Favorite
If we had a choice, we’d choose to renovate the existing Ray Winder Field where it sits in War Memorial Park. Despite its defects — including seats that seem to get smaller and harder every year — the old ball yard has a certain charm about it, and the location, in midtown Little Rock on an interstate highway, seems just about perfect to us. And there’s free parking! Where do you get that these days? But better quarters for the Arkansas Travelers are needed — indeed, insisted upon by major league baseball officials — or Little Rock will be in danger of losing its team. Such a loss would entail a substantial lowering of the area’s quality of life. Attending Traveler games is one of the more enjoyable things to do here. No range of solutions is offered. The only solid proposal on the table is to build a new stadium on donated land in downtown North Little Rock, just across the Arkansas River from downtown Little Rock. North Little Rock voters are asked to approve a temporary one-cent increase in the city sales tax to pay for construction of the stadium. The tax increase, which would end after two years, would also pay for improvements at the Patrick Hays Senior Citizens Center. The Times recommends a vote for the tax. Admittedly, the sales tax is a regressive tax, impacting low-income residents more than their high-income neighbors. Unfortunately, it also seems the only kind of tax that can win approval for civic projects like new ballparks. And a two-year tax is less offensive than a permanent tax, especially since we know that a county-wide sales tax increase will eventually be required to pay for expansion of an inadequate county jail. We hope that the mayor of North Little Rock and other promoters of the ballpark tax will be no less supportive of the jail tax when the time comes. As for the Travelers playing their home games in North Little Rock rather than Little Rock, that’s scant ground for complaint. The team’s name was changed from Little Rock Travelers to Arkansas Travelers years ago, specifically to suggest that the state’s only professional baseball team does not belong to Little Rock alone. Of more concern is what effect the loss of the Travelers will have on midtown Little Rock. Already, War Memorial Stadium has lost one Razorback game a year, and there’s talk of closing the War Memorial golf course. Little Rock needs to be thinking hard about the neighborhood’s future. A large empty space in the center of town is not an inviting prospect. But, as we said, unless the Travelers get a better place to play, they’re apt to leave not just War Memorial Park, but Arkansas. Election day is Aug. 9. Early voting is under way.
Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

Latest in Editorials

  • The end of an era

    We're sad to report that Doug Smith has decided to retire. Though he's been listed as an associate editor on our masthead for the last 22 years, he has in fact been the conscience of the Arkansas Times. He has written all but a handful of our unsigned editorials since we introduced an opinion page in 1992.
    • May 8, 2014
  • A stand for equality

    Last week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel became the first elected statewide official to express support for same-sex marriage. His announcement came days before Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is expected to rule on a challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Soon after, a federal challenge of the law is expected to move forward. McDaniel has pledged to "zealously" defend the Arkansas Constitution but said he wanted the public to know where he stood.
    • May 8, 2014
  • Same old, same old

    Remarking as we were on the dreariness of this year's election campaigns, we failed to pay sufficient tribute to the NRA, one of the most unsavory and, in its predictability, dullest of the biennial participants in the passing political parade.
    • May 1, 2014
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

October

S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31  

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Trust and obey

    • A very timely and beautifully written piece. Indeed, the whole frightening paradigm is about preserving…

    • on October 15, 2017
  • Re: Trust and obey

    • Anyone else ponder how many times donald trump, playboy for five-decades, may have paid for/insisted…

    • on October 14, 2017
  • Re: Conspiracy theories

    • Here's the business end of the Politifact article cited above by Vanessa: "Newsweek's claim is…

    • on October 14, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation