for several hours. [FULL TEXT]


Achievements please schools

Talk about being the elite of the elite — Lonoke Middle School and Searcy's Ahlf Junior High are in sky-high company. [FULL TEXT]