The LRSD and Baker Kurrus
Your article about Baker Kurrus ("Walking the tightrope," Aug. 20) was well written, informative and enlightening to readers. Thanks!
I believe that the real estate owners in West Little Rock deserve a public school for middle grades and the higher level. One that is convenient to their neighborhood like the Roberts school is now for them.
Yes, there are numerous private schools in the area — only because a public school was not there. It is past time to take care of the constituents in that area. Yes, it will take bus transportation, too.
Kurrus can do it with cooperation, integrity and leadership for all the children!
Both newspapers write page after page about Baker Kurrus. The articles leave the impression that the Harvard-trained lawyer will get us out of a mess on his own initiative and/or has the backing of all the right people. However, there is no meaningful change in the Little Rock system. Mr. Kurrus is a lawyer, not an educator. He thinks in terms of winning a case instead of helping children. His high status and work ethic make him immune to criticism. He does not have time for ordinary people. What is changing, perhaps intentionally, on his watch is decreased public school attendance, and increased charter/private school population. Ironically, when the Supreme Court eliminated the last legal barrier to integrated education almost immediately social barriers took the place of racist law. The Powerful People responsible for our public schools have no intention of uniting us. No, they use their privileged position to take over public education and force it to follow the rules of business. The folks with money get the best, and the rest of us get what is left. At least when this was the case in the past due to bad law, the poor had community. Today's public school organization eliminates community. We are more divided now than ever and divided we fall.
Not for long
Just as I predicted. The future is so bright, I have to wear shades. Gas prices are down, unemployment is low, durable goods are up and the economy is stoked. This has been a sweet summer, indeed. Unfortunately, our nation's prosperity will not last much longer. Republicans are about to take the White House. I say this based on the fact that Mitt Romney, the most unlikely Republican presidential nominee ever, won 24 of the states back in 2012. The next Republican nominee will surely win more states and the White House. Republicans will be in complete control of our nation's government, except for the judicial branch. "Hope and change" will give way to trickle-down economics in which poor folks get trickled upon under pretense of rain.
So, basically, we have two more prosperous summers left before the next Republican presidential administration turns this nation completely around in the opposite direction, back to the Bush-Cheney era. Fortunately, when the new president takes the White House in January 2017, our nation will still be operating on an Obama-era budget until September 2017. That gives us at least two more years of prosperity, but by the summer of 2018 there will be lots of change, very little hope, and I will no longer need my shades.
Values and Hutchinson
Max Brantley was correct: If Gov. Asa Hutchinson believed in Arkansas values as expressed in recent legislation, he would have ended funding for Growing God's Kingdom to the [Justin]Harris family.
Thank you, Max Brantley, for letting all know what's going on in our state.
From the web
In response to Gene Lyons' Aug. 27 column, "New York Times fails again," on how the Clintons are treated in the press:
Somehow I have the feeling it's not going to stop due to the fact that bad news travels so fast. Doesn't matter if it's really not news at all. With the help of Get-Clinton publications it travels even faster.
In response to the Aug. 27 cover story, "Visionary Arkansans 2015":
An excellent list.
I'm especially happy to read that Rep. Jana Della Rosa will try again on modernized campaign finance reports.
In response to the Aug. 30 Arkansas Blog post, "Hutchinson administration: no plan in place to help tens of thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries kicked off of coverage in violation of federal regulations":
This bunch, especially Asa, doesn't have a "plan in place" for anything, 'cept their scorched earth policy toward folks that ain't in the right class. That "stay to the right" course the ship of fools is on will soon create a whirlpool from which they cannot escape.
OK, the people of the state are compassionate, but not the leader. Asa has shown himself to be a hateful incompetent who will never admit that they made a STUPID mistake by trying to screw the state's inhabitants. And yes, those same people who screwed up 58,000 people have nights and weekends to correct their mistake. That is what "private business" would do.
Forget this "running the state like a business" GOP crap. If they ran a company the way they are running the state, it would have been out of business by May 20. No company would hire the losers they have put in positions and commissions, allowed idiots to hire relatives, and purposely misread regulations so they could be asshats and be sued.
Go ahead, ACLU, sue the idiots for 100 percent reinstatement with a new 30-day window and damages. The state apparently has a lot of money under Asa to lose federal cases so Asa can appear to be the smiling idiot he has chosen to be.
couldn't be better