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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Belated Sunday open line

Posted By on Sun, Jun 14, 2015 at 7:04 PM

Sorry about the lateness, folks. Please, take it away.

*WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS: There's a good report by Spencer Willems in the Democrat-Gazette today —distributed in part by the AP — about the patchwork condition of levees throughout the state. Levees are typically supervised entirely by autonomous local entities, many of which have become inactive over the decades through slow attrition. Evidently, there's not a surfeit of ambitious young political upstarts in, say, Miller County clamoring to be on the board of the local levee district. Political erosion has begot literal erosion, with potentially disastrous results. Willems reports that the legislature is planning on taking up the topic later this month.

*HAPPY 179th: Tomorrow marks the anniversary of Arkansas statehood, a fact I would never have known if it hadn't been for a weekend event hosted by the Old State House and the Historic Arkansas Museum. So, 179 years. Success or failure? You be the judge.

*YOU GOT SOME EXPLAINING TO DO: Well, it turns out that Pope County guy arrested for bestiality last week ran an animal shelter, which was called "I Love Lucy Pet Rescue." Sad stuff, and I think that's about all I want to say about that.

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