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Re: “State Education Department's double standard complicates bond vote

Joyce, you need to be publishing nationally. Only when outsiders do the shame will anyone get a backbone. Thanks you for your unflagging support of public education of which most of us are a product.

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Posted by Ellen Davidson Thom on 01/13/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Dale Bumpers stories: From Charleston to the seats of power

To me, he was Atticus Finch. That's how I will always remember him. His speech during the impeachment hearings was a master class and should be taught in classrooms.

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Posted by Ellen Davidson Thom on 01/03/2016 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Gov. Asa Hutchinson's fuzzy Medicaid math

I am offended that Asa has singled out three of the most vulnerable populations to come up with savings in Medicaid: disabled, mentally ill, and nursing home patients. Not only are they the most vulnerable medically but their conditions are chronic and many have no strong advocates or collective means to challenge decisions made about their health. The fact is the care for these patients is often substandard already. So any adjustments to their care should be strenuously vetted to see if you can truly save money while improving care. A good place to start is putting more teeth into nursing home inspections and ombudsmen programs. Anoth
r goal should be to support financially the inhome caregivers who keep these patients out of expensive institutional care.

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Posted by Ellen Davidson Thom on 12/22/2015 at 3:34 PM

Re: “John Diamond publishes book on UA budget scandal that got him fired

I always believed Diamond from day one. The practice of spending all year, then doing electronic journal entries, esp when you have a whole army of finance, accountants, auditors, a treasurer, department heads, budget office etc is pure amateurism. No, worse, it was fraud. Their explanations never made any fiscal sense. Good for Diamond. I hope he makes some money. Whistleblowing is a hard path.

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Posted by Ellen Davidson Thom on 10/14/2015 at 5:55 PM

Re: “The roots of Little Rock's segregated neighborhoods

This whole article is incredibly eye-opening and was all going on right under our noses. Of course, we saw some of what was happening, but it is overwhelmingly sad to see how systematically and cruelly this has been perpetrated on us. There is a huge amount of nostalgia for LR in the mid-20th century - and not just the Leave it to Beaver nostalgia. The City itself was a better place and might have continued and prospered without this racial interference. We should have been able to do a much better job both before an after the Civil Rights Act. But most astonishing how we have been engineered in a different direction from the get-go. Why am I so angry and sad? And now we are dealing with the inevitable fall-out.

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Posted by Ellen Davidson Thom on 10/14/2015 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Mayor to Arts Center: Don't forget LR

I worked at the AAC and can tell you MacArthur Park and its location that far east was a detriment even back in the 70s and 80s. It is seen as seedy and unsafe. After living in other cities like Seattle and Denver, I returned in 2011. It is my opinion that investing everything into the development east of Main is short-sighted in that is actually an appendix (spur) to overall downtown. Everything west of Broadway is severely neglected and downright sad even though the State Capitol could be an important anchor. Lower Kavanaugh and Stifft Station, and lower Hillcrest have suffered. I envision a major Central Park botanic garden encompassing many square blocks between Broadway and the State Capitol with diverse offerings of office, retail, housing, recreation, trails, beauty, etc. The AAC could be a centerpiece of this. Keep the historically significant buildings within the park and through eminent domain acquire the others and tear them down, moving them to the periphery of the park, revitalizing the Train Station, Seventh Street, etc. Increase the density. The AAC could benefit by having more relationship to its surroundings and the synergy of being in such a setting. The problem with Riverfront Park is the psychological barrier that it is not open and visible or easily accessible from any point. One also gets the feeling that traversing a few linear blocks to the Clinton Library completes the trip downtown. A Pattern Language and the Timeless Way of Building should be prerequisites for anyone doing planning. There is a reason some cities are still beautiful and inviting after 1,000 or more years. I have also thought that downtown LR will never achieve critical mass until it has a true urban college downtown, maybe just one college of a university, such as design and architecture. Having young people populate the area makes it hip and keeps residents in the area when all the workers make a mass exit at 5 p.m. More density would also attract the grocery stores and other amenities. One cannot underestimate psychological barriers, visibility and accessibility of amenities, and beauty oases within concrete jungles.

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Posted by Ellen Davidson Thom on 02/15/2015 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Marking four years since Ellison shooting, family's attorney alleges LRPD cover up

So 4 officers, two male and two female, couldn't subdue an old man with a cane while there on a welfare check? And the cover up and mishandling of evidence is massive. Unacceptable. Officers should be trained in numerous ways to protect themselves and responses should be proportional. Shoplifting, expired inspection stickers etc. - no need to escalate to become a life-death situation. Hey-what-are-you-doing-get off me-I didn't do anything- is probably a natural response to many when unfairly accused. Resisting arrest is usually a misdemeanor and can be charged and adjudicated.

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Posted by Ellen Davidson Thom on 12/15/2014 at 12:34 PM

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