from last year
It was a
great year for music, both live and recorded. Our musical journey
started out last January in Clarksdale, Miss., where we heard a
young soul singer named O.B. Buchana at the local VFW Hall. He played
to an enthusiastic audience that line-danced the night away, impressing
those in the audience who just sat and watched.
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 Huckabee has again withdrawn his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.
modest funding plan The bipartisan, ad
hoc band of senior legislators who took it upon themselves to develop
a plan for building and renovating Arkansas’ substandard schools
finally delivered this week, and the reflexive response is “why
did you bother?”
up primaries Arkansas is going to try
again to be a big player in the presidential nominating scheme.
It has never worked, but let us indulge the politicos one more time.
20 years, the Arkansas legislature has been a battleground between
managed-care insurers and big industries on one hand, and hospitals,
doctors and pharmacists on the other over a principle called "any
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