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Re: “Seven reasons why closing late-night clubs early is a bad idea for Little Rock

It's sad to see the state of which journalism has reached. First, let me start by saying that I do agree with the overarching point that clubs should be allowed to remain open as long as it makes sense from a business standpoint. If there is a market to be filled by people who enjoy staying out until 5:00 in the morning drinking and dancing, then someone should be allowed to fill that market.
With that said, this article comes across as someone taking personal umbrage with the "old fuddy duds" and assuming that their personal anecdotes are somehow more valid than the opposition by providing "evidence" which is incredibly loose. With just a tad bit more digging, one would probably come to a conclusion that leans more towards the contrary. Let's look at the Walmart statistic that the author noted as an example. The fact that there were more police calls reported to Walmart versus a late night club is in no way shape or form "evidence" that proves that late night clubs are generally safer for the patrons of the establishment vs those who shop at Walmart. Did the author bother to dig further to see what percentage of such calls were resulting from domestic violence? No? Okay, well that might have been helpful. There is a difference between police responding to a casual shoplifting complaint, and responding to a drunken brawl. Furthermore, I wonder how many of the Walmart calls that *were* the direct result of violence and public intoxication were resulting in the assailants who had just left the late night club shortly beforehand.
There are many more points that I think are simply lazy, and have no place in this article, but I do not have the time to sit and respond to each and everyone of them. Case in point, if you are going to attempt to sway opinion on something through journalism, it is more noteworthy to do it properly through strong and empirical evidence, rather than loose talking points and anecdotes.

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Posted by Brandon Creek on 08/14/2014 at 10:09 AM

 

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