Debating health care
It will be a grand bit of theater next week when the U. S. House of Representatives votes ceremoniously to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the big health-insurance law that is being gradually phased in. [FULL TEXT]

Reforming our prisons
The legislature will convene next week with a giant contingent of freshmen lawmakers, most of them promising to be scourges of government spending. Something called the Arkansas Working Group on Sentencing and Corrections gave them a blueprint yesterday for tackling government waste. It made a modest set of proposals for halting the skyrocketing growth of the prison population. [FULL TEXT]

Affordable insurance
Except in a handful of states, only a few people who have been denied health insurance by insurance companies have enrolled in the new federally subsidized plans that are written for them. Opponents of the new health-insurance law say that it proves that there never was much need for the comprehensive law that tries to make health insurance available to everyone by 2014. [FULL TEXT]

Huckabee vs. Barbour
Hoping to fortify his credentials as the next Southern hope for the Republican Party, our neighboring governor, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, gave an extensive interview this month to the Weekly Standard, the conservative Washington journal that catapulted Sarah Palin into the national limelight and did so much for Texas Governor George W. Bush. [FULL TEXT]

Bureaucrats flying high
Is it the parlous economic times, a sudden zeal by the media to expose misconduct, or something else? We have had an epidemic of chutzpah in public agencies of central Arkansas this year. Self-serving bureaucrats and, in a couple of cases, their boards fed themselves riotously at the trough of the public treasury and got caught at it, either by a newspaper or state auditors. [FULL TEXT]

From this poor little girl, special request for Santa
(This is a reprint of a previous Christmas column.) 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]

Base could depend on Snyder as real friend
Rep. Vic Snyder, a Democrat who is retiring from Congress at the end of the year, is getting some heat from Republicans for wasting time on the House floor to praise this community’s support of Little Rock Air Force Base. [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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Jan. 8, 2011

Winter weather hits area
Kenneth Galloway, dairy manager for Knight's grocery in Beebe, looks over the milk supply as customers prepare for a winter storm.

Annexation flops, Cabot gets letter, LRAFB soars
IN SHORT: This is the fourth of a five-part series looking back at 2010. The first four parts take a quarterly trip through the year, followed by The Leader’s top 10 stories of the year next week. [FULL TEXT]

Base commander: Build new schools
IN SHORT: Minihan offers more land to school district as well as charter school on LRAFB perimeter. [FULL TEXT]

PCSSD to offer plans
IN SHORT: Chamber members will hear options for new schools from district official. [FULL TEXT]

Budget approved in Beebe for 2011
IN SHORT: Pay raises are passed, but city wants to chart a conservative course this year. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke QC shakeup leaves Odom isolated
IN SHORT: A lonely voice 20 years ago when GOP was struggling, JP says he’s now being tossed aside. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot senior guard Darin Jones, seen here against Benton in the semifinals of the Central Arkansas Christian tournament, has been a key component for the Panthers through their early non-conference games along with classmate Kai Davis. The Panthers started their 7A-Central Conference schedule last night on the road against defending state champs Conway..

Hot start a boost as Devils move on
IN SHORT: Jacksonville gets test from state champion as it opens play in most important stretch of season. [FULL TEXT]

Falcons, Bears lend intensity to tough league
IN SHORT: Rivalry simmering as conference’s basketball programs are scrapping over center stage. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers plunge into action
IN SHORT: Cabot coach says team can compete though challenges lurk ahead. [FULL TEXT]

Lee’s threes lift Raiders by Ramblers
IN SHORT:Long-distance shots lead Riverview in rout of rival in first game of conference schedule. [FULL TEXT]

Sugar Bowl dominates scheduling for a day
IN SHORT:Basketball games take back seat as coaches, officials administrators opt to watch Hogs. [FULL TEXT]



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