IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
SEN. MARK PRYOR. He objected to religious conservatives (of which he is one, theologically) who say a person’s faith can be measured by his or her position on George W. Bush’s judicial nominees. (Pryor’s position was misrepresented, at length, by the Democrat-Gazette editorial page. Which proves, again, you can often be best judged by your enemies.)
CONTEMPT. Dozens of school districts asked the state Supreme Court to hold the legislature in contempt for failing to provide more money for schools next year. Some may actually get less. Legislators (and the business lobby, which escaped new taxes) said they done good.
MATT JONES. The athletically gifted Hog quarterback (who led a so-so college team) was Jacksonville’s first-round NFL draft pick for a position, wide receiver, he hasn’t played since high school. Breathless Florida sportswriters are already predicting he’ll be a fan-adored Great White Bubba (presuming he can play, of course).
The ENVIRONMENT. Conservation groups filed suit to challenge the Corps of Engineers’ politically motivated approval of dredging and filling in the Dark Hollow wetlands to allow construction of a publicly subsidized sporting goods store backed by North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
COLLEGE STUDENTS. The expected round of tuition increases at Arkansas’s state colleges began, with a high of 6 percent at Fayetteville. ASU announced some faculty job cuts, too. But, thank goodness, the Indian football coaching staff seems safe for another successful season.
The PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. Its board had to cut a whopping $11.7 million from the budget to make ends meet next year. That district’s continuing struggle — combined with North Little Rock’s declining population and rising percentage of black students — suggest, again, that federal Judge Henry Woods was right about Pulaski school consolidation way back when.
RESIDENTS OF EAST PINNACLE ROAD. The Little Rock Sewer Committee took the path with the fewest residents and chose 13 acres on East Pinnacle for a new sewage treatment plant. Somebody had to lose.