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Re: “LR police residency issue: Us vs. them

The idea that Little Rock police officers can (1) refuse to live in Little Rock, (2) claim that living in Little Rock is somehow burdensome to their families, (3) claim that the Little Rock School District provides educational opportunities for their families below what is available outside Little Rock, (4) claim they cannot afford to live in Little Rock, and (5) have their position echoed by the police chief says a lot. However, but none of what it says speaks well for the police chief, the LR mayor, board of directors and city manager, and the officers.

Imagine a mayor who made the same claims.

Imagine a city manager who made the same claims.

Imagine a police chief who made the same claims.

If police officers want to serve communities where they live, well and good. We should commend their commitment to be neighbors and know the people they are trusted to protect and serve.

But if police officers refuse to serve communities where they live, we should not call them neighbors. We should have enough backbone to call them mercenaries. They are not committed to the people in Little Rock neighborhoods. They do not have an interest in Little Rock as a place to live, work, raise families, enjoy leisure, and thrive. Their interest is financial.

The fault lies with the political leaders responsible for governance in Little Rock. If city directors and the mayor are unwilling to demand that police officers show enough loyalty to live among the people they are expected to serve, voters should dismiss those politicians and replace them with people who will tell police officers that Little Rock is a great place to live, not merely draw a pay check.

Little Rock residents should wonder why people who boast of their commitment to serving the public insist on being paid a bonus because they chose to live out of town. That is what the "incentive" talk amounts to. Of course, the politicians and bureaucrats who unwisely allow police cruisers to be removed from the community where they are expected to roll when officers are off duty aren't likely to admit their folly.

What a mess!

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Posted by Thinking on 07/18/2016 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Police protests reach Arkansas border

Baker and others, if you had elementary knowledge about principles of research and analysis you would understand "disproportionality of data." The data consistently show that persons of color are disproportionately victimized by abusive and homicidal police behavior. That disparity can be traced to systemic and deliberate law enforcement practices developed and validated by the U.S. Supreme Court after the 1964 Civil Rights Act was enacted (Terry v. Ohio--stop and frisk), (Florida v. Bostick--police detention and questioning without reasonable suspicion), (Atwater v. City of Lago Vista--allowing jail even for traffic violations punishable by fines), (Whren v. United States--pretextual police stops).

There is nothing racist about the points raised by Wendell Griffen. As the character played by Jack Nicholson (Colonel Harlan Jessup) in the A Few Good Men movie said, "you can't handle the truth." Deal with it.

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Posted by Thinking on 07/11/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

Kenneth Starr hurt decent people such as Betsey Wright and Susan McDougal. Baylor University should have never hired him.

Years ago a prominent Arkansas judge withdrew from membership in the Fellows of the American Bar Association after Mr. Starr was admitted. The judge did so because he did not to be associated with Starr. Who knows how many lives would have been spared pain if Baylor had rejected Starr in the same way?

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Posted by Thinking on 05/24/2016 at 10:20 PM

Re: “State Board of Education runs afoul of FOI law

Note to Kendra Clay: read David Harris v. City of Fort Smith.

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Posted by Thinking on 03/19/2016 at 9:19 PM

Re: “State Board of Education runs afoul of FOI law

The Hutchinson administration resembles the methods and mindset of the Faubus regime more each day.

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Posted by Thinking on 03/19/2016 at 8:17 PM

Re: “QQA, museum supporters want original Templars office bought

Mind you, Governor Hutchinson could designate the money to bid on the property in question from funds he controls. His hand-picked Director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (Stacy Hurst) could have requested that he do so.

Director Hurst could have already worked with local political and cultural leaders to seek a legislative appropriation, long ago.

The incompetence shown concerning the decision to ban the Black Lives Matter t-shirt was bad, but this is much worse. Thanks to the AT for, once again, exposing and reporting how poorly our political leaders perform their work.

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Posted by Thinking on 03/15/2016 at 11:06 PM

Re: “QQA, museum supporters want original Templars office bought

Let's see now.

Neither the Director nor the Deputy Director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage is educated, experienced, or otherwise qualified in historic preservation, museum administration, or cultural anthropology.

There is no plan to permanently fill the position of director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center this year.

Funds legislated for acquiring a known structure with direct relevance to black history in Arkansas have not been legislated for three years.

The current administration has no apparent plan to seek an appropriation to acquire the building that has been available for acquisition.

Alternative conclusions:

(1) The Department of Arkansas Heritage has been, and remains, led by people who lack interest in preserving and advancing the mission of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Centner, with its emphasis on the history, achievements, and culture of black people in Arkansas;

(2) Governors Beebe and Hutchinson have not staffed the Department of Arkansas Heritage with competent leaders;

(3) Governors Beebe, Hutchinson, state legislators, and City of Little Rock officials have not made the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and its area a priority (contrast the attention given to the River Market District).

(4) All, or any combination, of the above factors.

And people wonder why black Arkansans distrust the political leaders of this State.

If one intentionally appoints incompetent people to perform functions that require judgment based on specialized education, training, experience, and skill, and then deprives the entity they lead with the resources required to operate effectively, this is what results.

The situation is not an accident. This situation, like the incompetent leadership of the Arkansas Department of Education, is what happens when cronyism is preferred over competence.

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Posted by Thinking on 03/15/2016 at 10:57 PM

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