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Monday, September 11, 2006

DOG-style politics

Posted By on Mon, Sep 11, 2006 at 1:05 PM

We wrote previously about the Democrat-Gazette’s overheated editorial Sunday in opposition to the county sales tax to hold more burglars in jail. As it said:

We criticized the way county leaders spend, spend, spend on extras – like the Big Dam Bridge – instead of basics – like public safety.

You could have fooled us. We thought the newspaper liked the bridge. After all, it’s heavily promoting the big bike ride to celebrate the opening. And consider this from the same editorial page Jan. 13, 2004:

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Now this is government spending!

How many folks in Pulaski County felt the same happy anticipation we did when they picked up the paper and read about the new bike/pedestrian bridge coming over the Arkansas River? We stopped just short of shouting Hallelujah! But only just short.

…Yes, it’s a big investment at $9 million. But it’s an investment in what chamber types call our Quality of Life. (Translation: It makes us happier and healthier.)

…Sure there’ll be people who’ll gripe about the price of this project – probably some of the same folks who objected to the River Rail Trolley. They’ll point out that Little Rock has some street problems it could spend the money on.

We understand.

But we don’t remember a lot of folks begging for a trolley.

We know lots of joggers, cyclists, walkers and nature lovers who’ve been anxious to see this trail completed. It’s a natural for the capital city of the Natural State. It’ll doubtless boost tourism, but even if the gain in dollars and cents is only slight, the value of a bridge like this is priceless. …

Unless it can be demagogued dishonestly to beat a tax you don’t like. Priceless. Yes, that's a good word.


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