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Re: “Freedom From Religion Foundation on monument destruction

Who is influencing this weak-minded person? Duh, it's Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Posted by E.W. Swan on 06/28/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Short-sighted Republicans stop planning grant for LR-Hot Springs trail

Well, this sucks! Cycling infrastructure is one of the best investments we could make for this state for tourism and for healthy citizens.

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Posted by E.W. Swan on 06/28/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Family Council to present 'courage' award to Rep. Justin Harris

Sir Harris ran away
Bravely ran away, away
When children reared their childish heads
He bravely turned his tail and fled
Brave Sir Harris turned about
And gallantly he chickened out
Bravely taking to his feet
He re-homed a very brave retreat
Brave, brave, brave, brave, brave sir Harris!

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Posted by E.W. Swan on 08/13/2015 at 7:08 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Motorists react angrily to 'road diet' for Riverfront Drive

Mr. Poole, you're implying somehow that bicyclists don't pay taxes. I assure you that we pay them just the same as you do. We fill up our cars with gas for trips to Home Depot or Kroger or Dillard's or their workplace just like you. For you to claim that your voice should "carry significantly more weight" is preposterous. It doesn't, and it won't.

You say you've moved away from the hassles of city life, and then tell those of us who DO live here and DO pay local taxes how to manage OUR roads... well, that's a quite presumptuous. (It tells me you don't belong anywhere near this conversation, but at least you give us a chance to respond to the notion of automotive privilege.)

It seems you missed the part in the article that mentions that the LRPD has tried officers handing out tickets along Rebsamen/Riverfront, with no lasting effect on speeding. So, that suggestion of yours goes out the window.

You talk about an imaginary "utopia" as if that's something being discussed. No one is asking for utopia. All we're asking is safe, viable transit for cyclists so that the growing number of people on bikes can choose to ride more practically. The former is impossible; the latter is not.

You talk about money being spent. I assure you, building a whole new bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure alongside Riverfront/Rebsamen will cost way more than repainting the lanes.

It's been proven time and again that lifestyle is a major draw for employers looking to base their operations. Look to Orbea's relocation in downtown Little Rock. Look at the grand opening of the green trail in Northwest Arkansas this weekend, and the draw it has been for local businesses. Cycling tourism isn't just some fad; it's a real, lasting phenomenon with economic and health benefits that last for decades.

As for getting with the 21st century? Turns out we're looking through the willfully obtuse fog of automotive privilege, rejecting backward-thinking mindsets, and using our heads, our handlebars, and our feet to move forward from the 19th-century invention that is the automobile.

Posted by E.W. Swan on 05/05/2015 at 9:39 AM

Re: “8 Chain Restaurants I'd Actually Like To See In Arkansas

The link I am sharing below is not a national chain; it's a four-store local pizzeria from the town where I grew up. Aside from the fact that I miss it terribly and nothing here is quite like it, I think "Quad Cities style pizza" would be a BIG thing here in Central Arkansas.

http://www.harrispizza.com/our_locations

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Posted by E.W. Swan on 07/23/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Food Feedback Friday: Let's get Krafty

Wednesday night, I took my family to Table 28, where we once again ate some of the finest food that Little Rock has to offer. "Mom, why are you ordering a second bowl of the soup?" my eight year old son asked, before spooning a sip into his mouth. His eyes grew wide. "Oh! THAT'S why!" He devoured the cup of soup before finishing the chicken and waffle appetizer, declaring it the best ever.

The pork belly hollandaise was divine, though I thought it was odd to have the crispy rind on top that I couldn't cut through. Solution: turn the food upside down, consume the heavenly tender pork, and then munch on the rind.

Salmon and tandoori chicken entrees were similarly delightful.

For dessert, we chose the sorbet, and our son ordered the vanilla bean cheesecake. My wife, who loathes cheesecake, declared she would eat Table 28's again.

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Posted by E.W. Swan on 06/27/2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Cheers & Jeers: Banana pudding to Baja Grill

I never heard of the Scotch Egg until the opening of Mylo. Such a beautiful creature.

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Posted by E.W. Swan on 06/09/2014 at 12:10 PM

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