Guest Commentary

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Options on hiring a new DHS director

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will soon choose a new director for the Department of Human Services (DHS). With the departure of John Selig, there’s opportunity for needed change and restructuring that…

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Trail tourism

I love the outdoors. As the summer weather winds down and the fall leaves turn, there’s no better place to be than right here in Arkansas. We’re known as the…

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The Pope and politics

As a Southern Baptist later turned Presbyterian, I don’t follow Pope Politics. I was suspicious and a bit uncomfortable with his appearance before Congress, but I expect that was the…

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The Bush and Clinton fizzle

One of the puzzling developments that have emerged over the course of the current presidential campaign is the lackluster performance of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and that of former…

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Thoughts on the political animals

Democrats fawn over John Brummett, could care less about Conner Eldridge, and still groan at the mention of Tom Cotton. Those are my takeaways after participating in the Talk Business…

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Tax cuts, healthcare and job growth

There’s been plenty of good news about the Arkansas economy lately. More Arkansans are trying to work and more are finding work when they look, according to recently released numbers….

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A ‘village’ of partners

What does the 21st century hold for our young people? How do we prepare them for an unpredictable and unprecedented future in a global society? To begin to answer these pressing…

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Career centered education

This year, we worked hard to fund four new Career Centers in Ashdown, Clarksville, Mountain Home and Paris, Arkansas. This gives us more than 32 Career Centers in Arkansas. These…

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Let teachers teach

I’ll never forget what one of the best public school teachers I ever knew said about performance programs and those results. “If I had taken the career path to follow…

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Connecting with patients

We moved my mom and step-dad back to Arkansas from Amarillo, Texas, a couple of years ago so they would be closer to my brother, sister, and me (not to…

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Other angles of Fort Smith history

Two events this month feature crucial aspects of Fort Smith’s social history. Saturday, (Sept. 12), the 1865 Council of Fort Smith will be featured, and Thursday, Sept. 24, the role…

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Climate change is here

“Wow, the water sure looks high.” My wife said this as we were visiting our hometown of St. Augustine, Fla, this summer. We were on Matanzas Bay, separated from the…

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The politics of A.P.E.

In 2013, right after she stepped down as U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton enjoyed a high approval rating from the American people. Her trust level was on solid ground….

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10 ideas to reduce student loan debt

On Monday, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed increasing federal spending by $350 billion to provide college student debt relief. Here are a few ways to lower student debt for…