Max Brantley 
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senior editor, Arkansas Times

Updated on September 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Latest Review

Re: “Burge's Turkeys and Hams

Smoked meat is the draw here, but they also make great fried catfish and fried fruit pies. The menu is huge. But this is the single best thing in the place: Containers of smoked turkey salad. You can pretend there's only a touch of mayo along with the ground up turkey and seasoning. It's healthy, see?

Posted by Max Brantley on 07/09/2010 at 1:47 PM

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Recent Comments

Re: “I-30 widening could end River Rail transport east of interstate

This is nuts in so many ways and I don't just mean the crossover. Highway Department doesn't want to do anything but move people on freeways as fast as possible. Gives not a damn on quality of city life. Why does AHTD care about speed by which people pass UNDER a freeway? Real transportation planners include rails, bikes and, yes, even pedestrians in their plans, not just ever more lanes to get to Cabot and Benton and Sheridan.

28 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Max Brantley on 10/12/2015 at 4:11 PM

Re: “A brief history of computers

Buying an IBM PS1, with an astounding 80MB of hard drive, so I could communicate with five or six other people on Prodigy. We'd meet for lunch sometimes. Called ourselves the Prodigals.

Posted by Max Brantley on 10/12/2015 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Little Rock Tech Park: Same old story of establishment politics

I have explained this several times, deadsea, but I'll try again. Cities in Arkansas have only a few meaningful sources of money -- an operating property tax, but it is capped at 5 mills; state turnback, on which it is at mercy of legislature; the sales tax, and utility franchise fees. The sales tax is regressive. It applies to food and clothing and other necessities. The same for the utility franchise fees. I wish we could have a city income tax. I wish we could have a commuter tax. I wish we had a more progressively funded state government better able to support cities. We don't. So when the inevitable occurs -- rising costs and real needs meet an inelastic revenue supply -- cities inevitably turn to the sale tax. In the last sales tax campaign, I indeed grudgingly supported the operational half of the increase because it went almost entirely to lift pay of garbage men, police and firefighters and other employees who'd been frozen in pay while costs all around them rose. I could have said "No, let the bastards suffer until somehow, sometime voters are offered a progressive means of improving the lot of public service and safety workers." Kind of like when people said principle demanded that they vote for Ralph Nader over Al Gore. We know how that turned out.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Max Brantley on 10/07/2015 at 1:53 PM

Re: “John Walker prepared to rev up school litigation


Yes. See the Walton-pushed 2015 legislation intended to end the Little Rock School District.

20 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Max Brantley on 10/07/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Little Rock Tech Park: Same old story of establishment politics

Last time arhog:

I've linked before to the column I wrote in which I flatly opposed the capital projects portion of the sales tax precisely because of the tech park outlay and I filed an ethics complaint about the financing process for the sales tax campaign.

You're welcome to whatever opinions you have, but not misstatement of fact.

10 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Max Brantley on 10/07/2015 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Hot dogging at the State Fair

I've been wanting that dog all day. But it has to have slaw on it, too.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Max Brantley on 10/06/2015 at 3:37 PM

Re: “NY Times: How mass shooters got their arsenals

Thanks for correction Gyl. As noted, I picked it up from wire service accounts. Does it alter the larger picture, really, however? He bought a military style weapon and carried it in a setting where it could be used for a purpose for which it is particularly suitable, killing a lot of people quickly.

14 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Max Brantley on 10/04/2015 at 10:36 AM

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