IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS STUDENTS. Not for nothing does UCA continue to boom. It’s holding its tuition increase next year to 3.8 percent, against increases of up to 6 percent among major state competitors.
The UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. It raised the $900 million it promised to match a $300 million Walton gift. Athletic contributions didn’t count.
SKIP RUTHERFORD. The Clinton Foundation president was derided for optimistic predictions about the economic impact of the Clinton Library. Guess what? The figures are coming in. Hotel and restaurant sales are booming thanks to the new library, which will easily beat first-year attendance projections.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
The ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT. It decided to hear arguments on whether it should reopen the Lake View case. Justice Tom Glaze was right, though alone, in a 6-1 ruling. The court should save time, skip the hearing and retake control of the case, not dillydally.
GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE. He indicated it would be a bad idea to restrict hunting or farming in the Cache River area to protect the ivory-billed woodpecker because it might upset the “ecobalance.” Swear. Is that the call of an Arkansas cuckoo we hear?
BOBBY KEITH MOSER. He got 15 years for scamming clients out of millions so he and his family could live large. The great remaining question is whether his knowledge of fraudulent acts could lead to criminal problems for some high-profile people who took advantage of some of his dubious tax shelters.
William T. Shelton, city editor of the Arkansas Gazette during its Pulitzer Prize-winning performance in the 1957 school crisis, died at 85. He received a prominent obit in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, but it included the D-G executive editor’s standing revisionist boilerplate meant to suggest that trouble arose in 1957 only because Gov. Orval Faubus was trying to keep the peace, not commit a calculated act of resistance to desegregation. Shelton would have assessed the DOG’s boilerplate with a simple barnyard epithet.