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Little Rock Board of Directors stifle dissent 

The Little Board of Directors doesn't win gracefully. Given $500 milllion by taxpayers at a special election Sept. 13, the Board has found time to punish those who stood in the way.

Robert Webb was denied a second term on the Housing Authority Board by the City Board of Directors, though confirmation of Authority recommendations is usually routine.

Webb, who campaigned against the sales tax, was rejected without explanation by the City Board earlier this month. Later, Mayor Mark Stodola for once spoke candidly to the Times. He remarked, "I am not surprised based on the tone of his rhetoric during the campaign."

This is still America? The City Board sends a city agency leader — one valued by his colleagues — to time out because he spoke out of turn? The Housing Authority Board has resubmitted Webb's name. The City Board could reject it again and name someone of its own choosing. That would be a direct affront to residents of Housing Authority homes who were preparing at our press time to express their support for Webb before the City Board.

Next week, we hope we can report a chastened City Board approved the renomination. Its original petulance was unattractive as well as counter-productive for a board that barely escaped with a tax win despite outspending opponents 20 to 1.

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