"The potential recreational value of a large lake, which would be created by the proposed Saline River dam, is evident in last year's attendance at similar lakes which have become major recreational attractions. Lake Ouachita, formed by the Blakely Mountain dam near Hot Springs, had 1,743,000 visitors, and Bull Shoals reservoir, extending from Northern Arkansas into Southern Missouri, had 1,663,000. The lake impounded by the proposed Saline dam would not be as large as these two, and the number of visitors it would attract annually is a matter of speculation.
The paths of two people crossed Thursday in the parking lot at Target in Bryant. Less than 24 hours later, one life ended at the hand of the other and a community struggles to understand why.
The tragic death of Heather Baker has left me puzzled and, quite frankly, numb.
I was driving back to Benton from Bryant by taking the long way through Bauxite. Along the way a sheriff's department vehicle sped by me in the opposite direction as if on fire with lights and siren blazing. Flipping on the police scanner, I heard the sounds of an emergency in progress.
The world was rocked this week with the news of Robin Williams' suicide. Many were shocked to hear that one of America's favorite funny men took his own life. Many are currently mourning his loss and sharing stories about how this incredible individual impacted their lives. Many more are questioning how this prominent figure, how this famous comedian, how this well respected, beloved man could take his own life.
This is the home of the American dream. In the U.S. we believe very firmly that with enough hard work, anyone can achieve their dreams. That is the magic of this country; there is so much opportunity that we firmly believe that all we need to do to succeed is put our nose to the grindstone and with enough time and effort, we will become the great American success story.Â
On Monday the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The decision stated that Hobby Lobby and other for-profit companies have the ability to deny employees health coverage for contraception based on the religious objections of the companyâ€™s owners.
I could discuss how I believe it is ridiculous to give corporations the right to freedom of religion. I could argue that birth control and other contraceptives have many uses for womenâ€™s reproductive health and have other medical uses other than family planning.
I want to make it clear from the outset that I do not find any particular joy in what you are about to read. The words that follow are not political, are not biased, nor are they meant to support or denigrate anyone.
I am simply putting forth an opinion.
Nothing more. Nothing less. An opinion that I believe is shared by a growing number of people.
Seven years ago, a life changing event took place. One that set the course for a future that I did not see coming.
I lost my job.
I was 49.
My father was very sick at the time. Two years prior, he had been through several operations, radiation treatments and chemotherapy to stop a melanoma on his scalp from spreading. With me unemployed, he was headed toward six-weeks of chemotherapy five days a week. The cancer had spread from his scalp, through his skull and had reached the outer layers of his brain.
But watching him, a person would never know what he had been through.