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December 22, 2005

Vol 3 • No 49

Get on with it

If there’s one lesson that should have been learned from the Arkansas Supreme Court’s school decisions, it is that dawdling will no longer be tolerated. Yet important members of the government remain unenlightened.

Words Dec. 22

“But blaming the Great Crime Wave of 1933-34 on the Depression ignores the fact that the years between 1925 and 1932 amounted to a golden age for American bank robbers, known in the press as ‘yeggmen,’ or ‘yeggs.’"

A Little Rock handbook

From the editor: We called on one of Little Rock’s best and brightest, Kevin Brockmeier, to write a short story for our gift to readers at Christmas. Like many of the stories Brockmeier has written in his short but illustrious career, it’s a rather curio


I meant to address the War on Christmas in this space today. As I understand it, you have these big old heathen corporate bullies like Wal-Mart and Target brutalizing the Baby Jesus even worse than the Jew elders and Roman soldiers did the grown-up vers

Give him a 'W'

As dean emeritus of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, I read with interest Warwick Sabin’s column Dec. 1, “Give to receive.” Sabin describes corporate giving to the University of Arkansas from Wal-Mart and other compan

This Modern World Dec. 22

The bond battle

I was wrong. I believed Gov. Mike Huckabee when he predicted passage of the two proposed bond issues, for highways and colleges, on last week’s ballot.

Smart talk

This week's topics: The political pastor in Springdale; the smaller, blacker public school enrollment in Pulaski County; Hot Springs goes fishing for visitors.

Editorial cartoon Dec. 22

The third time

Maybe, just maybe, Arkansas may soon be taking steps toward improving its public schools and turning out better educated kids. If so, it will largely be the work of the Arkansas Supreme Court, which last week said that the state legislature was not obeyin

The week that was Dec. 14-20

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE. He outlined a sensible framework for considering public education in light of the state Supreme Court’s finding that the legislature’s work didn’t pass constitutional muster. He dared to mention consolida

The Observer Dec. 22

The Observer was inspecting the neighborhood Christmas door decorations on a stroll with the dog the other night and the Christmas scheme on the front door of our childhood trudged its way to the surface of the old gray matter.

Jerked around

Someone owes you a lot of money but won’t pay up, so you take him to court. The court finds in your favor and orders him to pay, but he still won’t come up with the money. That’s some jerk, huh?

Judicial watch list

The legal grapevine provides an update on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seat that comes open when Judge Morris “Buzz” Arnold of Little Rock retires next year.

The conservative court

Ignore the talk about judicially imposed taxes and a constitutional crisis. Of all the supreme court decisions of recent years ordering states to obey their constitutions and provide a good education for every child, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling was

Orval Dec. 22

No accountability

Gov. Mike Huckabee will not discuss with the Arkansas Times his use of a state-owned airplane for out-of-state travel that has little or no connection with his official duties. He cites security considerations in his refusal to justify personal use of tax

Gitz gets compassion

Dr. Bradley R. Gitz, the Lyon College professor who contributes a twice-weekly column to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has some favorite topics. Liberals, for one. He doesn’t like them much because, according to him, they hate capitalism and love soc

Go west with La Hacienda for Mex

Though this reviewer has always wanted to take a jaunt to Mexico, we just can’t bring ourselves to do it. Maybe we’ve seen one too many bad movies — potboilers featuring tourists in shorts and knee socks, cameras dangling around their necks, whining “You

Beastly job

It’s hairy playing the Beast in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” Mika Duncan, the Beast in the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s current production, has a hectic schedule even when only one performance is scheduled.

Taylor signs with RimRockers

World middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor of Little Rock will sign autographs and meet fans when the Arkansas RimRockers professional basketball team takes on the Tulsa 66ers on Thursday, Dec. 22, at Alltel Arena.

Wanted: school health clinic

The Little Rock School District had 49 pregnant teen-agers enrolled when the 2005-2006 school year opened in August. Ten of them were at Central High School, and nine of those were African-American girls. There are 278 teens with asthma, 10 with s

A holiday of silver screen fun

“King Kong” made a little more than $50 million in its first three days of release. Now that folks have more free time — except those who waited until the bitter end to Christmas shop — the great ape, and other holiday releases, should get even more viewe

TV highlights Dec. 15-21

GODZILLA FEST 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 Sci-Fi Channel (Comcast Ch. 36) Just when you thought it was bad enough living in Japan, what with the 23-hour work days, raw fish lunches, tiny cars and kids having seizures from watching flashy cartoons abo

What's cooking-capsule reviews Dec. 22

What's cooking: Peter Brave at the River Market. Capsule reviews: Fantastic China, Brownings.

Trusty musicians reunite

Big things are happening for the music scene in the days leading up to Christmas, with several performances by Max Recordings artists as well as an old-school reunion show for much-beloved poli-punk act Trusty.