Bob McCord

NLR: Second city no more.

A long-time North Little Rock resident muses on the arrival of a former governor and current lieutenant governor and looks back at hometowns of governors and presidential contenders from Arkansas.

Parting thoughts

This column is kind of a difficult one for me, and I will tell you why at the end. I have written some things that I believe would make Arkansas a better and more prosperous state.

On the winning side

There were a lot of interesting things that happened all over in the country and in Arkansas at last week’s voting. For the first time I had more winners than losers, and...

Declining newspapers

Americans ought to be paying attention to what is happening to the nation’s newspapers. Fewer people, especially young ones, are buying and reading them. In the last six months, 770 newspapers lost an average of 2.8 percent of their readers.

Democrats will win

Four people whose jobs are to keep up with politics told the members of the Political Animals Club last week that the Democrats are going to win in Arkansas Nov. 7.

How they see us

Our nation’s State Department is bringing bright young journalists to the United States to tell Americans how the rest of the world thinks of us.

Fayetteville then and now

When I was graduated at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1951, the city’s population was 17,071. Today it’s 67,158 and growing. The university had about 5,000 students when I was a freshman, and today there are almost 18,000 in the college.

For the college bonds

Last December Arkansas colleges asked for money to build more classrooms and buy equipment because all of them were getting more students than they could handle. The money would come from bonds that the state would sell, which, of course, meant neither yo

Football comes first

If you read last week’s Arkansas Business, you found out what Arkansans care the most about — Razorback football.

Give me a 'W'

Hooray for Wal-Mart for taking a big first step to reduce what people are now having to pay for the ridiculous costs the medical drug makers require. Pfizer, Inc., with a revenue of more than $51 billion last year, and several other companies in the Unite

The unseen debate

The first TV debate between the two major candidates for governor, Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Beebe, was televised in Jonesboro Monday, and most Arkansans like me couldn’t see it because the station’s programs can’t be seen in most of Ark

Rewriting 9-11

Because of the 9/11 anniversary, there’s been a lot of weird criticism around the world about President Bush.

Kids having kids

Last week the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally said that a female over 18 years old can go to a drug store to buy a pill called Plan B (or the “morning after pill”) without a doctor’s prescription that will give her a good chance t

Start with guns

On August 22, a man was shot and killed in the street a half-block from his house in south central Little Rock. This was the 43rd homicide in the city this year, ahead of the 1993 record pace.

McCord takes the week off

Robert McCord is taking the week off. In his place, a bonus column by John Brummett of the Stephens Media Group.

A talk with Jay Chesshir

For the first time in 21 years, the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce has a new president. He is Jay Chesshir, a former president of the Hot Springs chamber for 11 years.

Minimum wage ‘finagle’

The U. S. Congress created the minimum wage in 1938, saying that anyone who got a job had to be paid at least 25 cents an hour. For years it was increased every three or four years, but the last raise was in 1997 when the Congress raised it 45 cents, maki

Making teens criminals

Both the House and the Senate have passed another selfish and intrusive bill that would make a teen-ager a criminal for traveling to another state to get an abortion without telling Mama and Daddy.

Jail, Gore, parking

Last week the Quorum Court told the people of Pulaski County that they should vote to start paying another sales tax to pay for building and operating an addition to the Pulaski County jail because crime is increasing. The election will be September 12.

Beware young drivers

Almost every day that you read the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette or watch TV news, you learn that someone in the state has been killed in a car or a truck accident. From January 1 to July 12 this year, 360 persons have died in 320 car and truck crashes. The n