Tagged: Opinion And Analysis

An Accurate Census Benefits All (Editorial)

An Accurate Census Benefits All (Editorial)

Opinion

An undercount could hurt all Arkansans in a couple of ways — first, by understating their political significance and leaving them underrepresented in Congress, and second, by preventing them from benefiting from all the taxpayer-supported programs to which they’re entitled. read more >

Right Goal, Wrong Path (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Right Goal, Wrong Path (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

OpinionHealth CareLegalEditor's Note

We didn’t know then — how could we? — that Dr. Ben Burris put then-state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson on a $5,000-a-month retainer to champion Burris’ orthodontic agenda. That, needless to say, is not how representative democracy is supposed to work, even if the goal is worthy. read more >

About Time (Editorial)

About Time (Editorial)

Opinion

This spring’s rain and flooding have already taken a heavy toll on the farming sector. The trade war with China is only adding to farmers’ pain. And because the agriculture industry is Arkansas’ No. 1 industry, that pain can quickly be felt by other sectors of the state’s economy. read more >

A Company’s Constituencies (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

A Company’s Constituencies (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

OpinionEditor's Note

Olivia Farrell, the former CEO of Arkansas Business Publishing Group, accepted her honor of being chosen as the Rotary Club of Little Rock’s Business & Professional Leader of the Year by expanding on her successful fivefold business philosophy. read more >

A Breath of Fresh Air (Editorial)

A Breath of Fresh Air (Editorial)

OpinionBanking & Finance

An eternal battle over hog waste and the Buffalo does no one any good, and the long-term cost could easily be more than the $6.2 million price of settling the dispute. read more >

Arkansas Soap Opera (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Arkansas Soap Opera (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

OpinionLegalEditor's Note

I’ve accepted another invitation to speak to the Arkansas chapter of the Certified Fraud Examiners. I thought I’d have to scramble for material, but the hearing into former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson’s motion to suppress evidence in his federal criminal case feels like manna from heaven. read more >

A Little Side Hustle (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

A Little Side Hustle (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

OpinionHealth CareLegalEditor's Note

If it’s absolutely legal and ethical and in the state’s best interest for the Crime Lab to contract with a company owned by its assistant director, and if no bidding is necessary on the specific item being purchased, why pay extra for a middleman? read more >

In the Aftermath (Editorial)

In the Aftermath (Editorial)

Opinion

In its way, a corporate decision that devastates a town feels almost like a natural disaster. The news came suddenly, like a tornado that flattened one side of the Georgia-Pacific community while sparing the 500 workers at the tissue and paper towel plant next door. read more >

The Bar Is for Service (Brian Rosenthal Commentary)

The Bar Is for Service (Brian Rosenthal Commentary)

OpinionLegal

The Arkansas Bar Association is initiating a Public Service Academy for member lawyers who seek to serve in any capacity, including on school boards and city councils, with volunteer organizations or in the legislative, judicial or executive branch. read more >

Fake It Till You Break It (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Fake It Till You Break It (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

OpinionBanking & FinanceHealth CareTechnology & TelecomEditor's Note

Overestimating one’s own competence is not really the news here. What's new is the consistency with which other people — complete strangers, even — interpret confidence as competence. read more >

And Now: Good News (Editorial)

And Now: Good News (Editorial)

OpinionBanking & FinanceHealth CareLegalRestaurants & FoodTechnology & TelecomTransportation

We have suggested to Michael Pakko, the state economic forecaster, that the volume of Movers & Shakers landing in our queue be considered an economic indicator. By that indication, Arkansas’ economy is humming. read more >