Praise for George Howard | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Praise for George Howard

Posted By on Sat, Aug 26, 2006 at 11:21 AM

Editor Garrick Feldman calls attention to Ernie Dumas' latest editorial in The Leader, praising federal Judge George Howard's blow for Democracy in giving the Green Party a place on the election ballot. He make several worthwhile observations. He's not so sure cheering Republicans are right in their presumption that this will help their candidate by giving liberals disaffected by Beebe's caution another protest outlet. But he also notes that this ruling bodes ill in time when splinter right-wing candidates find ballot slots that drain support from a Republican nominee.

Now on a wholly different subject related to George Howard and mentioned by a reader recently: What in the world is he dilly-dallying for in calling in yet another expert to assess the clearly shameful condition of University Mall? Simon Property, which had other plans for this market with Dillard's, clearly let the mall go to hell. The shopping center manager is acting belatedly and inadequately now. Simon wants to be bought out by the land owners are to be given a new lease to build a new center. Nonsense and the landowners are right to resist. Simon didn't fulfill its  end of the lease contract with the land owners to operate a viable shopping center. The lease should be terminated. The land owners should then get with Target, which wants to anchor a new power center there, and blow a huge blast of new life into Universty Avenue. This would be justice. This would be good for Little Rock.

The city directors who voted so firmly with Simon for the Summit Mall (we're thinking particularly of a current candidate for mayor) should be ashamed for getting in bed with this bunch. Many of us saw then how bad that proposal was for the city at large. But now, it is crystal clear what a breach of public trust support for Simon meant. They are a bad corporate citizen and it was clear then. City directors are at least six years late in jumping on Simon's backside. The richest shopping center developer in the U.S. is responsible for a rotting stretch of University Avenue. They were deadbeats for six years on paying for a land use study. Even now they drag their feet and thumb their nose at the city permit process in performing inadequate repairs at the mall. It's time for George Howard to make them pay.


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