Opinion

by Greg Kaza -

Culture, economics and Hot Springs

Tourism plays an important role in Arkansas’ economy.  Total travel expenditures exceeded $8.2 billion last year, according to a preliminary state Department of Parks and Tourism report that estimates nearly…

by Ray Hanley -

Two solutions to doctor shortages

Arkansas has a physician shortage, especially in rural areas. Several trends are driving this shortage. One reason is the increased number of Arkansans who have access to health care through…

by Mat Mozzoni -

A smart region ecosystem

As the chase for Amazon’s second headquarter location revealed, cities and regions are increasingly expected to have connected and integrated infrastructure to handle modern corporations’ and citizens’ demands. Businesses and…

by Stacey Mason -

15 lessons

I believe life has a way of turning out the way it is supposed to. “What is” is what’s supposed to be, otherwise it wouldn’t be. I never put myself…

by Jacklyn Perry -

Help us help you

Times are good, and Northwest Arkansas is hot. Everybody is jumping into real estate — again — and it’s up to the Realtors to educate owners how to best get…

by Clif Chitwood -

Steel in cotton country

In Mississippi County, it has always been about the geography. The land and river determine our economics, our lifestyles and our history. First there was a great hardwood forest, full…

by Michael Tilley -

Riff Raff: A fortunate son

Editor’s note: This essay was first posted May 10, 2009. Happy Mother’s Day! –––––––––––––––– A lot has changed in Mom’s world. The world in 1949, the year of her birth,…

by Angela Lowther -

A smart investment

Self-employment is the dream for many Americans. It offers independence and allows one to determine his or her own success. In Arkansas, particularly in the transportation industry, we have a…

by Martha Londagin -

Beyond just funding

“Brick and Mortar Banks Are Dead” was the headline of a Business Insider story in October 2011. Other sentiments abound on online financing sites, but in a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem…

by Paul Holmes -

A call to action: Vote!

Overheard recently in the Craighead County office of the DF&A — or what most of us would call the state revenue office: Clerk: “Ma’am, are you registered to vote?” Customer…