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Rural America: It's Complicated, Really Complicated

Subscriber onlyThere are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980's farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York Times, fueled by demographics that show decades of population decline across much of rural America. Continue reading...

Innocuous Beginning May Have Unforeseen Consequences

Subscriber onlyA column by Jill Richardson, under the headline "Muslims In America Just Like Any Other Group," appeared in the Feb. 25 issue of the Enterprise-Leader. There are a number of facts Ms. Richardson did not mention in her column. Continue reading...

Niche Bills Get Far Too Much Press

BIGGER ISSUES GO ALMOST UNKNOWN

Subscriber onlyState Senator Uvalde Lindsey, D-Fayetteville may have said it best following the unprecedented non-controversial legislative approval of "AsaCare" and a brand new governor's budget within the first three weeks of the 90th General Assembly. Continue reading...

Bill Filings at Mid-Point; So Who Is Busy?

SOME MAY SAY FILINGS NOT BAROMETER OF LEGISLATIVE WORK, SERVICE BACK HOME

Subscriber onlyThe mid-point of the 90th General Assembly, as far as filing legislative bills, was reached recently. Continue reading...

Ultra Rich Burn Money For Meals, Parties and Children's Names

ONE OF A KIND NAME CAN COST $30,000

Subscriber onlyWhile millions can't even afford to feed their kids, the super rich are hiring a Swiss company to name theirs. Continue reading...

Muslims In America Are Just Like Any Other Group

Subscriber onlyThe only problem with Muslims in America is that there aren't enough of them. Continue reading...