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REX NELSON: Hell in a handbasket July 16, 2017 at 7:39 a.m.

If you believe I should have a warm and fuzzy feeling because Little Rock is not Memphis, Jackson etc, then you are wrong. Little Rock may not have lost population like these cities, but they have lost opportunity. The impressive growth of cities that surround Little Rock has not gone unnoticed. With their growth has come a decline in sales tax revenues in our city, a lack of real job growth in the private sector, and a decline in the quality of our public schools. So, population stagnation is not the only measurement. Little Rock deserves some help from the state; they have for years. It's unfair and certainly unreasonable to expect our city to provide the infrastructure to support those who commute for our public sector (government) jobs. A city earnings tax would be helpful. But that alone will not solve our problems. The root of them is SCHOOLS. It has taken years of neglect to drive people out of this city. State and city officials have ignored the problem as they focused on west Little Rock and the downtown revitalization. It may be too late for us.

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Letters July 11, 2017 at 10:05 a.m.

Mr. Lemond - the lumber company may not offer health insurance, but they must have worker's comp, which would cover medical expenses for on-the-job accidents. And there are countless lawyers looking for work that would gladly take this case. So, I find your remarks as offensive as you found Mr. Miller's letter. His were honest.....yours not so.

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Little Rock board's help sought in homeless-feeding move July 11, 2017 at 8:42 a.m.

What the city is trying to do is continue their "marketing plan" of promoting the downtown revitalization. It started with the Clinton Library "park"-River Market. The Convention Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Partnership, City leaders and their developer friends all want the homeless to go far away from downtown. Their presence hurts the narrative that "downtown is the place". Homeless people frighten tourists, conventioneers, local citizens, and especially potential occupants of those rentals-condos being marketed. Now the city leadership is being asked to spend OUR tax dollars to provide a tent and transportation so that homeless feeding will be out of sight from downtown.

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Make it stop now July 10, 2017 at 8:23 a.m.

What a crock of crap!! I spent my entire career working for Fortune 500 companies. I've worked with women and FOR women. I've never witnessed anything like what you are suggesting today. This is just another road down the path of "bashing Trump". Where were you when Clinton was abusing women in Arkansas and beyond? Why didn't you write a pity post about the poor mistreated Hillary?
There is zero evidence that our president is waging a war on women. He has included them in his administration in KEY posts. Words don't equate to reality. This article proves that.

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Trump's champion July 9, 2017 at 10:51 a.m.

JB - you had me agreeing with you until....."Barack Obama was the exception as both a good man and good president, which no one in Arkansas wants to hear, which is why it's important I say it". What a joke. If there ever was a poster boy for the "Peter Principle",and a racist to boot.......his name is BHO. But that's what you get when you have no ability and surround yourself with folks who are equally inept as yourself. Nice try, John.

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Trying to gain an understanding of this complex industry July 9, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.

Free healthcare is NOT a right.....but at least Medicare does require me to have a supplemental policy to cover what they don't. So, even this would be better than giving it away for free. The idea that someone who is 138% and up above the poverty line deserves any help is Un-American. I view them as like those in front of me in the grocery store buying better food on their EBT card.

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Capital city crisis July 9, 2017 at 9:20 a.m.

Rex: when you have 70 police officer vacancies, and the last class graduated only 8, and the current class has only 18, how long will it take to fill these vacant slots? The city is attempting to revise their hiring standards, but even if they are successful it will take a year or much longer to do what needs to be done. As cities around Little Rock grow they can afford to compete for police talent. And most of them offer a more docile work environment compared to gang banger city.
The problems in Little Rock did not happen over night. It took years of benign neglect from city leaders. For the past several their focus has been downtown revitalization. And look where that strategy has taken us. Added to this problem and probably a major cause is the condition of our school district after years of mismanagement and neglect from local city leaders, civic leaders, the even the press. Quality education equals job opportunities, and economic growth. Alternatives to private schools which the poor can't afford must be supported not demonized. More help from state government whose commuter employees utilize the city's infrastructure but pay nothing. And new city leadership that has a vision for this city that looks beyond the few blocks surrounding city hall.

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Little Rock group hashes out homeless-feeding idea July 8, 2017 at 8:27 a.m.

Just as I predicted here when this committee was formed.... City leaders DON'T WANT HOMELESS PEOPLE IN DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK or even city parks. It scares away our citizens and puts forth a bad image to our tourist-conventioneers, and clients of real estate developers trying to sell condos in downtown LR. The committee will ask the city for a tent and transportation. Who will pay for this? You and I will. So the bottom line is developers and the chamber of commerce get what they want and us taxpayers pay for it. And you wonder what is wrong with this city?

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U.S., state to help Little Rock tamp violence July 7, 2017 at 10:14 a.m.

"And when you think about Little Rock as our seat of government, as a center for tourism, medical services and economic development, my focus as an economic developer is to bring people to the state of Arkansas who want to live and work here and see our incredible quality of life. If the state government wanted to do anything for the capital city it would have provided some support and help years ago as they watched the school system go to hell. But the same could be said for LR city officials. I'll give the gov credit removing the clowns from the LRSD and putting it in the hands of responsible people. Nothing will improve the quality of life (which sucks) for LR until we have a functional school system....one that has "tough love" for those children and parents who don't want to be part of the solution. There's a place for them down south of Little Rock.......Tucker will leave a light on.

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Reefer madness July 6, 2017 at noon

I now actually believe a recent statement by those wanting to preserve Obamacare when they claimed that Arkansas has 187,000 drug addicts who might lose coverage. Obviously they must also be counting the dopers who smoke pot. What I don't understand is how can we as a society wreck the tobacco industry and still want to allow what is a very uncontrolled substance to be inhaled. I just hope the government wackos in charge don't subsidize this madness with my tax dollars.

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