Two steps forward, one step back — that’s what we thought when we saw the results of the annual Kids Count Data Book that rank Arkansas as the 41st state in child well-being.
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The break from hot weather we’ve experienced this week gives us time to take a breath, but the heat will return as always in an Arkansas summer, bringing with it heat-related dangers.
Electronic cigarettes, now a $1.5 billion to $2 billion business, have become difficult to ignore. The electronic devices, which might look like cigarettes or cigars or even pipes, come with different battery sizes and burn a variety of vapors that might contain a greater or smaller amount of nicotine and a flavor enhancer, according to a February Southwest Times Record report .
Although we have always supported the hypothetical goal of leaving no students behind, we also have always held that in reality, not all students will make the same progress. Thus we have argued that alternative schools like Fort Smith’s Belle Point secondary school, which enrolls students who do not succeed in traditional schools, should not be judged by the same criteria as traditional schools face.
Our state lawmakers met last week for a very short but historic special legislative session, addressing issues they will consider again in their next regular session.
Friday is July 4, our nation’s birthday, Independence Day.
We pause today to remember President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 . The act, which turns 50 this year, ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, and is considered one of the most important pieces of legislation since the Civil War. It is often heralded as the crowing jewel of the civil rights movement.
A two-week campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” is underway in Arkansas to make sure we all get home from summertime revelry safely.
“The safest place to go when thunder roars is indoors.”
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: A liberal, a conservative, a lawyer and a legislator walk into a bar, well … into a legislative hearing. Oh never mind, we’re going to cut right to the punchline: They agreed on something.