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The Trade War Is Devastating To Arkansas Farmers

As Arkansans, we know all about tough times and hard work. But right now our farmers, the backbone of this state, are being hurt by decisions made in Washington D.C. about tariffs and a trade war. Farmers know all about uncertainty and having to manage the cards that are dealt us, whether it’s life, or weather. And a lot of …

What A Difference A Good Teacher Can Make

The past few days we’ve been honoring the teachers in our lives, and in the lives of our kids, for Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s getting close to summertime, and it’s important that we take a moment to thank all the people who have dedicated their time to making our schools and our communities better. We all know how much of …

Chairman Michael John Gray Welcomes The Crowded Presidential Field

Arkansans are going to have their plates full in the next election. There are more than 20 candidates running for President. That’s a lot of names, and a lot of positions and issues we’ll have to try and sort through. It’ll be tough to do, but it’s important that we make the time to study the issues, to learn what …

DACA, Nurses & The Good News from the Legislature

It’s getting close to that time of year where people are heading to graduations, then heading toward their futures. Some of them have, or at least think they have, a pretty clear idea of what lays ahead, and what they want their life to become. Some of them, and some of us, know that life’s paths aren’t always so easy …

Let’s Talk Food, Dignity & SNAP

Arkansans spend a lot of time in conversation, we all do it whether it be in the grocery store, in the coffee shop, or on the bleachers at a football game and we talk about what we’d do different and what we’re not happy with in the world. A lot of times we complain about things we see locally. Like …

The Arkansas Flag & The Confederate Star

I grew up in east Arkansas, out in the Delta. And for me, just like just about anybody whose family goes back any amount of time in Arkansas, we are descendants of people who fought in the Confederacy. Our state flag has a special commemoration, designating the blue star at the top of the white diamond for the state’s time …

Valuing Work & The Minimum Wage

Arkansans work hard, and we don’t ask for much. It’s just not in our nature to be asking for handouts, or to take them. But we do believe in giving someone a hand up. We expect for each one of us to earn his or her keep. That’s a good thing. It’s good we know the value of hard work. …