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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

How the Uniform Civil Rights Protection ordinance will benefit Fayetteville’s economy - whether it passes or not

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Fayetteville City Council members Adella Gray (Ward 1) and Matthew Petty (Ward 2) have introduced the Uniform Civil Rights Protection ordinance; perhaps the old truism will will actually prove right, and three times will be the charm on this occasion.

But even if it doesn’t, well, not to worry. One has to look on the bright side of things, if one is truly civic minded.

Oh, stop fluttering your hands, and just pay attention to my arguments here.

Now, while I was a whole-hearted supporter of Randy Zurcher’s Human Dignity Resolution back in the 1990s - including writing an endorsement of it for the Ozark Gazette - my support for Petty’s ordinance last year was somewhat more tepid. It was only when I saw the hysterical breast-beating at the city council meeting that I realized that not only was ignorance alive and well in Northwest Arkansas, but it was breeding like a horde of wild rabbits.

This ordinance may have a better chance, though special elections still leave me a little cold, especially with the $30,000 price tag. Still, there are any number of ways the next few months can benefit Fayetteville.

Even though religious organizations may be exempt from the ordinance, only an idiot would believe that members of such organizations won’t show up in droves to city meetings or other events to vent their wrath.

Especially cuz we are talking about bathrooms again. Oh, god, the horror!

Perhaps I am simple-minded, or perhaps I have just been writing about politics (and been involved with politics) for far too long, but I have always believed that passion, reasoned arguments and eloquence will win the day over whining, anger and tears.

Well, September isn’t all that far away, so while the city may well have to spend some of our tax money on a special election, there is a way that Fayetteville can financially benefit from the battle to come.

Who will benefit, you might ask? Well, think on this.

The letters to the editor pages will become a lot more entertaining in the coming months.

Both sides will use public access television to reach out to the public, either using the Short Takes services offered, appearing on talk shows or producing their own programs.

Radio and television stations will benefit, since folks will be buying air time. These stations will be taxed on their profit from these ads.

Newspapers will carry ads - ditto for them.

Print and sign shops will make loads of money, as folks run to them to get flyers, signs and posters made.

This is all exhausting work; folks will eventually have to take a break and grab some breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of Fayetteville’s many fine dining establishments.

All hail the HMR tax!

Hell, maybe we can bring in as much revenue from various sources as Bikes Blues and BBQ. Maybe even more . . .

And, of course, maybe we’ll win this time. That would be nice.

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Quote of the Day

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.” - Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

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