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Monday, April 19, 2010

Fayetteville Festivals: I’ve got mine, Jack

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM

There has been a fair share of debate about recent festivals in Fayetteville, particularly the noisier ones. I can sympathize with the ones who are aggravated with the motorcycle rallies, but over the years I have been involved with a few too many agencies who have been dependent upon the largesse of the city of Fayetteville to jump on the “protecting the sanctity of our community” bandwagon.

The city contracts with a number of agencies  who are allotted a certain portion of the city shekels come budget time. We also have things - what are they called? Oh, yeah, police and fire departments, as well as other city services we sort of take for granted.

There is one ugly truth facing all communities in the United States today - tax revenues are down. This is something that all elected officials must deal with on a daily basis. Some cities make city employees take unpaid days off work, which deprives the public of their services - and also deprives the families of the individuals involved of needed income.

For all too many city employees, who may be living from paycheck to paycheck, this is an economic disaster waiting to happen. This should  be a nightmare for any elected officials in the city of Fayetteville.

That we are more than $200,000 in the hole already at this point in the year should be cause for great concern.

Folks who spend money in our community help our community. Any possible way that we can help them lose the weight of a few of those heavy dollars in their wallets or purses should be seen as a public (nay, even patriotic!) service, in this day and age.

Every festival brings folks in, who drop dollars into our tax coffers. We lost the Anime Festival to Bentonville this year, though it seems they will be returning to Fayetteville next year. The Kennel Club is moving to Bentonville after being in Fayetteville for many years.

Where are our advocates?

Or, to put it another way, where the hell are our advocates?

I’m not sure we should be turning our noses up too much at folks who are willing to spend money here. God knows, we aren’t in a position to turn it away.

Too much of the criticism of the biker festival this summer (all right, it has a stupid name) sound too much like the “I’ve got mine, Jack” philosophy.

Well, too many folks don’t have theirs.  Maybe we oughtta think about that.

Almost 20 years ago, Fayetteville City Board Director Shell Spivey warned that Fayetteville was in danger of becoming a “bedroom community,” a place where folks lived, but that they worked and spent their money elsewhere. He was treated with all the respect of Cassandra befoire the Battle of Troy, but it’s something to consider.

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Then again, who can forget the Hog City Diner War?

Around the turn of the century, here was a pretty good eaterie on the square by the name of the Hog City Diner. Some folks - too pretentious to be allowed to  leave the house alone - were in an uproar because the name wasn’t dignified enough for their  beloved Fayetteville square.

Yeah, well. You missed out on some good food.

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And what about those Tea Party folks?

I hope those Tea Party folks who congregated at the Fayetteville Town Center last Friday spent some money in our fair town. There are a couple of good restaurants within walking distance from the Town Center.

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Quote of the Day

Speak not against anyone whose burden you have not weighed yourself. - Marion Bradley

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On the Air with Barbara Nimri Aziz

Barbara Nimri Aziz  will be the guest this week on my show.

The New York based  Aziz, who recently spoke at the University at Arkansas, is the  Executive Producer of Radio Tahrir, which is carried on Pacifica Radio. One of her best-known books, is Swimming up the Tigris: Real Life Encounters with Iraq, in which she wrote of the effects of the sanctions against Iraq before the US invasion in 2003.

For most Americans, the term “sanctions” is clean and antiseptic, but for people living under them, living conditions can be harsh and brutal, when even the basic necessities of life are denied.

Besides the sanctions, Aziz will discuss at length the misconceptions that Western feminists often have of women in the “third-World,” Arab nationalism, and the failure of American media to accurately report on what is happening in that region of the world.

In addition, she will discuss her program Radio Tahrir and  “alternative” media such as Pacifica Radio.

Monday - (7pm)
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Saturday - (6pm)

C.A.T. is shown on Channel 18 of the Cox Channel line-up in Fayetteville.  

Those outside the Fayetteville viewing area can see the program online at:                                                                            
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