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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Nancy Allen and the Golden Boys

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Kudos to Fayetteville Alderman Nancy Allen, who wants to know exactly when the city council can have a face-to-face with “developers” John Nock and Richard Alexander, who are still saying that they expect Renaissance Towers to be built over the monstrous hole in the ground just off the Fayetteville square.

The Golden Boys (as one Fayetteville activist referred to them some years ago) have been making monthly payments to the city of Fayetteville, with the last $25,000 to be recorded soon. City Attorney Kit Williams says that the council should wait until the last payment has been received until the boys are called in.

Why?

Would they take umbrage and refuse to come in?

Wouldn’t it be neat to know which 2008 candidates these fellows will be  giving campaign contributions to?  Before the election?

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Dan Coody supports the arts - but this is kinda silly - well, more than kinda, really

Mayor Dan Coody has asked John Nock and Richard Alexander, the gracious gentlemen who “developed” Fayetteville’s Big Dig, to look at a whole bunch of options to improve the site, including the notion of putting up children’s paintings along part of the boundary.

I’d write more, but I can’t stop laughing.

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Poets on the loose! Can we grab a couple?

In Norwich, England, the public library - in conjunction with the city - is running a program in which books are left on public buses, in the hopes that folks might pick them up and read (The Park and Read scheme). The buses actually stop for a time so that passengers can relax and read, if they so desire. They plan seems to be a big hit with the public.

Another part of the program is having poets on city buses, reciting short poems. A friend in England sent me this example of a short poem read by a young poet recently:

Mary had a little lamb,
 She had a pony too.
She put the pony in a field,
The lamb into a stew

Are we gonna let these folks get the drop on us?

Of course, we can hardly get local cities to come up with their fair share to keep the buses on the road, let alone have passengers do something as un-American as listening to poetry while they are traveling . . .

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Why not let a writer know how much you appreciate them?

Several years ago I attended a science fiction convention in Tulsa, and was looking over a table of used books. I looked over to my right, and standing next to me, also looking at the books was a slightly built man in his older years. I’m sure I must have stopped breathing for a second or two.

The man was one of the giants of my boyhood, one of the writers whose stories helped me survive an often unhappy childhood (especially my junior high years). I wanted to thank him for all the hours of reading pleasure he had give me.

But I didn’t. I was tongue-tied.

And then the moment passed, and he moved away. A few months later he died, and I berated myself for not taking advantage of the opportunity I had been given.

Every time a writer passes on, it makes me wish I had taken the time to write them a letter or email, and let them know how much I appreciated their writing. But since then, I have attempted, when possible, to actually make contact with a writer and let them know how much I enjoyed their work, and how much it means to me.

In many cases it's not terribly difficult to locate contact information for writers; many writers have websites. Don't wait until a good writer is gone before thinking of telling them how much you appreciate them.

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