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Monday, July 18, 2011

Springdale plant workers eye Sears’ future with concern - some workers only working three or four days a week

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Sears has been on the financial ropes for a long time now, and outside of the store in the Northwest Arkansas Mall, there are other workers in our area who are watching the the misfortunes of the once-mighty retail giant with some real fear.

More than a few employees at Apex Tool Group in Springdale are worried about their financial futures. And by financial futures I mean in some cases paying next month’s utility bills, and groceries for their families.

Apex makes a number of tools, including Napa, Matco, Armstrong and Craftsman, which is sold at Sears.

Orders have been down lately at the plant.

How far down are manufacturing orders?

Well, a number of workers who had been working overtime every weekend are now working three and four day weeks. Some employees are said to be using vacation days to round out their paychecks, so that they can bring a full week’s paycheck home.

But after their vacation days are used up?

And what about employees who haven’t worked long enough to build up enough vacation time to help themselves and their families at a time like this?

I’ve been in that situation myself, and it’s pretty nerve-wracking, even frightening at times.

Buy American, folks.

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“Official Art” in the public space? Run, Fayetteville, run . . .

I sort of like the idea of the city of Fayetteville supporting art, myself. After all, we have supported the the creative artists who use public access television for three decades in this community, and artists of all types have availed themselves of the channel.

But then, I like the idea of a program where all Fayetteville artists can take part. I’d hate to see the proposed arts program become Snootyville, where some art is “good enough” to be included and some art (the majority?) isn’t.

And art for sale along the local trails? Personally, I kind of think the trails are a work of art all by themselves - why gild the Lilly?


More than any other city in Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville respects the creative spirit. But if the city of Fayetteville ever finds itself in the position of officially having to judge what art is worthy or unworthy (now there’s an ugly word) of being allowed in the public space it should run like hell in the opposite direction.

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Quote of the Day

Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone. - Paul Tillich, The Eternal Now

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