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    As a citizen, I don't get to choose not to pay taxes because I don't like what the Arkansas state government is spending state and federal money on, such as paying a Chinese company, Sun Paper, approximately $1 billion to build a paper mill in Clark County.
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Re: “Baker Kurrus: Opposes Little Rock School District tax proposal

ArkTimes, 2013 (Thanks Dr John Kirk UALR)
Not today's Good Suit Club
The new demonstrations brought the city's businessmen back to the negotiating table. Fearing the negative publicity of escalating protests and a prolonged battle over desegregation, they made a decision to broker a compromise. Eventually, after further haggling, they reached an agreement with black representatives to desegregate downtown lunch counters in early 1963.

James Penick took charge of the operation. He first approached the store manager at Woolworths and explained that the DNC had reached an agreement with students to desegregate lunch counters in return for an end to demonstrations. The manager at Woolworths agreed to go along with the plan if other stores were also willing to participate. Penick used this tentative agreement to persuade other stores to follow suit.

When all the major downtown stores agreed to cooperate, store managers, businessmen, and representatives from the black community met to discuss arrangements for desegregation. They agreed that initially a small delegation from the black community would ask for service at specific stores at a set date and time. At first the black groups would stay only for a short while and, by pre-arrangement over the course of the next few weeks, they would increase their numbers and length of stay. Both sides agreed to notify the local police and the staff at lunch counters in advance to avoid any incidents.
Events in Little Rock underscored the importance of the white business community in paving the way for racial change to the city. Spurred on by the refusal of black activists to settle for second-class citizenship, the business community provided leadership when the general public was reluctant to accept necessary changes and when politicians were in thrall to the electoral benefits of supporting segregation. Pragmatic self-interest drove their actions, as they realized that a more progressive social and racial climate were absolutely essential preconditions for economic advancement.

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Posted by Diogenes on 04/29/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Baker Kurrus: Opposes Little Rock School District tax proposal

Thanks Baker and Max. I was going to hold nose and vote yes. I now solid NO.

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Posted by Diogenes on 04/29/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Chamber gets a pat on back at City Board; welfare payment vote to come next week

Mrs Diogenes remarks, "$300,000 will buy a lot of apples and bannanas"

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Posted by Diogenes on 04/12/2017 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Heights Corner Market (nee Terry's) is open

Open. Good to see Bubba and the fellows. And Ms Lou Ann.

Posted by Diogenes on 03/25/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Jones Bar-B-Q of Marianna has a related outpost in Jacksonville

Craig's redux in LR had recurrent food poisoning problems. Wish they were here. And the Shack, altho HBs lives on, weekday lunch only. (Barbecue seems better on Saturday) Sims thrives, thank goodness.

Seems like a Stubby's on Cantrell lasted a while. I miss Fisher's on Pulaski, Ballards on MLK. Herb's made Fair Park and Markham smell great.

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Posted by Diogenes on 03/24/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “State obtains new execution drugs

Can the state have 'unidentified' vendors?

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Posted by Diogenes on 03/13/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “The Everything Is Awful Edition

ABC still have football. All the good suit club money threw $$ at that idea. Where are they now?

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Posted by Diogenes on 03/11/2017 at 1:05 PM

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