By Denele Campbell As of 2002, the majority of Medicaid beneficiaries (54%) were children under the age of six years. Contrary to the popular myth of aging slackers, drug addicts, and welfare queens sucking at the national teat, this majority of Medicaid provides healthcare to children and adolescents with limitation of activity due to chronic health conditions. Their numbers quadrupled from two percent in 1960 to over eight percent in 2012., This increase parallels the growth in manufacture and use of agricultural chemicals. One of the fastest growing patient groups covered by Medicaid is children with developmental disabilities....Read More
Category: My Two Cents.
By Denele Campbell Tuesday I attended a town hall meeting sponsored by Rep. Steve Womack (Republican) of our 3rd Congressional District (Northwest Arkansas). The room would comfortably hold 30 people. Over 200 showed up. With the hallways and doorways and standing room thronged, half the people ended up standing outside in the parking lot for the 1.5 hour event. In light rain and a heavy temper. Womack could have taken charge of the situation by reconvening five blocks away in the much larger community center. He chose not to do so. He could have opened the meeting by immediately taking questions,...Read More
By Denele Campbell This past weekend I attended my 50-year class reunion. While I was there, I visited the fabulous Coleman Theater, a restored 1930s opera house that graces the main street of Miami Oklahoma. The guided tour through its opulent staircases and gilded facades included a narrative about George Coleman himself.  What lingered in my mind afterward and grows more prominent in my thoughts even now, is about how Mr. Coleman made his money. You see, in 1904 that area of Northeast Oklahoma was found to harbor vast deposits of lead and zinc. During the years...Read More
By Denele Campbell In mid-June the Arkansas Department of Education announced a public comment period on the implementation of new rules regarding home schooled students. But don’t worry if you didn’t comment, your input wouldn’t make much difference. These rules are mere housekeeping details in the wake of legislation enacted over the last few years which remove any accountability in home schooling. Previously the state paid for standardized testing to assess student progress at specified points along the educational path, including home schooled students. But the teeth were removed from that effort when the state failed to institute any meaningful follow-up...Read More
By Denele Campbell One year ago, the Duggar family’s oldest son Josh had his coming out party as a pervert. News broke of his serial molestation of five young girls. Four were his sisters. Despite some local politics involving the newspaper, Springdale police, and Arkansas Department of Human Services, most of the story finally gained a full airing. Subsequently, TLC yanked the Duggar reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting” from the airwaves. Thank you Jesus. Attempts by Josh’s parents to smooth things over resulted in the revelation that other church elders had experienced this in other families....Read More