pass for state inmates possible=Prisons
are overcrowded, but the Legislature is not ignoring the problem.
At least two bills address the challenge of crowded jails, but neither
bill calls for building more prisons.
killer stays behind bars for now After
a year of lawsuits from prosecutors and victims' rights groups and
coverage in this newspaper, Gov. Huckabee has again withdrawn his
offer of clemency to yet another murderer.[FULL
to pay bills,
so it cuts back
C-130J program is the latest casualty of the war in Iraq. As we
reported here on Saturday, the Defense Department could soon halt
production of the new airlifter, saving $5 billion. Little Rock
Air Force Base will get seven C-130Js rather than the 16 it was
scheduled to receive, and construction plans for an additional training
center have been halted at a savings of $26.5 million.
job in Iraq
soldiers from Arkansas flew home last week from Iraq for a couple
of weeks of vacation.
got on an airplane in Kuwait and flew to Ireland and then went on
to Dallas, where they caught a commuter flight to Little Rock. Specialist
Jordan Lackie of DeValls Bluff was one of the soldiers flying home.
He's only 18, but he's a big fellow, and he was the only soldier
who didn't seem tired.
friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they'd
put an ad in the paper at Christmas-time, saying that for $2 you
could have Santa come to your place.
prey on military and working poor
state Supreme Court on Thursday could put the so-called payday lenders
out of business in Arkansas.
Consumer advocates are challenging Act 1216 of 1999 that allows
predatory lendin in the state with rates as high as 650 percent.
to finance road program The legislature
is fast approaching the moment when it will most feel the want of
the experience and knowledge that flows from seniority, which term
limits denies us. It is about to decide how to finance a billion
dollars of highway construction, which is as dangerous as an ungraded
still avoids reality These must
be the best of times in the Wonder State, an age of wisdom and belief,
a season of light, a winter and spring of hope. A governor who vows
determination to stay with his wife before a throng of thousands
is on the throne of Arkansas. [FULL
exempted from execution_Here
for a change is a bit of good news from the legislature. The Senate
voted 24-9 Tuesday to exempt juveniles from the death penalty. Gov.
Huckabee, the American Civil Liberties Union and conservative Christians
in the Senate joined hands to pass this little bill.
must kill water bill
You have to wonder about the 22 state
senators who voted Monday against the public interest in favor of
a fancy residential development at Lake Maumelle that could limit
the future water supply for this area.
our water source The Arkansas legislature
never stands taller than when it stoops to help a rich private interest.
___ We were reminded of that cynical
maxim last week when 21 members of the state Senate sponsored a
bill to give private real-estate developers a virtually free rein
to corrupt municipal water supplies.
hay while the sun shines Hardly
a week passes that we are not reminded of how farsighted the Founding
Fathers were and how improvident we nearly always prove ourselves
to be when we forsake their wisdom.