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Re: “What happened to the Little Rock Film Festival?

"...there is no real benefit to CALS". CALS killed the LRFF. Dance around it all you want; The petty bickering, the lack of back bone Mr. Roberts displayed time and time again when it came to his own staff's ugly behavior toward festival staff and events, all contributed. To be fair, LRFF often wanted something for nothing. Despite the success people saw from the outside, it was a slow painful death once LRFF moved into the Ron Robinson theater building. Sad because Mr. Roberts showed such great leadership to get the project done but no leadership once it was completed, up and running. Now CALS has a state of the art theater they don't know how to operate/run. Lose/Lose/Lose/Lose/Lose all around for CALS, LRFF, City of Little Rock, AMPI and everyone who loved and supported the festival.

22 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by EatAtJoes on 10/02/2015 at 7:41 AM

Re: “No bowl game in Little Rock in 2015

Legalized HATE discrimination and all the bad press over it during the 2015 legislative session probably didn't help win over anyone at the Sun Belt and American conferences. What kind of image for the conference organizations would that project to the rest of the country? Regardless of the recent city council efforts, it's too late. Arkansas has shown their ass so to speak and that ass is red, ugly, intolerant and hateful in the name of Jesus (A predominantly Baptist Jesus at that by legislative count). We hate gays, we hate women, we hate those who may worship differently (who's your church family?) or are not from here but by all means come on down for some southern hospitality in our great state's capitol city. Seriously, for a state that claims it wants to increase economic development it sure does it's best to prevent it. Case in point - what NEW stores are actually coming to the "outlet mall"? From the recent list it appears everyone at Park Plaza is moving over there. From public school debacles to ten commandments on state property and everything female or gay in between. "Welcome to Arkansas" isn't much of a welcome to the rest of the country.

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Posted by EatAtJoes on 04/24/2015 at 10:01 AM

Re: “North Little Rock mayor confirms talks about Arkansas Arts Center

Dog Town is sure looking more and more like the Top Dog these days. Lets face it, the AAC in McArthur Park is looking shabby, weary and worn. To add to the situation is the matter of location, location, location - sitting in a section of LR that's just not very inviting no matter how much lipstick they put on the pig. The revitalization of LR is just not as much of a draw as the city wants or needs. NLR is gunning it in all fronts from the riverfront/Argenta to the revamping of the schools.

Most who support the arts have made the pilgrimage north to Crystal Bridges, after that the AAC looks even less attractive and appealing. I would encourage a one-ups by the Stephens, show Alice and the rest of us your money and build something truly spectacular here in the capitol city. Turn the current location into a specialty satellite arts/educational center.

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Posted by EatAtJoes on 02/05/2015 at 7:54 AM

Re: “New Quest charter middle school opens with a different look than surrounding school districts

One more LRSD school we should use as a comparison that would have high achieving affluent kids feeding into middle schools is Forest Park Elementary which has only 21% overall minority, 14% black and a whopping 79% white. OUCH!

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Posted by EatAtJoes on 09/12/2014 at 12:53 PM

Re: “New Quest charter middle school opens with a different look than surrounding school districts

Well then, it is a bit confusing when you write this, "Here are the key demographics comparing Quest with the same percentages in the three public school districts in Pulaski County in 2013-14"

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Posted by EatAtJoes on 09/11/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “New Quest charter middle school opens with a different look than surrounding school districts


According to these numbers Quest is 64.5%white. 25.4 % black and 10.6% other minorities. Making it actually 35.5% overall minority students.

That’s an overall minority population larger than LRSD’s Jefferson Elementary at 29% overall and larger than Jefferson’s black population of 24%. Also, smaller than their white population of 71%.

Compared to LRSD’s Roberts Elementary which had and overall minority population of 42%, a black population of 27% and a white population of 58%.

I use these two schools because their test scores are similar. They also have close FRL % at 27% and 26%

Totals are based on the 2013-2014 school year from the Office For Education Policy.…

I have more questions. Not all students came from public education even if coming from a district zone so…

How many of these students came from a home schooling?

How many came from a private school?

How many came from enrollment in LRSD, PCSSD and NLR public middle schools (7th and 8th grade students)?

I agree that this is not an apples to apples comparison when you look at an entire district of 25,000 (LRSD) or 17,000 (PCSSD) vs. 169 (Quest).

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by EatAtJoes on 09/11/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Legislative candidate denies allegations about abuse, paying for abortion

How does a candidate campaign as "pro-family" with two divorces behind him? That's not family values. Those are not pro family choices he made in his personal life. His SECOND ex wife fears retribution? This has red flags all over the place.

Moreover he says he is concerned about "forced government health care" but, he is anti-abortion? He shouldn't be forcing his views onto women and their choices of healthcare and control of their bodies.

His statements of position are opposite to choices he has already made in his own life.

16 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by EatAtJoes on 05/08/2014 at 4:35 PM

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