Opinion

by Paul Holmes -

What are the odds?

Let the games begin on April 1 at the state’s two race tracks, decreed the Arkansas Racing Commission last month. The two, as anybody who’s been around here even a…

by Greg Kaza -

Notes on a high-performing Delta county

A long-standing goal of Arkansas policymakers has been achieving 100% income parity with the U.S. average. A release this week from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows how far…

by Steven Plaisance -

It’s easier than you think

While housing market headlines can warn of inventory shortages, harder access to financing and higher mortgage rates, the opportunities are still plentiful for Northwest Arkansans. In fact, the most recent…

by Michael Tilley -

Riff Raff: The company you keep …

One might credit the crushing defeat of a sales tax funding the U.S. Marshals Museum to an impressive grassroots opposition. Also easy would be claiming a broad anti-tax sentiment for…

by Robert George -

‘Stump Dump’ fire just beginning

Putting out the underground fire still smoldering at the property in Bella Vista known as the “Stump Dump” could be the easiest part of resolving a situation that has concerned…

by Mike Downing -

Is Jonesboro ready to compete?

Bragg City, Missouri was home in my elementary school days. It was a thriving farming community, but things changed quickly in the late-1960s. It didn’t require as many people to…

by Paul Holmes -

To catch a thief

Dear Whoever You Are, I can only suppose that your Valentine’s Day holiday was one of the best ever. I would tell you you’re welcome, but you’re not and anyway,…

by Jim Dunn -

The case for the Marshals Museum tax

In late 2006, the U.S. Marshals Selection Team arrived in Fort Smith to measure it against Staunton, Va., the other finalist among 60 American cities hoping to land the U.S….

by Kent Middleton -

Bucket list marketing

Competition for tourists’ dollars has always been fierce. And with the advent of social media, the battle between states has become even more challenging. Today, many visitors, particularly Millennials and…

by Leslie Osborn -

A fine line on tax cuts

Before joining the Oklahoma legislature in 2008, I was a small business owner for 22 years. During that time, I learned firsthand how things like red-tape and high taxes could…