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Wesley Clark, former NATO Allied Supreme Commander Europe, asks county officials to help America find its strat- egy during his speech during the AAC conference.


Conference speakers shine “What is America’s economic strategy in the world?” Clark asked.


“You can’t describe it because the truth is we don’t have one. We had one in the 19th century.” Clark briefly described the country’s military history, the Cold War, dependence on foreign oil and said that America lost its plan or strategy after emerging from the Cold War victorious. “Some of you are Democrats and some of you are Republicans,” Clark


said. “It doesn’t matter what party you are. Tis country has to come together. We have to have a strategy. We have to focus on the so-called low-hanging fruit [domestic fuel].” Clark said county officials are at the “leadership pivot point” in America. “When county government starts demanding of our elected represen-


tatives, not only in the state Capitol but in the national Capitol, to stop talking about things that divide us and start coming up with a real plan that takes America forward. I’m here to ask you to do that.”


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On the last day of conference, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel explained his perspective of Arkansas’ success compared to the majority of other states that haven’t fared as well in this economic downturn. He said Arkansas is one of only four states to balance its budget every time. He also repeatedly gave credit to the county officials. “I know that our counties are filled with dedicated, hard working, com- petent people who strive for excellence each and every day,” McDaniel said. “Every courthouse in this state is filled with people who do the very best for the people who live in their counties and every single one of you should be applauded and thanked and thanked and thanked.” McDaniel told the audience he loves being attorney general and is


proud of his office’s accomplishments. “Tis is where the rubber meets the road. You deserve as much credit as any governor, any legislator or attorney general for all the good things that are going on in our state,” McDaniel said.


2012 AAC safety award winners


Te Association of Arkansas Counties awarded its an- nual safety awards during the AAC’s annual conference in Springdale Aug, 8-10. Pike and Calhoun counties received the only two certifi- cates in the state for no reportable injuries in 2011. Counties that were honored scored at least 80 percent on


AAC Board Member Leonard Krout, Pope County Coroner, testifies on behalf of coroners during the Senate and House City, County and Local Affairs Committee meeting at the AAC Conference.


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the AAC’s safety survey, had a loss ratio of less than 50 per- cent and had not been in the hazardous employer program during 2011 or 2012. Te 2012 AAC safety award recipients are: Arkansas,


Baxter, Benton, Calhoun, Carroll, Chicot, Clark, Clay, Conway, Craighead, Crawford, Crittenden, Desha, Drew, Jackson, Johnson, Lawrence, Lonoke, Marion, Mississip- pi, Newton, Perry, Pike, Polk, Pope, Saline, Sevier, Sharp, Stone, Union, Washington and White.


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