Legislator knows best: Education edition

It should not come as a surprise, but Arkansas’ public education system isn’t exactly ranked among the best in the country. In fact, the state’s overall ranking dropped again this year, from 41st in the nation to 43rd, according to Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report.

Don’t touch that dial!

I remember it like it was yesterday. Well, it was almost yesterday – more like a couple of days ago. I was here at my computer. Alice was in the living room, but the computer room door was open, and I could hear her solving the puzzles on “Wheel of Fortune.” More about that later.

The day milk was saved

I can’t be precisely sure when it was, because I was very young. But at some point, I realized that milk was for baby cows, not people. At least, it was in the form that I was getting it – this white stuff that tasted icky.

How to buy an amendment

The Arkansas Legislature has the opportunity each session to refer proposed constitutional amendments to the voters in the following year. One of this year’s front runners is Senate Joint Resolution 8, and the Arkansas Senate gave it their approval last week.

Everybody talks about it

I came in from a beautiful day in the 70s (F.) on Monday, and sat down at my computer. It didn’t take me long to be reminded that this time last year, it wasn’t much different, maybe a little cooler. However, on that particular day a year earlier than that, I was bewailing the loss of my ice scraper.

Legislator knows best

The Arkansas Legislature consists of 35 senators and 100 representatives, each chosen by a plurality of the voters in his or her district. People elect certain legislators based on their perceived ability to steer government in a certain direction and because they subscribe to the same ideas. Those legislators are paid the tax dollars of their constituents, and are therefore beholden to them. Lawmakers are expected to represent their constituents’ interests.