posted: 12/20/2014 3:17 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Driving to Lonoke on Interstate 40 recently, I came upon a car being driven somewhat erratically. Passing, I looked over at the driver and saw him scratching off lottery tickets in the center of his steering wheel at 70 mph. I have witnessed distracted drivers before, but this guy wins the prize. -- Little Rock Mike
posted: 12/13/2014 2:20 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Does the city regulate the brightness of electronic signs? There's one on Chenal Parkway that is insanely bright -- blindingly bright -- whenever I drive past it at night. Seems dangerous to me. -- He Who Plies the Parkway
posted: 12/08/2014 3:18 a.m.
posted: 12/06/2014 2:33 a.m.
Dear Guy: Drivers should yield to pedestrians at marked crossings. What gives me a problem are the two non-intersection, but clearly marked, crossings on four-lane LaHarpe Boulevard between State and Cumberland streets. The speed limit is 40, which most drivers take as a minimum. It's not safe to come to a complete stop there, no matter how many pedestrians languish. -- Perplexed
posted: 11/29/2014 3:45 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: I make a daily commute to North Little Rock, and I am often passed by a police car going well over the speed limit, no lights or sirens. How can they do this while riding herd on the rest of us? More often than not it's a sheriff's car. -- Puzzled Senior
posted: 11/29/2014 2:02 a.m.
Fueled by memories and TV dinners, Terry Shipman is slowly restoring the house he loved so much as a child.
posted: 11/29/2014 1:45 a.m.
A house that was built in the 19th century has needs that can't be met by modern big-box home-improvement stores.
posted: 11/29/2014 1:44 a.m.
The T.H. Dearing House in Newark was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and added to the register in 1976. It shares that honor with 2,550 other places of all kinds in the state, including Titan II ICBM launch complex 374-7 in Van Buren County.
posted: 11/29/2014 1:43 a.m.
Terry Shipman lives in a house, built around 1890, that could use some work. He's committed to doing as much of it himself as he can, and in the process has learned plenty about the challenges of renovating and restoring a historic house.
posted: 11/22/2014 2:28 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: There is a sign at the intersection of Mara Lynn and Shackleford roads that says eastbound traffic cannot turn right on red between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. When I obey, drivers behind me become agitated. Some even honk. What is the reason for this sign? -- Yvonne
posted: 11/15/2014 4:22 a.m.
Last week's column about the flashing of headlights to warn other motorists of speed enforcement elicited a burst of impassioned responses.
posted: 11/08/2014 3:57 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Regarding your recent column on no law against flashing lights to warn of a speed trap ... last year someone flashed me. After passing a state trooper, I flashed an oncoming car. To my surprise a second trooper came out of hiding. He pulled me over and asked if there was something wrong with my headlights. I confessed. He gave me a warning ticket. It said Interfering Govt Operations. Was he pulling my leg? -- Hermit
posted: 11/01/2014 2:39 a.m.
Since its inception in 2007 (whiff of oxygen, please; we feel faint), this column has been steadfast in its reliance on both verifiable fact and seriousness of purpose. We never, ever, make jokes or fool around.
posted: 10/25/2014 2:38 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: How do real estate firms get away with putting open-house signs in the public right-of-way? I see them on sidewalks and even in the street. The city says it's not legal. Real estate people say they have a right to put the signs there. What's the answer? -- LR Resident
posted: 10/18/2014 3:50 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: On the way to work the other night, a car pulled up behind me on U.S. 67-167, rode my bumper, then blinked its lights. I figured it was a hotshot, and he wanted me to switch lanes. I was going the speed limit, so I stayed where I was since that was the lane I needed to be in. He blinked again, then passed me. It was a state trooper. Any idea what he wanted me to do? I'd like to know, so I can react properly next time. -- Old Friend and Bookend