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Re: “Quapaw Quarter Association asks governor not to abolish zoning district

I just relocated to Jackson, MS which for many decades had nothing to protect its downtown and capitol district. The result is a landscape of mismatched architecture, unkept surface parking lots, and the loss of dozens of late Victorian, Edwardian, and even some early modernist buildings. The result is a downtown struggling for identity. Luckily we have a good overlay district now, but much of the damage is done.

Posted by presrevrob on 02/08/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “McSwain's departure as head of Historic Preservation confirmed

I endured several years with Stacy Hurst as my city councilperson. I was not important enough for her time since I lived in the lesser part of 07. She was dismissive, ineffective, and ill equipped for the job. Now she has taken her road show to an important and under appreciated state agency. This is the real danger of political hackery.

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Posted by presrevrob on 01/22/2017 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Arkansas archeologist does his job, is asked to leave

This is what happens when a dilettante is made head of an agency requiring actual knowledge. I thought at the start that the director would be a disaster after my disappointing experiences with her as my city councilwoman. Now with the atrocious new headquarters building and yet another example here of failure to follow the most basic steps to preserve knowledge about the city's past we see that we are getting what we voted for with Gov. Hutchinson. All governors are guilty of patronage. But rewarding smart people who know their jobs and foolish people who just want to be in charge of something is quite a different thing.

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Posted by presrevrob on 12/15/2016 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Arkansas starts Food Hall of Fame

I like Max's suggested threesome to start. I would add fried pies from Lil's bbq on Asher (long gone) and the chicken salad from A Very Special Tea Room in the Heights (also long gone) For a small state and for LR as a small city, we are blessed with many many great food options and entrepreneurs.

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Posted by presrevrob on 09/09/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “What the Governor's Mansion flap says about the GOP era

Just to add to the irony of all this partisan nonsense, the chairman of the committee for the governor's mansion when it was built (who raised much of the money and kept the project on target) was one of the few dyed in the wool Republicans in Arkansas in the late 1940's and early 1950's. His name was Clyde Lowry and he was President of both the Chamber of Commerce and the former Community Chest in a day when civic responsibility was part of being a business leader. He led the initiative to build the mansion knowing that it would likely be occupied by Democrats for his lifetime. There was a time, long long ago, when party lines were about personal political viewpoint and not about demonizing the "other side" because for most (not all) there was just one side. Arkansas' side.

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Posted by presrevrob on 06/22/2016 at 9:34 PM

Re: “The ballad of Fred and Yoko

A well told story. What a gift to have such wonderful long-form journalism in our local weekly paper. Thanks for this and thanks to the Times for the investment in this kind of real journalism.

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Posted by presrevrob on 03/31/2016 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Big cases looming for Supreme Court, with vacant seat after Justice Antonin Scalia's death

One thing I believe the article gets wrong is saying that the court will be without a full bench "for nearly a year." It will likely be two years before any case of true relevance is heard and decided. Consider- 11 months left in Obama's term. His successor does not have the power to forward a name to the Senate until after taking the oath at noon on January 20. Even if the name is already known, the nomination is not real until that day. Then the Senate will have to give at least a pretense of a hearing. Even if a Republican gets elected and the senate stays in Republican hands, they will have to go through the motions of a nomination process which will take at least a month and perhaps two. But even if the process takes just a month, that new justice will not take the bench until mid to late February 2017. That leaves just four months of the term and on controversial cases, that justice will have to hear oral arguments. The likely scenario is that decisions that are 4-4 in conference from now until the time a successor is named will be held over. That means it could be fall 2017 before some cases are heard and 2018 before they are decided. All because the Senate wants to wait to have a new president just in case it is a president of their own party. That would represent the most blatant abuse of judicial nominations since Johnson tried to make his buddy Abe Fortas CJ. Everyone has a role here: the President is constitutionally required to name a justice (not on any time table but it is his job), the Senate must advise and either consent or not, the public must vote against any senator who refuses to do their constitutional duty. Voting NO is just fine. But refusing to do your job is an abdication of your role as a legislator and is grounds for being voted out of office.

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Posted by presrevrob on 02/14/2016 at 4:43 PM

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Little River County gears up for Sesquicentennial

Little River County gears up for Sesquicentennial

Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries


 

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