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  1. Letter to the Editor: No Laughing Matter

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    November 26, 2012 by wcobserver

    Mitt Romney got a laugh from his audience at the GOP convention when he said, “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans, (Romney bites his lip, crowd laughs, hoots, whistles) and to heal the planet. (Crowd chuckles) My promise, is to help you and your family.” (Wild, sign waving ovation) It’s a fact that most Republicans don’t buy the science on global warming, so Romney cracked his cynical little joke to an appreciative audience, but how does one justify the notion that ignoring the reality of rising sea levels is helpful to anyone?

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  2. Medicaid News from Little Rock

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    November 13, 2012 by wcobserver

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison November 2, 2012 LITTLE ROCK –  The state Medicaid program may have to scale back delivery of some services, the governor said in press interviews. Medicaid officials have warned that the program faces a potential budget shortfall of $250 million to $400 million next fiscal year.  During the 2013 regular session the legislature will make the final determination on the budget of the Medicaid program.

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  3. Editorial: The Risk of Voting FOR

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    November 3, 2012 by wcobserver

    The Risk of Voting FOR The ballot initiative being presented to West Fork voters on Tuesday is a game changer. Voting to elect a mayor or council member has a built in safety valve; if your choice turns out to be a mistake, at least, it will be rectified when the four year term ends.  At the same time, if your choice works well for you, it may not be repeated with the next mayor or alderman.  This ballot initiative will change city government in a fundamental way; it will change how the individual components of city government are connected to each other.  To use a mechanical metaphor, the way the gears and wheels interact will determine the performance of the machine.  The ballot initiative is about the structure of city government, not the individuals who occupy any position in government.  Governments are the administrative equivalent of machines with interchangeable parts.

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  4. Letter to Editor, Fred Robinson

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    November 2, 2012 by wcobserver

    Letter to the Editor, Fred Robinson here. I have entered my name in the election for Alderman, Ward 2 Position 1. In my interaction with citizens of West Fork on the issues, I have decided that my informed opinions on these issues are as follows: The issues on the ballot and where I stand on them: FOR the initiative to put control of our Water and Sewer System in our City Government AGAINST the medical marijuana proposal NON-COMMITTED on the sales tax for highways. West Fork Election Positions:   

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  5. Deer Harvest Numbers

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    October 27, 2012 by wcobserver

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison October 26, 2012 LITTLE ROCK –  Last year Arkansas hunters harvested 192,748 deer, about a four percent increase over the previous season’s harvest of 186,165. The harvest of bucks went up from 82,973 to 85,284 and the harvest of does increased from 88,341 to 93,838. So far this season about 38,000 deer have been harvested, according to the state Game and Fish Commission.  That includes more than 9,160 in Zone 12 of south-central Arkansas.  In no other zone have more than 3,000 been harvested.

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  6. State Capitol Week in Review, Oct. 19, 2012

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    October 25, 2012 by Sue Madison

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison October 19, 2012 LITTLE ROCK –  The Senate and House Education Committees recommended an increase in public school funding of between 1.8 percent and 2.5 percent, which would be sufficient for school districts to provide a constitutionally adequate education to Arkansas students. The legislature will use the recommendation when writing budgets for the next two fiscal years.  Based on the experience of the past few years, schools can expect an increase of close to 2 percent.  A 1.8 percent increase would amount to $56.6 million.  A 2.5 percent increase would be $78.4 million.

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  7. Editor’s Interview

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    June 4, 2012 by wcobserver

    The Washington County Observer’s Editor and Publisher, Steve Winkler sat down with “On the Air” host (and frequent WCO columnist) Richard Drake for a rousing interview about running a small-town newspaper in these rough-and-tumble times. “On the Air with Richard Drake” is a Community Access Television show that Drake, a veteran of the media world, has been hosting for more than 20 years. Part 1:

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