Pause for a bit. Once again Gov. Mike Beebe is saying “let’s take our time” on a burning issues — this time some relief for the massive hikes in public school teacher insurance. Throwing big state money on to the increases may be needed, but a careful study of all angles should come first. Soaring medical costs are hitting all of us.
Can we get more? The rain a week ago was so timely, so welcomed. Nice and slow, at least in our area, meant the water went into the ground and not into a runoff. But it is not enough. We need another such rain or two or three. Hay growers could get another cutting. Deer and duck hunters could get smiles on their faces.
A rocky road. Rutgers defeated the football Arkansas Razorbacks largely on superior line play, offense and defense, in the last quarter and half of the game. Every one of the next eight opponents of the Hogs will be as strong or stronger than Rutgers, and four straight games against currently ranked foes are coming up.
Healing is essential. Injuries are part of football, and the Central Arkansas Bears are in an epidemic of hurts right now. Those are not crocodile tears that Coach Clint Conque is shedding. But with time and rest and treatment, the Bears can get into the high gear expected of them this season.
Slow it down. Eastbound on Interstate 40 has a speed indicator in the construction zone. A light flashes if you are going over 60.the other day we saw a car coming up fast behind us then watched as the flashing light came on and the digital readout said “86.” We then saw no indication that this driver backed off his speed.
Poor leadership. Here we go again. Congress is stumbling toward another “shot down the federal government” crisis. Some call the situation “brinkmanship,” meaning perpetrators are deliberately provoking upset and outcry from the public. Our naïve plea is for those in Congress to find other means for settling their differences.
“This (teacher health insurance) is a complex issue without easy answers, and there is lots of rhetoric out there laying fault without all the facts.”
— State Rep. Stephen Meeks