Opinion

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…

by Alan Cole -

Another banner year ahead

There has been amazing growth and activity in the commercial real estate (CRE) market in Northwest Arkansas consistently over the past decade. In fact, according to data from Costar, in…

by Tina Sewell -

Home buying forecast: Trends to know

Expect 2019 to be another strong year for the Northwest Arkansas real estate market, even though the national home buying picture may be somewhat meager in comparison. Nationally, home buying…

by Cam Patterson -

For a better state of health

Every January as the new year rolls around, the United Health Foundation releases its America’s Health rankings showing how the health of Arkansans compares with other American states. We use…

by Mike Preston -

A look back and into the future

In 2018, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) completed 216 business recruitment, retention and expansion projects. That translates to more than 4,300 new jobs, with a capital investment of $1.6…